Sesame tuna poke

Creamy raw tuna salad – the perfect fusion food from Hawaii and Japan

“Poke” is raw fish salad from the Hawaiian cuisine with sesame oil and soy sauce that is usually served as appetizer. I like to use the two rather unconventional ingredients tahini -a thick sesame paste- and ketjap manis – a thick Indonesian sweet soy sauce- to make this dish even better. The tahini makes the poke incredibly creamy and the ketjap manis gives it a nice sweetness. Every time I make sushi I always make sure to serve a nice bowl of sesame tuna poke with it.

Or make yourself a delicious poke bowl by putting your tuna on top of some rice. A perfect and healthy main meal!

Delicious tuna poke bowl

Recently I have even put this poke on a pizza as well! Sound weird? Oh well, it was really delicious! Just have a look at the picture below! Come on, you know that looks to die for!

Delicious tuna poke pizza with avocado and sriracha!

(For 1 small bowl of poke – enough as accompaniment for 4 people)

  • 2 spring onions
  • 1-2 jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoons tahini sesame paste, if you can’t find it use 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketjap manis (Indonesian thick sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha or chinese hot oil
  • 200g raw tuna, sashimi quality


Prepare the poke and let it marinade in the fridge

Finely slice the spring onions and the jalapeno. Mix well with all the other ingredients, except the tuna, in a bowl and season with black pepper and salt. Taste and adjust the seasoning if you think something is missing. This is your marinade.

Cut the tuna into small 1 by 1 cm cubes. Add the tuna to the marinade, mix well, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for about 4 hours.

Well, it’s raw tuna! Nothing more to for now!

Serve the tuna poke together with sushi rice in any way you like!


Let me know in the comments what you think of the recipe! Do you think the tahini is a step too far for poke? Think the flavors are overpowering the tuna? All your comments are welcome!

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  1. Fiya Fong
    June 27, 2016

    This is great but seriously lacking in Sake! I’ll let you slide this time but don’t let it happen again.

    • johnny
      June 27, 2016

      Haha thanks man, I can imagine that a splash of sake fits well in this. Though I doubt that sake is really authentic Hawaiian… But we’ve never been stuck to those traditions and conventions, right? 😀

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