A Hawaiian classic: Ahi poke is chunks of Ahi tuna and onions tossed in a sesame soy sauce marinade. An easy and delicious sashimi style dish.
Poke, pronounced poh-keh is a Hawaiian word meaning to “slice or cut crosswise into pieces”… But to anyone who is from Hawaii, poke is a popular dish made with chunks of raw ahi tuna tossed in a soy sauce based marinade. My husband is from Hawaii, so whenever we visit his family, he gets his fill of poke along with a few other Hawaiian food staples.
Even though I’m half Japanese, I grew up in a household that doesn’t eat fish. Whaaat?! I have my siblings to blame for that. If my mom cooked fish, they would turn their nose up at it. Because of this, I always thought I didn’t like fish. To top it off, my Japanese mother doesn’t like raw fish, so I NEVER had sushi or sashimi growing up. I thought it was gross. Why would you eat RAW MEAT?!
Anyways, after meeting my to-be husband in college, I was introduced into the world of sushi, and found out that it was actually… really good! However, after years of thinking I couldn’t eat raw fish, it’s still hard to kick that initial feeling of revulsion when I go to eat sashimi. I usually do better with maki (rolled) sushi where there’s rice and other things to balance it out.
What I’m TRYING to say is… I like this stuff in moderation. I can eat a little bit of it, and then I’m good. When I made this and we had it during lunch, I ate, maybe… 5 or 6 pieces. The flavoring was really yummy! But that was enough for me. My husband, on the other hand, ate like, half of it in one sitting. I’m saying he ate a half pound of raw tuna, people. In one sitting. He loves the stuff. He finished the rest of it off within a day.
Is it weird that I’m posting a recipe that I don’t love? I’m posting this because I know there are lots of people who DO love it. Including my husband. He’s so happy when he eats things that remind him of home, so I am more than willing to make something even if I just sorta pick at. According to him, this recipe was “spot-on”, and I trust him… he grew up eating the stuff.
If YOU love eating hunks of raw fish, then you should definitely make this ahi poke! Look at it, isn’t it beautiful?