Ahi Poke in Lettuce Cups

I fell in love with poke in Hawaii. It came with some plate lunches, and I could not get enough!  There are many variations – I love the really spicy stuff with little flecks of nori in it.  However, I made this for a family dinner that included people who have almost no tolerance for spicy food, so I took it in another direction.  The bright flavor of green onions and ginger mingle with the buttery-smooth ahi and the crunch of the iceberg lettuce is a perfect contrast.

1 head iceberg lettuce
3/4 lb sashimi-grade ahi
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, minced
2-4 tsp minced fresh ginger (depending on how much you like ginger!)
pinch sea salt
Pull apart the leaves of lettuce and find the crisp parts that will work well as lettuce cups.
Cut the ahi into 1/2″-3/4″ cubes.  Toss with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, green onions, and ginger.
Cover and refrigerate one hour.
Arrange the lettuce on serving trays and scoop a few cubes of fish into each.

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6 Responses to “Ahi Poke in Lettuce Cups”


  1. 1 Joelen December 28, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Looks delicious! I love poke too and while I was there, I wanted to have it part of each meal!

  2. 2 sweetteaintexas December 28, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Cate, this looks so good. I love the poke tuna at our favorite sushi place, now what a great way to have it at home!! 🙂

  3. 3 Katie December 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Can I just tell you that I am now forced to hate you? It’s pure jealousy actually, because this is totally one of my all-time favorites and you can NOT get good stuff around here. :::sigh:::

  4. 4 Lisa December 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I’m jealous as well of the ridiculously fresh tuna you must be getting in Hawaii! Not fair. It looks so good.

  5. 5 Maria December 30, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I love tuna. It is my fav! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. 6 gaga December 31, 2008 at 6:18 am

    How simple, fresh and delicious. This looks wonderful!


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