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This easy poke recipe is a refreshing Hawaiian salad of fresh ahi tuna steak cubes tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions for a dish full of umami flavor. I like to add chopped macadamia nuts even though they are not authentic — they add a delicious crunch! This makes 4 main course servings or 8 appetizer servings.

Recipe Summary

2 hrs
2 hrs 10 mins
10 mins
4 main course servings

When you find yourself with fresh ahi tuna steaks, may we suggest you use them to make our delicious ahi poke recipe? Tuna poke is one of the easiest seafood dishes you can make (seriously, it only takes 15 minutes to prep) and you will never be disappointed by the rich umami flavors the fish has to offer. 

Whether you're serving it on its own, in a poke bowl, or as a seafood appetizer, this poke recipe needs to be saved to your collection immediately. You can thank us later for introducing you to the best and most versatile poke recipe on the internet.

What is Poke

Poke (pronounced POE-keh) is a Hawaiian dish. Its name derives from the Hawaiian word "to slice or cut." The name is a good indicator of what the dish is because poke is traditionally sliced raw fish (usually tuna or octopus) that's marinated in a savory, umami-rich sauce made with soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. 

Poke can be eaten as is, but it's typically served in a poke bowl with other ingredients — like rice, vegetables, and hot sauce.

Poke Ingredients

This easy poke recipe only has a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand.

Ahi Tuna
Because you eat it raw, be sure to buy sashimi-grade tuna.

Soy Sauce
Soy sauce provides umami-rich flavors.

Sesame Oil
Sesame oil lends a nutty flavor to the marinade.

Green Onions
Green onions add color and a hint of flavor.

Toasted Sesame Seeds
Toasted sesame seeds will add a crunch to the poke as well as a light nutty flavor.

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts provide a little crunch to go with the soft fish.

Crushed Red Pepper (Optional)
Use the red pepper if you like a little heat.

How to Make Poke

Making poke is so incredibly easy. Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and allow it to marinate in the fridge for at least two hours. Serve as desired.

How to Serve Poke

We love serving poke in a poke bowl.

What's in a Poke Bowl?

There's no one-size-fits-all recipe for poke bowls. You can really let your imagination run wild. Most poke bowls include rice, vegetables (like edamame, cucumbers, carrots), avocado, seaweed, and sriracha.

How to Store Poke

Poke doesn't last that long because the fresh fish can start to go bad. So, poke is best eaten the day-of or the next day. 

However, you can store poke in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Love this recipe. Every time I serve this at a party, I always get requests for the recipe. It tastes great served on fried wonton chips and also on toast points. It's a winner and a keeper," raves foodie.

"I will definitely make it again! I added some seaweed salad and shredded carrots. I did not use any nuts. We ate it on a bed of Jasmine rice. Wonderful," according to Brenda Habegger Lyvers.

"Simple, great tasting poke. Everyone I make it for, loves it. Never knew it could be so easy. The only *, would be that the red chili's can get spicy if you don't measure exactly. Besides that, eat up," says jongodcat.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place tuna in a medium non-reactive bowl. Add soy sauce, green onions, sesame oil, sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, and red pepper flakes; mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.


Nutrition Facts

396 calories; protein 58.4g; carbohydrates 8.6g; fat 13.7g; cholesterol 102.2mg; sodium 3695.8mg. Full Nutrition