Local Style Ahi Poke

Happy Aloha Friday!

As I looked back on the recipes I’ve shared, I can’t believe I never shared a Hawaii classic! Ahi poke!  I grew up on various types of poke in Hawaii…ahi and octopus mostly, but ahi seems to be the popular one.

Local Style Ahi Poke via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

I snapped these pics SUPER quick the other day after I made a quick batch. I asked some of my Facebook readers if they wanted the simple recipe, because I assumed many already know being that I have a lot of readers that are family and friends from Hawaii. But for anyone else, why not? It is simple and hopefully you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already.

Ahi is such a buttery beautiful fish when eaten raw, that it doesn’t need much additions. So seasoning should be very limited. I added shoyu (aka soy sauce), a touch of sesame oil and sesame seeds, sea weed, Hawaiian salt and red pepper flakes.
Local Style Ahi Poke via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

This is the Hawaiian salt that we use. We have this white one and a red “clay” salt. I seem to use the white one more often for some reason. If you have never had Hawaiian salt before..it’s pretty awesome! It’s coarser than what you’re used to and perfect for curing such as in lomi salmon or kalua pork.


Local Style Ahi Poke via LittleFerraroKitchen.com
The add-ins are endless really and use your own judgement with measurements. This is really a “to your own taste buds and preferences’ kinda thing, but I will share how I made mine generally speaking. I’ve seen some poke with red onion or with avocado and different types of sea weed and ginger. But really, use what you have on hand. My only suggestion is to not let the flavorings overpower the already beautiful fish, but just enhance it.

Local Style Ahi Poke

These measurements is just a simple guideline. Season to your own taste, for example, more or less red pepper or more salt.


  • 1 lb ahi tuna, cut into cubes
  • 3-4 Tb shoyu (or soy sauce)
  • 2 green onion, chopped
  • 1 Tb sesame oil
  • 1 Tb sesame seeds
  • 2 Tb seaweed
  • 1-2 tsp Hawaiian salt
  • 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. If using dried seaweed, make sure to reconstitute it in warm water before adding into dish.


Local Style Ahi Poke via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

Enjoy!  How would you make your poke?


  1. says

    I LOVE the red clay salt. :-) It’s like pieces of magic!

    I’m going to try your poke! Seasame oil is a favorite of mine even though I rarely use it. Time to change that. Thanks for posting your recipe sis!
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