Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well.

I’m mentally prepping for our trip to Kauai next month with these Girls Night in 5 recipes!  Light, delicious and with nearly limitless flavor combos, poke is one of my favorite easy, healthy dishes!  Who else loves poke?

Last time we were in Kauai, almost every corner market has a deli case with a couple different varieties of house-made poke!  Once we made that discovery, I was pretty much set when it came to lunch every day.  Poke, please!  

Poke can be made with so many different flavors, toppings, and types of fish!   If you like the taste and texture of raw fish, there is a poke flavor for you for you.

I thawed some sashimi grade ahi steaks for my poke.  Cut them into not-too-thin of slices, and drizzled them with my saucy toppings of choice.  Added some other things for taste/texture.  And voila:  Poke!  This post contains recipes for 2 different kinds of poke.  Each recipe contains 5 or fewer ingredients and after about 3 minutes to of cutting and assembly, you better have those chopsticks ready;)  Most of us have have had the teriyaki or soy-glazed varieties of poke, so I wanted to steer clear of that in favor of more unexpected flavor combos.  To me, these feel slightly more grown-up and appropriate for a girls’ night, while also being totally delicious!

One combines ahi with the acidity of grapefruit pieces, the crunch of breakfast radish, and the texture of poppy seeds.  The other is a spicier ahi with lime juice, a dash of fish sauce, sliced jalapeño, and a pinch of sesame seeds.

Also, guys, I want to add a little disclaimer on this recipe and future additions to the Girls Night in 5 series.  You probably know that girls night in 5 recipes are supposed to only contain 5 ingredients.  But, if you have hung out with me here on Almost Properly for more than 5 minutes, I’m going to assume that you always have 3 things on hand: salt, pepper, and olive oil (or another oil).  So, in most cases I will exclude these things (and water) from the 5 ingredient total.  To me, this just makes sense.

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Now is the time to break out those crisp Rieslings!  As a washingtonian, I am proud to say that Washington Rieslings typically fit the optimal level of crispness here.  Or opt for a sparkling wine that acts also as a palate cleanser like a Spanish Cava (Trader Joe’s has some great Cava options at even better price points)!

Cheers to a fabulous ladies’ night in!

5 Ingredient Poke Recipes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

    Grapefruit Ahi:
  • 1/2 lb. ahi tuna, sliced into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/4 grapefruit, skin removed, and fruit cut into thin slices
  • drizzle olive oil
  • pinch pink himalayan salt or kosher salt
  • pinch freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 breakfast radish, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. poppy seeds
  • Spicy Lime Ahi:
  • 1/2 lb. ahi tuna, sliced into 1/2" pieces
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vietnamese or thai style asian fish sauce
  • 1/2 jalapeno, very thinly sliced
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sesame seeds

For each type of poke, arrange fish slices in a single layer on separate serving trays and add a couple pinches of salt and black pepper.

For the grapefruit ahi poke, arrange sliced grapefruit on top. Add radish slices. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil. Add another pinch of salt and pepper, then sprinkle with poppy seeds.

For the spicy lime ahi poke, drizzle lime juice evenly over the fish. Then sprinkle the fish sauce over the top as well. Add jalapeño slices and another pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil and top with sesame seeds.