This beautiful balmy weather we are having always sends me back to the tropics. And next beautiful cool waters and sandy beaches and boat drinks, my favorite past time is the food. I have a major food crush on all that comes from the seas. Couldn’t you tell by my shrimp boil? I would eat seafood of some sort every single day if I could. But being in a land locked state it is difficult to come by the good stuff, that is why when I do, I whip up a batch of one of my favorite luau dishes – Poke.
I have never been to Hawaii, but if I ever did. I would eat this. Every. Single. Day.
Every cook/chef/islander has their own version of poke. This is one that was shared with me many many years ago from a friend who was from the big island. It has gone thru a few changes, and I think it tastes just AMAZING!
Hawaiian Poke (serves 4)
- 2 lbs sashimi grade/fresh ahi tuna
- 1 sweet Maui Onion, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced or grated lemon grass (juice of 1 lemon can substitute)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- fresh cracked pepper (to taste)
- Hawaiian sea salt
- optional: green onion for garnish
Blot the tuna dry and dice it into ½” cubes. Cover and set in the refrigerator.
In a large bow mix together the rest of the ingredients till well blended. Set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until you are about ready to eat.
When you are ready to eat, add the tuna cubes to the bowl of sauce and mix well to coat. Serve immediately (with bread fruit chips or taro chips, if you can get them.)
Visit Shindigz for all your Luau party supplies including the starfish pictured above!
Recipe by Heather Jurczyk, the sassy half of the duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer.
From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. They know what’s important. Love. Food. Beer. Visit He Cooks She Cooks for more recipes.