Edamame Poke


If you have ever been to the Hawaiian Islands, you’ve probably seen or tasted poke (poe-keh). Traditionally, poke is chunks of raw fish (poke means “to cut”) tossed with shoyu (similar to soy sauce), Hawaiian sea salt, seaweed and sesame oil. If you are a fan of sushi, then you would love poke. Although poke is most traditionally associated with fresh fish, today the term is used a broad definition of many types of marinated foods. Go to any grocery in Hawaii and you’ll see what I mean.

Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish, but it was popularized in the early 1990’s by famous Hawaiian chef, Sam Choy.

Today though, I made edamame poke, and it is such a great snack that I thought I would share it. Its a little bit of Hawaii in your kitchen whenever you need it! I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures..I ate it too fast!

The following recipe can be used for any other poke you like: ahi, snapper, crab, mussels, the list goes on…If you are going to use fresh fish, I caution you from over-seasoning and losing the clean, pristine flavor.

All seasoning is to taste, so have fun! This can also be refrigerated for a refreshing post-workout snack!

Edamame in pod (fresh or frozen) (Cooked/Steamed)

Shoyu (you can substitute soy sauce)

Hawaiian Sea Salt (or other coarse sea salt)

Sesame Oil

Chile Flakes (or paste)

Ogo Seaweed (some people skip this, but it is a traditional and key ingredient)

Its simple: mix the ingredients together to taste (be careful not to add too much sesame oil, it can make the dish very cloying).

Noh foods of Hawaii makes a packet of sea salt, ogo and chili flakes that is a great started for anyone interested in trying this out. You can purchase it through Hawaiian Food Online.

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About the Author

An aspiring cook and an accomplished eater, Tara is inspired by the world around her and the food on her plate. "When you can't jump on a plane and take a vacation to an exotic destination, chances are you can whip up a dish or go to a restaurant that will take you there." says Tara. She often eats out at a restaurant after trying to accomplish a given dish at home. None the less, she enjoys food and what it says about the human experience. Tara is a full-time freelance writer and blogger. She specializes in writing about food, cooking and travel. You can find her in the kitchen, on the plane or at her computer.