Sometimes the best things in life are the easiest & I love easy. Take this gift from Hawaii for example, the active prep time is 10 minutes with just a few ingredients but the end result is truly spectacular! This simple man`s plan to healthier eating today comes in the form of Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke. This is such a great warm weather dish, it`s refreshing & savory at the same time with a little spice to kick things up a bit.
If you`re not familiar with Poke here`s a little info from our friends at good ole Wikipedia. Poke /poʊˈkeɪ/ is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Pokē is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”. Traditional forms are aku (an oily tuna) and he’e (octopus). Increasingly popular ahi poke is generally made with yellowfin tuna. Adaptations may feature raw salmon or various shellfish as a main ingredient served raw with the common “poke” seasonings.
Poke began with fishermen seasoning the cut-offs from their catch to serve as a snack. Traditional poke seasonings have been heavily influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines. These include soy sauce, green onions, and sesame oil. Others include furikake (mix of dried fish, sesame seeds, and dried seaweed), chopped dried or fresh chili pepper, limu (seaweed), sea salt, inamona (roasted crushed candlenut), fish eggs, wasabi, and Maui onions. Other variations of poke may include cured heʻe (octopus), other types of raw tuna, raw salmon and various kinds of shellfish.
Now that you have a little background on this amazing dish let`s get started because I`m hungry! Here`s my version of Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke.
Fresh Tuna- 2lbs cut into 1/2 inch cubes
Soy Sauce- 1/4-1/2 a cup. If you have gluten allergies look for gluten free soy.
Coconut Milk- 1/4 cup
Toasted Sesame Oil- 2 Tablespoons
Ginger- 1 Tablespoon grated or minced.
Green Onion- 1/2 cup thinly sliced.
Red Onion- 1/2 cup thinly sliced.
Habanero Chile Pepper- 1 seeded & deveined minced.
Sesame Seeds- 1 Tablespoon Toasted. A quick look at the players today. Not much to it but so ridiculously good!!Start by dicing your tuna. I like 1/2 inch cubes but cut it the way you want. A sharp knife is good here for nice clean cuts.Prep the ingredients for the marinade. Thinly slice the onions & mince the habanero chile. Grate or mince the ginger. I used bottled ginger today because there was no fresh at the store but that`s how it goes sometimes.In a dry skillet toast the sesame seeds over medium heat. 2-3 minutes until all golden & pretty.Make the marinade. Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, habanero pepper, coconut milk, sesame seeds, red & green onions & stir.
Add the marinade to the fresh tuna & gently stir.You could eat it right away but my preference is to cover this yumminess & refrigerate for about an hour until well chilled. That`s all there is to it. So simple right. You`re ready to serve.Garnish with a little more green onion & a few sesame seeds if desired. They just make the dish pop.
Enjoy your Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke! You`re going to be so happy to have this in your life!