Spicy Salmon Poke and Deliciously Simple Ahi Poke

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Poke has become popular all over the country.  But what exactly is poke?  Pronounced Po-Kay, it is a raw fish dish that originated in Hawaii.  The word poke means “to section” or “to slice”.  It is typically made with soy sauce, seaweed, sesame oil and chili peppers.  I had heard a lot about it, but never tried it.  I’m a sushi fan, so I’m not sure why I avoided poke – and then I had some!  Oh my – I’m hooked!

Here is the recipe for two different versions of the dish – one for a spicy salmon and one with ahi tuna.  Both are made with ingredients that can be found at almost any grocery store and both are delicious!

Note:  Make sure the fish you buy is high quality – either sushi quality or a good, flash frozen piece that you know will be extremely fresh!

What you need:

Ahi Poke

  • 5 oz. Ahi steak
  • The white of two green onions
  • A sheet of baked seaweed
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon flaked sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon mirin (a sweet, Asian cooking wine)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Spicy Salmon Poke

  • 5 oz. salmon steak
  • The white of two green onions
  • A sheet of baked seaweed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon ponzu sauce
  • ½ teaspoon flaked sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon mirin (a sweet, Asian cooking wine)
  • ½ of a large Serrano chili, minced
  • 1 Tablespoons soy sauce

How to Do it:

Cut the fish into equal sized bite sized pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

Cut the green onion whites into thin strips, length-wise.

 

 

 

 

 

Slice the baked seaweed sheet into strips. 

Mix everything together (except one of the green onion whites – save that out for garish), cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but not more than 8.

Serve cold with more whites of green onions for garnish.

Makes 1 serving each.

Serve it alone, with sticky rice or on top of a fresh, green salad!

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10 Responses to Spicy Salmon Poke and Deliciously Simple Ahi Poke

  1. Oh yes! I have been seeing poke everywhere and have never tried it myself. It always looks so good but I haven’t seen a good recipe for it. You just solved my problem. I want to try both but I think I will try they ahi tuna one first because I love ahi! this looks so bright, fresh and a fun summer dish.

  2. I love that they are so delicious yet so easy to make:)

  3. Teresa says:

    Sounds interesting, I’ve never tried this before. Thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  4. I’ve heard of this but I’ve never actually tried it. It looks really good though! Might be time to be a bit adventurous 😀 #FridayFrivolity

  5. Carrie says:

    Thank you for sharing on the Whisk It Wednesday Link Party! Tomorrow when the new party starts your link will be featured! Be sure to check it out. Have a wonderful week! ~ Carrie’s Home Cooking

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