Make the traditional raw tuna salad like a true Hawaiian

Kathleen Blumenthal
I love to cook and expand the boundaries of cooking
Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke

Homemade ahi poke salad is a delicious treat that is ready in 20 minutes. It contains tons of healthy nutrients and topped with fresh tuna and self-made sauce. The key to a good salad is high-quality fish. These days you can find it at any fish market and in quality grocery stores. You can use any type of fish, but tuna is the classic option.

The hardest part of the recipe is finding a quality piece of tuna. Once you have it, the rest of the ingredients are in your kitchen already. You can eat the salad by yourself with a chilled cocktail. It’s a perfect meal to clean out the fridge and test new flavors.

Ahi poke is quick, protein-loaded, healthy meal that will leave you feeling full yet energized and refreshed. It has been in the culture for hundreds of years and has been making its way to other countries. More people are realizing what a nutritious, delicious salad it is. The best thing is that there are endless possibilities for dressings and ingredient combination, there is a version for everyone.

This ahi poke recipe is one of the authentic combinations. It features classic ingredients with an added twist from homemade sauce.

Make the traditional raw tuna salad like a true Hawaiian

Prepare the delicious ahi poke bowl yourself. This recipe is topped with flavorful and gentle marinated tuna and loaded with healthy proteins and fats.

Course Lunch & dinner
Cuisine Hawaiian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 260 kcal


  • 3 juiced limes
  • zest of ½ lime
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 pound quality fresh or frozen tuna
  • 1/2 chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 diced avocado
  • 1 bag mixed greens


  1. First, you need to make the base. Take a large bowl and mix lime juice and zest, sesame oil, rice vinegar and white peppers.

  2. Let the sauce chill for 5 minutes.

  3. Store frozen leftovers for 2 weeks.

  4. Cut all tuna into small parts, add to the sauce.

  5. Add onions, avocado, Sriracha, greens, sesame seeds.

  6. Make sure tuna is coated in the sauce.

  7. Let it chill for a couple of minutes and your ahi poke is ready.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer extra crunch, add crispy baked wontons. You can add shredded carrots, pickled ginger, crab meat, furikake, seaweed salad, dried seaweed. Another option is to cut tofu into small cubes, let it marinate for 30 minutes and add to the salad for an extra protein.


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