When in Hawaii, eat Poké! These Ahi Poké Wontons are the perfect Hawaiian appetizer to start any dinner party- island themed or not. Seasoned cubes of fresh ahi tuna piled onto crispy wontons, all topped with the works- they are SERIOUSLY Ono.
Fresh fish is abundant in the islands and the most popular way to utilize it is by making Poké! I have so many fond memories of lunches at the beach with little containers of assorted fish.. and my toes in the sand. Kauai was truly the ideal place to grow up!
I’ve made lots of variations with Poké, and we love a creamy Poke Bake for light dinner, and Ahi Katsu to serve as an appetizer at parties. These Ahi Poke Wontons fit right in, and they are so easy to make- and gorgeous to serve.
- Won Tons: square wontons are perfect for this- you can bake them or fry them, although i find they are crispier when fried!
- Fresh Tuna: because the fish is eaten raw, choose the freshest, Sashimi-grade tuna available. It should be deep red in color. Slice into even sized cubes.
- Vegetables: fresh sliced avocado, sliced white and purple onion, and green onion (or chives) for topping.
- Island Sauce: a creamy homemade dressing made with mayo, mustard, soy sauce, and lemon juice. this is a great condiment to have in the fridge(make up to a week in advance), and it perfect for using on BBQ Chicken Wontons.
How to Make Ahi Poké Wontons
Prepare the tuna by slicing it into even chunks and seasoning with soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili flakes. Add sliced onion and green onion and toss to combine.
Next prepare the Island Sauce by whisking all ingredients together in a small container.
Fry or bake the wonton chips.
- First add avocado slices. I like to thinly slice the avocado and press down on the slices to fan them out for presentation.
- Add about 3 cubes of tuna per wonton(along with some sliced onion)
- Drizzle over island sauce and finish with sesame seeds and scallions to garnish.
Make the best wontons- by hand! They are easy to make and you can add fun additions like flax seeds or sesame seeds(as seen in the above photo). Try this easy Homemade Wonton recipe.
Have other vegetables on hand? Experiment with edamame beans, thinly sliced cucumber, red pepper strips, white cabbage, and microgreens.
Prep Ahead: The ahi poke can be made up to one day in advance, but keep in mind that the fish will get darker in color the longer it sits in the seasoning. It will still taste delicious!
Want it spicy? Add 2 teaspoon of sriracha to the tuna cubes, or freshly diced hot red pepper.
What to Serve with Ahi Poke Wontons
Wontons are the perfect appetizer to begin your party…
For a full Hawaiian meal, also make:
Ahi Poke Wontons
For the Poké:
- 500 grams ahi tuna cut into large cubes (see note for tips)
- ½ white onion thinly sliced
- 2 scallion stalks thinly sliced
- 2-3 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon sriracha
For the won ton:
- 10 black sesame wontons
- ½ an avocado
For the Poke:
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the tuna cubes with onion slices, soy sauce, sesame oil, and chilli flakes. Mix to combine well, cover, and place in the fridge to marinate for around an hour.
For the island sauce:
- Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and mix to combine well. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or ziplock bag(cut off the corner to create a squeeze container for easy drizzling.
- Peel the avocado and thinly slice it, then gently press down on the slices to fan them out.
- Top each wonton with a couple of avocado slices, and top with ahi poke. Drizzle with island sauce. Add chopped chives to the top of each.