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The best Poke Sauce is easy to make with just a handful of simple ingredients! Whether you are using salmon or tuna to make a poke bowl at home, this sauce is seriously delicious and will add SO much flavor to your dish.

Nothing beats a good homemade sauce recipe! Plus, we have a variety of tried and true Asian-inspired sauces that will really take your meal to the next level.Here are some of our favs that you’re sure to love: yakitori sauceyum yum sauce, katsu sauce or sweet chili sauce!

Side shot of a small glass jar with poke sauce in it.

Reasons You’ll Love This Poke Sauce

  • Simple Ingredients: This recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare but also relies on basic pantry staples, making it incredibly convenient. Additionally, with just a few essential ingredients on hand, you can whip up a delicious dish in minutes. It’s perfect for busy days or when you need a satisfying meal in a hurry.
  • Such Delicious Flavor: If you’ve never made your own poke sauce, then you’re in for a real treat. The blend of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and honey creates a delicious balance of flavors. As a result, you’re going to absolutely love the way it tastes!
  • Versatile Uses: This sauce is not only perfect for poke bowls, but it also works wonderfully as a marinade or drizzled over rice and seafood bowls.

What’s in Poke Sauce?

You only need a handful of simple ingredients to whip up this poke sauce recipe. In fact, you might already have everything you need in your kitchen! To get started, check out the recipe card below for the exact measurements.

  • Soy Sauce: This umami-packed ingredient contributes depth and richness to the sauce.
  • Rice Vinegar: This is the perfect way to brighten the taste.
  • Sesame Oil: Adds a nutty, earthy flavor that is so good with all of the other ingredients.
  • Honey: This will add sweetness to balance out the savory flavors. Depending on how sweet you like your sauces, you can add more or less.
  • Ginger: For a fresh and tangy kick.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic will infuse your fish with a wonderful savory taste!
  • Lime Juice: Acidity to balance the sweetness and saltiness of the other ingredients.
  • Sea Salt: To enhance the flavor.
Overhead shot of individually labeled ingredients.

How to Make This Recipe

You’ll love how quickly you can whip up this sauce and enjoy a homemade poke bowl! It’s so simple, and the result is absolutely mouthwatering!

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients, then whisk them together.
  2. Serve: Pour over a poke bowl, or use as a marinade for poke bowl ingredients.
Overhead shot of a bowl of all the poke sauce ingredients dumped in a bowl.
Combine the ingredients into a bowl and whisk.

Tips and Variations

You can easily customize this poke sauce to suit your tastes! By making a few additions or substitutions, you can make it sweet or spicy. Moreover, this versatile sauce can be used in a variety of ways. Here’s how:

  • Use as a Marinade: If you are using it as a marinade, marinate your fish or other ingredients for at least an hour. 
  • Make it Spicy: If you like spice, try adding 1 teaspoon of sriracha sauce. 
  • Poke sauce uses: This sauce can be used for your favorite poke recipe. Whether it’s a tuna poke bowl, a salmon poke bowl, fresh ahi, shrimp, or tofu poke, it all tastes amazing! You can also use it in a seaweed salad or even as a sauce for sushi.
Overhead shot of a wooden spoon dipping into jar of poke sauce.

Storing Leftovers

Poke sauce, like most sauce recipes, becomes more flavorful the longer it sits. Therefore, here’s how to store any leftovers you might have:

  • In the Refrigerator: Store unused sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Angle shot of a plate with rice, chunks of crab, seaweed, avocado, and cucumber with poke sauce being drizzled over the top.

Other Sauces to Try

My favorite way to dress up a simple meal is with a tasty homemade sauce. They’re quick and easy to mix up, and there are plenty of different options for almost any occasion! Here are some of my favorite recipes that you HAVE to try!

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  • In a small bowl whisk together all the ingredients.

  • Pour over a poke bowl, or use as a marinade for poke bowl ingredients.

Calories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 4405mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of ‘The Tried and True Cookbook’, a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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