'Ahi Poke Hawaiian-Style #1

'Ahi Poke Hawaiian-Style #1

Recipe of the Week - 'Ahi Poke Hawaiian-Style #1

Serves 4 to 6 as appetizer

This dish typifies contemporary Hawaiian style. It blends traditional Hawaiian ingredients ('ahi, Hawaiian salt, limu kohu) with Asian touches (shoyu, sesame oil) to create a multi-cultural blend of flavors. I've always maintained that Hawai'i is at the crossroads of the culinary universe; this simple but tasty dish is case in point.

  • 1 pound sashimi-grade 'ahi, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 1 medium-size tomato, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shoyu
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, OR 1 Hawaiian chili pepper, trimmed and minced
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, chopped for garnish

PREPARATION: Combine the 'ahi, tomato, onion, shoyu, sesame oil, sugar, and the red chili pepper flakes or minced chili pepper. Mix well. Allow flavors to blend for 1 hour before serving. Garnish with the chopped green onion before serving.