If you’ve visited Hawai’i, you may have experienced delicious ahi poke bowls. If you can access some delicious fresh fish, these recipes offer a chance to experiment with homemade fresh ahi tuna poke — and then some!
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Poke. A verb meaning to make a prodding, jabbing, or thrusting movement especially repeatedly.
So says Webster’s.
But travel west to the islands of aloha and you’ll find that poke means something entirely, lusciously different. Pronounced po-keh, this Hawaiian word meaning to slice or cut describes a savory dish made with raw fish.
Traditionally, fresh fish such as ahi, ono, or salmon is mixed with seaweed and kukui nut relish, cut into bite sized pieces, and flavored with salt, shoyu (soy sauce) and vinegar. Available at most grocers in ready-to-eat containers, poke is the ultimate Hawaiian fast food and a staple in Hawaiian homes.
Delicious Poke Bowls
Poke bowls are seeing a surge in popularity, with poke restaurants popping up across the US continent. These meals-in-a-bowl combine the fresh flavor of poke with a variety of fresh vegetables and rice.
The recipes below take the concept even further, offering not only fish, but vegan bowls that are reminiscent of their fishy counterpart, bowls that use shrimp, and cooked chicken bowls. It’s a fun play on traditional poke.
Looking for more flavorful dinner ideas with an international flair? Try these Asian-inspired recipes or make some homemade sushi!