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Hawaii Deep Sea Fishing - Preparing Fresh Ahi Poke

The dish that is probably the most popular in Hawaii is fresh Ahi Poke, prepared using yellowfin tuna that comes from the waters around Hawaii. The fish is quite impressive, and if you are able to reel one on, you can be certain that at least a portion of the fish will be used to poke at some point, and you can guarantee that it will be delicious. Hawaii Deep Sea Fishing is important in bringing fresh fish back to local markets, supplying the islands with the freshest fish in the Pacific.

When you’re finally in Hawaii, be sure to ask around for a place to get the best poke. There are a few different preparations for the dish, from the classic to more exotic preparations that are becoming increasingly popular, and every chef likes to put their own little spin on it, crafting something that is delicious and unique. One of the best ways to enjoy fresh poke is to pick some up and grab some locally brewed beer, and head to the beach.

If your trip is still in the planning stages or you are just looking for a little bit of paradise at home, you can make poke in your own kitchen. It is a very simple dish that packs huge flavor, and is sure to remind you of Hawaii. All you need is a few ingredients, a little time, and you will have an authentic Hawaiian dish that will only be missing the beautiful beach.

Here’s a great recipe for making poke at home:


1 pound ahi (yellowfin tuna) steaks
Scant 1/4 cup sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 scallion, sliced on bias (about 1/4 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons black sesame seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons macadamia nuts (roasted and unsalted), chopped and toasted
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon 'alaea or Hawaiian sea salt, or coarse Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Slice the tuna: Using a sharp knife, cut the tuna into 1-inch cubes. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Combine all ingredients: Add the onions, garlic, sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Gently mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate: Cover the poke with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or up to 2 days.

We’re sure that you will eat your fair share of poke while visiting Hawaii, and heading out on a deep sea fishing adventure is a great option if you’re looking to find the freshest Ahi around. By making poke at home, you’ll be ready for your trip and will be more than ready to visit the islands and sample all of the different variations of this delicious dish.

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