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Perfect Poke

Perfect Poke

Finding and perfecting a go-to poke is highly personal and depends on your preference for spiciness, acidity, and herbs like cilantro and scallion. This recipe is a personal favorite of mine and can serve as a base as you tweak it to (your) perfection. I buy sashimi grade tuna frozen at Fresh Market for $3.99 a pound specifically for this recipe. If you’re not local to a Fresh Market Whole Foods typically has fresh options as well (albeit more expensive).



Makes 1 lb of poke

  • 1 lb fresh ahi tuna, chopped into ½ inch cubes
  • 3 tbs chopped scallions
  • 2 tbs chopped cilantro 
  • 1 ½ tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbs fresh squeezed lime juice 
  • 1 tbs black sesame seeds 
  • Optional: Togarishi or your favorite chili sauce, 1 tsp grated garlic or ginger, 1 tsp yuzu sauce 



  1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl and gently toss to combine. Garnish with additional cilantro, Togarishi, and lime juice as needed. 


  1. This is great as an appetizer with chips or your favorite sesame crackers. Alternatively, you can also use this to top rice and salad bowls for a balanced meal.
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