My First Poke

We eat most fish on Fridays and Saturdays, since I prefer to eat fish on the day that I bought it. The well-known Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam is just a few blocks from the office, and I should take more advantage of that to go there and get fish during my lunch break so we can have fish on other days of the week as well as we both love fish.

When I was on the Albert Cuyp market I saw some nice tuna and thought it was time I would give ‘poke’ a try. Poke is a Hawaiian dish that I had never heard of before, despite having been to Hawaii for a week two years ago. I had noticed it on Richard McGary’s blog before, but only when I saw the photo of the Baby Lady smugly enjoying poke I knew I really had to try this 🙂 I was not disappointed, as we both loved it and I will definitely make poke again.

Poke is a Hawaiian dish made with raw tuna (called ahi in Hawaii, either big eye tuna or yellowfin tuna) and a variety of other ingredients. I based my first attempt upon Richard’s post about Pesto Poke, but I added some avocado as well and replaced the cilantro with parsley. 

I served the poke like this to honor Richard’s presentation — he uses martini glasses but I don’t have those. Here’s what I did, although you should really go over to Richard’s blog if you want to try this for yourself.


For 2 servings

300 grams (.66 lbs) sashimi grade tuna

2 hass avocados

1 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley

2 green onions, chopped

1 chile pepper, stemmed and chopped

50 grams (1/4 cup) macademia nuts, chopped

2.5 cm (1″) fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped




Cut the tuna into 1.5 cm (3/4″) dice. Season with salt.

I had forgotten to chop the macademia nuts first. My poor blender did manage to whiz them into smithereens, but it’s better to chop them first as your blender may become too warm otherwise.

Combine the parsley, green onions, chile pepper, macademi nuts, and ginger in the blender. Add some salt as well.

Process, slowly adding oil while you do so, until you obtain the consistency of pesto. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt.

Remove the seed from the avocados and peel them. Cut the avocado into similar dice as the tuna. Combine the tuna, avocado, and pesto in a bowl.

Stir gently to mix, without breaking up the tuna or avocado.

Serve at once.


5 thoughts on “My First Poke

  1. I’ve never tried poke, Stefan, but it looked good over at Richard’s “house” and it looks mighty good here, too. Like you, I would substitute parsley for the cilantro but wouldn’t change anything else. I wouldn’t want to risk ruining a good thing — and your poke is definitely a good thing.


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