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Spicy ‘Ahi Poke Recipe

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Spicy ‘ahi poke made with cubed pieces of raw tuna, tossed in a creamy spicy sauce, and served chilled is the perfect appetizer or side dish. Less than 15 minutes and you’ve got yourself a twist on a traditional Hawaiian recipe.

spicy ahi poke on a white plate

Calling one, calling all, calling all my poke fans. if you love a little spice, then this is the poke recipe for you.

While not a traditional Hawaiian or Japanese recipe, this simple spicy ‘ahi poke recipe is packed with bold flavors and can be tossed together in under 15 minutes. Perfect as an appetizer, side dish, or even as a meal on it’s own.

It goes great as a topping on crispy rice, as a filling for sushi too.

What is poke?

Poke in Hawaiian means to slice or cut and is used to describe a variety of dishes in Hawai’i. Traditionally poke was made with cubed up pieces of raw fish tossed in various marinades. Today there are traditional Hawaiian poke recipes, Japanese style shoyu ‘ahi poke recipes, and so many other variations.

Spicy ‘ahi poke ingredients

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

  • Kewpie mayonnaise. This is a Japanese style mayonnaise made with egg yolks and can be found in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores. Best Foods mayonnaise is a great alternative if you can not find Kewpie mayo.
  • Sriracha. You can’t have spicy ahi, without some spice. Pack in a little or a lot. You can opt to use your spice sauce of choice here if you wish.
  • Shoyu. This is a Japanese style soy sauce that can be found in the Asian aisle. Adds a little salty and umami flavor.
  • Sesame oil. A powerhouse of flavor. You don’t need very much.
  • Sashimi/sushi grade ahi (tuna). Be sure to source your fish from reputable sources as this will be consumed raw.
  • Green onion. Adds a little color and a bit of pungency.
spicy ahi poke ingredients

What kind of fish is spicy tuna?

Spicy tuna is made using a fish known as tuna, or what we in Hawai’i like to call ‘ahi. Commonly this is the yellowfin variety, but you can use it interchangeably with bluefin tuna.

Is spicy tuna healthy?

‘Ahi is a great source of healthy lean protein and rich in vitamins and minerals. While this spicy tuna recipe uses a touch of mayo, it is still a great protein source.

Is spicy ‘ahi keto?

You bet. Spicy ‘ahi is a great keto friendly dish that 

spicy ahi on a white plate top down view

How to store spicy ‘ahi poke?

Raw fish is best kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, take out only what will be eaten immediately and the remainder can stay in the refrigerator or kept over ice.

How long does raw fish last outside of the refrigerator?

Raw fish can be unrefrigerated for 1-2 hours at most. Anything left out for more than 2 hours should be discarded. The fish can be returned to the refrigerator and cooked the next time it is used if left out for less than 2 hours.

Can you freeze poke?

Poke can be frozen. Wrap it in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container or zip top bag. This will keep for 2-3 months to maintain the best freshness. Frozen fish can keep longer, however it can lose quality over time.

chopsticks picking up spicy ahi

Other great seafood recipes to try

How to make spicy ‘ahi tuna?

spicy ahi poke on a white plate

Spicy 'Ahi Poke Recipe

Yield: 1 pound
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Spicy ‘ahi poke made with cubed pieces of raw tuna, tossed in a creamy spicy sauce, and served chilled is the perfect appetizer or side dish. Less than 15 minutes and you’ve got yourself a twist on a traditional Hawaiian recipe.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup kewpie mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon shoyu
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound sashimi grade 'ahi
  • 2 teaspoons thinly sliced green onion

Instructions

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

Notes

*Optional garnish: sesame seeds.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 478mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 28g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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

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By on October 16th, 2021

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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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