How to Make Poke

Learning how to make Poke only takes a few minutes and a really good piece of seafood.

Really good Yellowfin tuna or Ahi is probably the most popular fish used in this raw Hawaiian salad. 

Other popular choices for Poke are Wild Caught Salmon, Octopus, Shellfish, and other Fish.

Basically, Poke is the Hawaiian word for small piece and Poke is made with small pieces of seafood and a sauce.  And there are many many variations of Poke that you will find in Hawaii.

How to Make Poke Bowl


  • Fresh Tuna
  • Onion & Green Onion
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Sesame Seeds & Sesame OIl
  • Rock Salt & Shoyu
  • Steamed White Rice

This is the basic recipe for how to make a poke bowl and is a favorite meal for locals in Hawaii.

How to Make Poke Salmon

Be sure to use only Wild Caught Salmon to make this Poke recipe.

How to Make Poke - Spicy


  • Japanese Mayonnaise
  • Hot Sauce
  • Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna
  • Hawaiian Sea Salt
  • Shoyu
  • Japanese Seasoning Blend
  • Sesame Oil
  • Fish Eggs
  • Green Onions

Spicy Ahi Poke is a very popular type of Poke eaten in Hawaii.

Sometimes spicy Poke will feature Kim chee for the heat.

This is another version of a spicy Ahi Poke and maybe a healthier version because it leaves out the mayonnaise.

However, if you make your own mayonnaise with healthy oils, then I do recommend the spicy Ahi Poke with mayonnaise.

Using Kukui Nuts in Your Poke

Kukui nuts are used to enhance a Hawaiian style Poke. 

This nut was prized in Ancient Hawaii and was used in many ways.

Kukui nuts are very high in oil just like the macadamia nuts that you will find abundantly in Hawaii.

This nut is rich in essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and Omega 6 - in a balanced way.

And the kukui nut has medicinal properties.

Another name for the kukui nut is candlenut.  And the kukui nut was used to create light by burning its oil.

Beautiful leis and bracelets can also be made from the hard shells of the kukui nut.

The Kukui nut tree had a spiritual meaning to the people of Ancient Hawaii and to wear a kukui nut lei was a symbol of wearing a lei of light.

Kukui nuts are used to make inamona which is a condiment used in traditional Hawaiian cuisine.

Usually made with roasted or toasted kukui nuts and Hawaiian sea salt.

It is used in Poke to give it a Hawaiian taste and is often accompanied by limu seaweed which is another traditional Hawaiian condiment.

How to Make Limu aka Ogo Poke

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