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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes

Flash Poke

Type of Cuisine: Local
Provided By: Federico Acoba Jr.
Category: Local Favorite Pupu
From: Kekaha

In the true spirit of “make ’em how you like ‘em,” this dish was inspired by leftovers from the night before, what was in the freezer, and the spices or sauces available in your pantry. My grandpa, Fred Acoba, would go fishing with his buddies then cut the fish into blocks for sashimi and poke for parties or dinner. Any leftover poke from the night before was fried the next day. The recipe was made up of whatever ingredients he had around the house. It is a staple dish that is featured on the Waimea High School football food booth menu at Hanapēpē Stadium.


1 lbleftover poke
2 tbspsesame oil
1 packetS&S dashi
2 clovesgarlic
½ cupshoyu
1 tbspbutter
1 tspcalamansi or lemon juice
1 pinchred pepper flakes
to tastepepper


  1. Heat sesame oil in a small wok or frying pan
  2. Add butter and minced garlic to hot oil, stirring constantly
  3. Add poke and shoyu to the pan, stirring constantly
  4. Add dashi packet, pepper flakes, pepper, and calamansi or lemon juice
  5. Stir until all sides of the poke are seared

Recipe submitted by Beau Acoba, Grandson of Federico Acoba, Jr.