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<i>128 Recipes that saved my life...or at least my dinner</i> by Bridget Davis

128 Recipes that saved my life...or at least my dinner by Bridget Davis

Hawaiian Style Poke from <i>128 Recipes that saved my life</i> by Bridget Davis


With a professional life spent life cooking at renowned restaurants, successful gastropubs and in corporate catering, Chef Bridget Davis' brain is brimming with recipes, tips and knowledge.

She usually shares this with her significant online following but has now added a more traditional means of communication to her portfolio, a book. 128 Recipes that saved my life...or at least my dinner is full of dishes that haved worked both in restuarants and at home.

This recipe is for a fresh, fusion dish.

Hawaiian Style Poke

Bridget writes:

I must admit my weakness for ahi poke (pronounced POH-kee), a raw tuna dish that is lightly soused in soy sauce and sesame oil then mixed with other ingredients such as seaweed, chilli, onions and mayonnaise. Although not authentically traditional, this is Hawaiian fusion food at its finest.

The texture of the tuna is jelly-like in consistency, producing a wonderfully sensory eating experience. It’s not unusual to see a cold deli cabinet in Hawaii filled with long trays of various poke like salmon, octopus, mussel and crab poke that can be bought by the pound, by the tub or on rice for the infamous lunchtime poke bowl.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 500 g (1 lb) of fresh yellowfin tuna, cut into bite-sized dice
  • 3–4 tbsp light soy sauce, sashimi quality
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp shredded nori

Optional extras

  • Sprinkling of chilli flakes, added to personal liking
  • ¼ onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs of spring onions, green part only, thinly sliced

For spicy poke

  • 4 tbsp good-quality mayonnaise or Japanese kewpie mayo
  • 1–3+ tbsp sriracha sauce (depending how hot you like it)
  • 2 tbsp tobiko or flying fish roe, optional


Place the fish into a bowl and pour over enough soy sauce to just coat all the pieces. Add the sesame oil and mix together lightly and evenly.

Add the sesame seeds, nori, onions and spring onions, if using. Mix again lightly and, if using chilli flakes, add them now to your liking.

Cover the bowl with cling film and allow the poke to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

For the spicy poke, complete all the steps above, except leave out the chilli flakes. Mix together the mayonnaise with the sriracha sauce and add it to the poke along with the fish roe.

Mix gently and chill in the refrigerator as above.

To serve your poke, you can lay spoonfuls over warm white rice for a traditional island poke bowl. You can also add fresh avocado and seaweed to keep within traditions. I like to serve it as a side dish as part of a buffet or dinner table.

Secrets + Tips:

If you can’t get your hands on tuna for this recipe, salmon is an adequate alternative. Salmon is an oily fish like tuna, so takes on the sauces and flavors well. Poke will last if stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day, but is best eaten freshly prepared.


This recipe from 128 Recipes that saved my life...or at least my dinner by Bridget Davis is reproduced with the kind permission of the publishers.

See links below for recipes from this book and read more about 128 Recipes here »

128 Recipes that saved my life...or at least my dinner by Bridget Davis is published by New Holland (NSW; Feb 2018; HB;230pp; RRP A$35.00). it is available at all good bookshops and directly from the publishers »

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