Pokeworks classic sauce recipe

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Poke is a part of Hawaiian cuisine going back hundreds of years. The original poke has undergone various changes over the years, as Western countries have modernized it and marketed it as something new.

This led Ηawaiian culinary heritage advocates working to raise awareness to the original poke. Traditional poke bowls were only seasoned with seaweed, Hawaiian rock salt and kukui nuts.

If you want a traditional Poke Bowl or something else suited to your taste, you can get these at Pokeworks. Pokeworks meals all share the same magic ingredient: the Pokeworks classic sauce.

In this post, you will learn how to properly prepare the Pokeworks classic sauce recipe at home.

Quick Meal Facts about Pokeworks classic sauce

Pokeworks’ popular classic sauce is based on a simple ginger and sesame vinaigrette, layered with Umami Shoyu, aioli, ginger, soy sauce and wasabi. It’s a match made in heaven for any seafood topping.

Prep time

5 minutes

Cook time

3 minutes

Rest time

2 hours (optional)

Total Time

8 minutes to 2 hours

Ease of Cooking 

The recipe is easy to follow and you don’t need to have any kitchen experience preparing it.


4 servings


Appetiser, Side dish



Ingredients to use in a Pokeworks classic sauce recipe

If you want to make Pokeworks classic sauce at home, you may need to stock up on a variety of store-bought ingredients as you’ll need only a small portion of them. First, you need to prepare the sesame-ginger vinaigrette and then proceed to make the classic sauce.

For the sesame-ginger vinaigrette: 

  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tsp of ground or minced ginger 
  • 2 tsp of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of regular soy sauce (or dark soy sauce)
  • 7 tbsp sesame oil
  • 5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

For the Pokeworks Classic Sauce: 

  • 5 tbsp sesame-ginger vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp sweet ginger Shoyu sauce
  • 3 tbsp Umami Shoyu
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 squeezed lime 
  • Half handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp hawaiian salt (or coarse sea salt)

Equipment Needed

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Blender

Cooking method

  1. To make the sesame-ginger vinaigrette, put the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix them for a few minutes until they blend nicely. 
  2. It’s recommended to place the vinaigrette in an airtight container for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to blend.
  3. Once the vinaigrette base has rested, put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until they emulsify (for about 1 minute). This will give the sauce a smooth, even texture.  
  4. For the best experience, let the Pokeworks classic sauce sit for a few hours or even overnight. 

Serving Suggestions

You can easily use your Pokeworks classic sauce to many other dishes than just poke bowls. Any seafood meal will pair well with this fantastic tangy-citrus sauce. You can serve the sauce over with grilled halibut or as a dipping sauce with salmon. For a revitalizing asian salad, combine the Pokeworks classic sauce with a fresh seaweed salad.

However, remember that the traditional serving method for this sauce is to accompany diced raw fish, commonly raw tuna which can be prepared in just a few minutes. Nothing can be a simple recipe of yellowfin tuna or bluefin tuna, sprinkled with Hawaiian rock salt and covered in a pokeworks classic sauce.

If you want to give it a more eastern-Asian twist you can experiment with pickled ginger, lime juice, sesame seeds sushi rice or a rice bowl containing brown rice or white rice.

It is best to source your ingredients for a traditional Hawaiian fish dish from a seafood market


The pokeworks classic sauce can stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week. However, it should be kept in an airtight container to preserve its aroma and sauce taste. Remember to let the sauce warm up at room temperature before serving as the taste comes out better in contrast to a cold sauce.

Nutritional Information of Pokeworks classic sauce

2 oz of Pokeworks Classic sauce have 210 calories. The total fat of this sauce is 24% (10% saturated). It’s also high in sodium which makes 27% of the calories of the sauce. 

Health Benefits

Pokeworks classic sauce is a nutritious yet delicious sauce that can be added to a variety of poke bowls. In general, poke bowls are made with healthy ingredients, so it’s important to acknowledge some potential risks. For example, the soy sauce used in the making has high levels of sodium, it can raise blood pressure and increase the chances of a heart disease if overly consumed.

How can I tweak the Pokeworks classic sauce recipe?

If you want to slightly tweak the Pokeworks classic sauce, we’ve got you covered! To make a gluten and wheat-free version, substitute tamari for the soy sauce. 

If you’re missing some ingredients listed in the recipe or cannot find some of them in the grocery store you can easily adjust or substitute many of the ingredients. For example, If you don’t have wasabi on hand, you can easily replace it with Sriracha and the overall flavor will be surprisingly close. Instead of sesame seeds and oil, you can also use tahini. Even though there may be a change, the sauce will be fantastic.

Some diced jalapenos instead of chili, would also do the job. If you find it hard finding sweet ginger soy sauce, you can make it at home by slicing some ginger and then adding a sweetener of your choice, such as honey or maple syrup, before adding sweet ginger soy sauce and cooking them altogether. 

You can also go for a fruity twist to your ahi poke bowl by including fresh pineapple juice, or lime juice made with fresh limes.   


Are there any specific brands of ingredients used in the sauce?

Unfortunately, we’re unsure of the exact brands of ingredients that Pokeworks use in their classic sauce. In addition, even after sourcing all the ingredients, and following the recipe still can go wrong. It’s super hard to replicate a professional recipe as the ingredients can differ in texture and taste. So, it’s better to experiment with different brands until you find your favorite ones.

Is the Pokeworks Classic sauce gluten free?

Unfortunately the sauce is not gluten free, however you can replace soy sauce with tamari for a gluten- and wheat-free version of the Pokeworks Classic recipe.

Is the pokeworks classic sauce lactose free?

Pokeworks classic sauce is lactose free so it’s safe to consume if you’re lactose intolerant.


The Pokeworks classic sauce, even though dense with ingredients and rich in flavor, is a light, and airy sauce to add to your Poke Bowl. Next time you’re craving this mouthwatering sauce, you can make it at the comfort of your home, following our recipe. Don’t let the number of ingredients intimidate you, this Pokeworks classic sauce will fill your palate!

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