Chef John's Hawaiian-Style Ahi Poke


This Hawaiian-style poke recipe is so basic that even the most inexperienced cooks can make something close to what you'd find in a restaurant. The catch? You have to use only the freshest tuna you can find, even if that means frozen. I like to serve this on sushi rice with sliced seasonal vegetables. You can also serve it over cold noodles, on a salad, or with fried wonton chips as an appetizer.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins



  • cup thinly sliced green onions

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons crushed, roasted macadamia nuts

  • 1 tablespoon finely crumbled dried seaweed

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

  • ½ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1 pound sushi-grade ahi (yellowfin) tuna, cut into 3/4-inch cubes

For Finishing:

  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Make the poke: Whisk green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, macadamia nuts, seaweed, ginger, pepper flakes, and salt together in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add tuna and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

  2. Remove poke from refrigerator and stir. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds, then drizzle lemon juice over top.

Chef's Notes:

Don't add vinegar or citrus juice to the marinade. You won't get the same texture that we're looking for here.

You can use lime juice or seasoned rice vinegar instead of lemon juice for finishing.

Editor's Note:

Consuming raw seafood may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
12g Fat
3g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 1197mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 593mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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