Spicy Avocado Ahi Poke

by Lauren

Cooking with my mom is probably one of the most unnecessarily complicated feats. Every time we start doing things in the kitchen together we talk (a lot) and cook at the same time.

While I am great at multitasking, she has some trouble focusing on our conversation and the meal at hand. It’s never my fault. Smile

An extra cup of flour (or two) has gone into cookies, the three cups of lime juice I spent thirty minutes squeezing for ceviche has been dumped into a steak marinade instead, we have forgotten the sugar in bread pudding at Christmas, and these premade cookie jars really suffered.

Ina’s Oatmeal Maple Scones we made this weekend didn’t escape our cooking mishaps.

One pound of butter was somehow translated into one stick of butter. The end result was a delicious scone but it was missing 3/4 of the calories butter.

Honestly, still a really great scone that was a tad on the dry side. I didn’t miss it though because I felt far less guilty eating them!

Ahi Poke on the other hand is very tough recipe to mess up, even for my mom and I.

It just takes a little of this, a dash of that and the amount of ginger, sprouts, green onion, and soy sauce all really depend on how you like it.

This is one of my all time favorite meals.

My mom makes it best of course so I’m sharing her recipe with you today!

She even demonstrates how to cut Ahi for you:

If you enjoy having a crunch factor in your food then a great addition would be to top it off with some fried wontons.

This makes a great, and I mean great, gourmet, healthy meal in ten minutes.

Spicy Avocado Ahi Poke

1 lb. Ahi

1/2 avocado, diced (still semi-firm but ripe)

1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/3 cup spicy sprouts (radish or daikon)

2 green onions

1 tablespoon ginger, grated

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons sesame seeds plus 1/2 teaspoon for garnish


Rub ahi with olive oil and roll in sesame seeds. Sear for one minute on each side in a hot skillet. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

Place soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add ahi, sliced green onion, red pepper flakes, sprouts and avocado and toss.

It can of course be eaten immediately but is even more delicious if you can stand to let it marinate for 30 minutes.


Enjoy this while eating on your patio in the heat of summer as you sip on a glass of crisp white wine. Perfection.

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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14 Comments to “Spicy Avocado Ahi Poke”

  1. Ah I love ahi! I’m always scared to buy it though (living in the desert!) and I always want to over cook it for safety :)

    Cooking with mom is always fun! No matter the outcome 😉

  2. Ive never worked with ahi in my own kitchen before…I used to eat TONS of it about 10 yrs ago at this one restaurant I always used to go to and of course in sushi.

    yours looks awesome!

    and is that a new header? it looks great!

  3. Cute post! My mom and I cannot really even be in the same kitchen when cooking!

  4. This looks so light and refreshing! I haven’t worked with ahi before, but now you have inspired me!

  5. This cracked me up- I’m the queen of getting distracted when trying to multi-task in the kitchen. It’s just so hard to carry on a conversation AND read a recipe! It’s Monday morning and I should have coffee on my mind, but my mouth is watering thinking about your Poke. I’ll have to get down to the Asian market to pick up some good Ahi soon!

  6. I’ve never worked with ahi but this looks so refreshing and fool-proof to boot!

    As long as the scones are edible, it’s a win-win situation. And less fat too.

  7. Lauren

    I totally agree. I expected them to be rock hard but they were mighty tasty!

  8. Lauren

    haha I hate when that happens! You’re stuck behind a desk dreaming of foods you could be cooking up at home!

  9. Lauren

    Try it out! It’s a lot easier than you would think :)

  10. Lauren

    I’m sure that’s a problem in many households. After 24 hours cooking for holiday meals we’re over each other too!

  11. Lauren

    Eek I would be a little scared myself…I’m sure it’s fine though. Test it out, it’s worth it! haha

  12. this looks amazing! i cant wait to try this!

  13. Haha this is too funny. My mom and I work pretty well together in the kitchen, but are constantly, and I mean constantly, bumping into each other. There’s definitely been some spilled buttermilk, flour, melted butter, you name it. Great quality time though, so it’s well worth it. Everything looks delicious!

  14. This looks so delicious! Reminds me of a seared tuna and watercress salad I love.

    Thanks for writing a great blog!