Melt in your Mouth Poke

I apologize in advance, because if you actually make this poke, you will never eat any other poke.   So if you enjoy Safeway’s poke, your neighbor’s poke, or just the ability to eat poke at all those backyard luaus that you attend, just ignore this post.  But if you want amazing, melt-in-your-mouth poke that even self-admitting ‘non-fish’ eaters enjoy, go ahead and give this a try.  As in all recipes, feel free to adjust the ratios to taste.

Melt-in-your-Mouth Ahi Poke Recipe


  • 5 parts sesame oil
  • 2 parts chili oil
  • 3 parts brown sugar
  • 7 parts soy sauce
  • Sashimi grade ahi (yellow-fin tuna) or aku, cut into bit sized chunks (approximately equal parts fish to sauce ratio, ex- 1 cup of fish to 1 cup sauce…)
  • Garnishes- sesame seeds, chopped avocado, furikake, chopped onions, green onions


Mix the oils together.  Add sugar and mix. Add soy sauce and mix.  Chill for 20 minutes.  Add fish and mix.  Serve immediate or marinate an hour or as desired, garnishing before serving.   Grab your own helping and then quickly back away from the bowl. Its like feeding sharks.

The Ultimate Fish Taco Recipe

Okay readers, I promised some fish recipes, but there has been no fishing since I’ve started blogging, so, I’ll just start posting my favorites, and will update with pics the next time they are made!

I love this recipe.  I could eat these tacos over and over again.  In fact, I do.

This originally appeared in Coastal Living Magazine, March 2005, modified over the years to fit our taste buds.  Don’t be intimidated by the long ingredient list for the tacos- it’s probably all seasonings you already have in your spice cabinet.  The other great thing about this recipe is all the parts can stand alone – put the zesty sour cream or salsa on anything.  We cook the fish on the grill (a cast iron griddle/pan is great for this), and if you toss flour tortillas on the grill during the last couple minutes, until they are barely getting toasted, the whole thing just melts in your mouth.  This recipe is also easy to double or triple if you are feeding a crowd!  (like, if you were going to cook up this guy- the fish, not the guy…)

The captain with his catch of the day

You can make a lot of tacos with this fish...

The Ultimate Mahi Mahi Taco Recipe

  • 4 (4-ounce) mahi mahi fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • flour tortillas


  1. Combine the spices and sprinkle over all surfaces of the fish. Grill fish over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) for 4 minutes. Turn fish over, and grill 4 minutes or until fish becomes opaque and begins to flake. Remove skin, and break fish into chunks.
  2. Grill the tortillas 1 to 2 minutes each side.
  3. Fill each tortilla with fish and top with Avocado Salsa and Zesty Sour Cream (recipes below). Serve immediately

Avocado Salsa

  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 avocado, diced

Preparation- Combine first 6 ingredients; cover and chill 30 minutes to 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in diced avocado.

Zesty Sour Cream

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation- Stir together all ingredients. Serve slightly chilled.

BUSY MOMMY TIP- You can make almost everything from this dish ahead of time.  Early in the day, mix together the seasonings, make the salsa (minus the avocado) and the sour cream, so when it’s time for dinner, just season the fish, and while it’s cooking add the avocado to the salsa.

This is a great recipe for entertaining, not too difficult but super tasty.  Goes great with margaritas and Jimmy Buffet playing in the background.