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Get ready for a taste explosion with these spicy ‘ahi poke tacos! Tender pieces of sushi-grade tuna are marinated in a spicy blend of sauces and seasonings, then piled high on top of a crispy wonton taco shell. Topped creamy avocado, these tacos are bursting with bold flavors and textures. 

poke tacos on a plate

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Each bite offers a delicious combination of spicy, savory, and slightly sweet flavors that will leave you wanting more. Whether you’re a poke fan or just love tacos, this fusion dish is sure to impress your taste buds and become a new favorite.

Hawai’i is known for its diverse cuisine that reflects the many cultures that have influenced the islands over the years. The fusion of different culinary traditions has given rise to a unique food scene that celebrates the flavors and ingredients of both East and West. 

top down view of poke tacos

From spam musubi to loco moco, Hawai’i’s fusion dishes are a reflection of the rich cultural heritage of the islands and have become popular staples of the local cuisine. 

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, exploring the world of fusion food in Hawai’i is a must-do culinary experience. And we’ll start with poke tacos.

Tuna poke tacos are a fusion of two iconic dishes, Mexican tacos and Hawaiian poke bowls. The tacos are filled with fresh chunks of sushi-grade fish, crunchy veggies, and a tangy sauce, all wrapped up in a crispy taco shell. 

close up of poke tacos

Here are a few reasons why you should try making poke tacos at home:

  • Easy and quick to make: Poke tacos are a simple and quick meal to prepare, making them a great option for busy weeknights or when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
  • Customizable: You can easily customize your poke tacos to suit your taste preferences. Whether you like your tuna spicy or mild, or prefer a specific type of taco shell, the possibilities are endless.
  • Health benefits: Poke tacos are a healthy meal option that are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fresh vegetables. They’re a great way to incorporate more seafood into your diet and provide a delicious alternative to traditional meat-based tacos.

Ingredients needed to make ‘ahi poke tacos

(Full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post)

For this recipe I like to use spicy ‘ahi poke. But you can also use shoyu ‘ahi poke, Hawaiian style poke, or even spicy salmon poke. 

poke taco ingredients

For the spicy ‘ahi poke

  • Kewpie mayonnaise. This is a Japanese mayo that can be found in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, feel free to use the mayonnaise of your choice.
  • Sriracha. Or your favorite hot sauce.
  • Shoyu. Japanese style soy sauce.
  • Sesame oil. A little goes a long way. Be sure to use sparingly as to not over power the dish.
  • Sashimi grade ‘ahi. It’s important to get fresh tuna from a reputable source. If you can’t find fresh tuna, fresh frozen will also work.
  • Green onion. Adds a pop of color, texture, and flavor.
  • Maika’i Organic Nori Furikake. This can be found at your local Foodland in the Asian aisle.

For the taco shells

  • Wonton wrappers. Thin sheets of dough made from flour, water, and salt, commonly used in Asian cuisine and can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
  • Vegetable oil. Or the frying oil of your choice.

For the avocado crema

  • Avocado. I really like Haas, but any variety will do.
  • Cilantro. A little. A lot. Totally up to you.
  • Sour cream. This adds a little more creaminess to the crema.
  • Limes. Fresh limes are best, but you can use packaged lime juice if that’s all you can find.
  • Garlic. Fresh is also best here.
avocado crema ingredients

How to make poke tacos

First start with the poke. Make the spicy ‘ahi poke sauce and set aside. Then cube up the ‘ahi and toss with the spicy sauce. You’ll want to let the poke marinate in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

spicy 'ahi poke in a white bowl

Next, you’ll make the taco shells. For this I like to use wonton wrappers. Cut the square shaped wrapper into a circle using a round cookie cutter.Heat your frying oil of choice and gently place the wonton wrappers in the oil to fry until golden brown and crispy. 

Use the back of a wooden spoon or spatula to help shape the wrappers into a taco while frying by pushing down gently on the wrapper. Remove from the oil and let it drain and cool.

Lastly, you’ll want to make the avocado crema. Add ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

bowl of avocado crema

And now for the fun part, assembling the tacos. Use the wonton wrapper as the taco shell. Layer in the spicy ‘ahi poke and top with avocado crema. You can opt to top with furikake and green onions as well.

Tips for the best poke tacos

  • Choose Fresh Ingredients: Opt for the freshest sushi-grade fish available to ensure the best flavor and texture for your poke.
  • Marinate the Fish: Take the time to marinate the fish to enhances the taste and add depth to the dish.
  • Add Variety to Toppings: Get creative with your toppings! Consider adding crunchy elements like sliced radishes or crispy wonton strips, along with creamy components like diced avocado or a drizzle of spicy mayo, to add contrasting textures and flavors.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between poke tacos and traditional tacos?

Poke tacos differ from traditional tacos in terms of their filling. While traditional tacos often feature seasoned meats or vegetables, poke tacos are filled with marinated raw fish, typically sushi-grade tuna. The flavors and ingredients used in poke tacos are influenced by Hawaiian and Asian cuisines.

Can I use any type of fish for poke tacos?

While poke tacos often uses tuna, you can experiment with other types of fish as well. Salmon, tako (octopus), or shrimp can be used as alternative options for the fish filling. Just ensure that the fish is fresh and suitable for raw consumption.

Is it necessary to marinate the fish for poke tacos?

Marinating the fish is a key step in preparing poke tacos as it infuses the fish with flavor and enhances its taste. Marinating the fish for at least 15-30 minutes allows the flavors to penetrate the fish and adds complexity to the dish.

3 poke tacos on a plate

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Poke Tacos

Relle Lum
Get ready for a taste explosion with these spicy ‘ahi poke tacos! Tender pieces of sushi-grade tuna are marinated in a spicy blend of sauces and seasonings, then piled high on top of a crispy wonton taco shell. Topped creamy avocado, these tacos are bursting with bold flavors and textures.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Local
Servings 12 servings
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the spicy 'ahi poke

For the taco shells

For the avocado crema

  • 2 avocados pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice about 2 fresh limes
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Instructions
 

For the spicy 'ahi poke

  • To a small bowl add mayonnaise, sriracha, shoyu, and sesame oil. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  • Next slice the ‘ahi into small cubes about 3/4 inch thick.
  • Place ahi cubes in a bowl and add the spicy mayo mixture along with the green onion. Gently toss to coat.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

For the taco shells

  • Heat a small pot of oil over medium high heat to 350F. While the oil is heating up start cutting the wonton wrappers.
  • Using a round cookie cutter, cut the wonton wrappers into a circle shape.
  • Place the wonton wrappers into the oil and fry for 30 seconds to a minute or until golden brown. 
  • Remove from the oil and place on a cooling rack set over a cookie sheet or on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

For the avocado crema

  • To a blender, add avocados, cilantro, sour cream, lime juice, and garlic. Blend until smooth and creamy.

To assemble

  • Use the wonton wrapper as a taco shell. Add ‘ahi and top with avocado crema. Optionally top with extra furikake and green onions. ENJOY!

Notes

Tips for the best poke tacos
  • Choose Fresh Ingredients: Opt for the freshest sushi-grade fish available to ensure the best flavor and texture for your poke.
  • Marinate the Fish: Take the time to marinate the fish to enhances the taste and add depth to the dish.
  • Add Variety to Toppings: Get creative with your toppings! Consider adding crunchy elements like sliced radishes or crispy wonton strips, along with creamy components like diced avocado or a drizzle of spicy mayo, to add contrasting textures and flavors.

Nutrition

Serving: 1eachCalories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 10gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 286mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 940IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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By on May 27th, 2023

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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