4 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Leftover Poke

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I’ve written about how to make the most of leftover chicken and steak and even turned last night’s dinner into an omelette for breakfast.

But today, let’s talk about poke—the Hawaiian dish made from raw fish dressed with sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar and other seasonings.

After a trip to Hawaii recently (where we ate our fair share of poke), I decided to bring home some extra salmon fillets so that my husband could recreate his own version at home using fresh ingredients from our local grocery store.

Since then, we’ve both been working through the remainder of our stash in various ways and thought it would be fun to share some ideas with you!

4 ideas for leftover poke

Turn the leftovers into a quesadilla

You can also turn leftover poke into a quesadilla and serve it as an appetizer or side dish.

This recipe is easy to make, can be made in advance, and requires no cooking skills whatsoever.

  • To make your own quesadillas, spread refried beans onto one side of each tortilla (this will act as the glue that holds everything together) and sprinkle cheese over them.
  • Add any other toppings you like! We recommend avocado slices or pickled red onions.
  • Wrap each tortilla in foil and place it on a baking sheet or grill pan; cook until cheese is melted inside, 5-10 minutes depending on how hot your oven/grill is running at that moment.
  • Remove from heat once baked through and serve immediately with fresh salsa if desired!

Clip the fish with a pair of kitchen shears into bite-size pieces

Next, use a pair of kitchen shears to carefully clip the fish into bite-size pieces.

The key here is to keep the fish cold until you are ready to use it—so keep it on ice in a tub filled with water until you’re ready for some poke bowls!

Wrap up your leftover poke in plastic wrap and pop them into the fridge for later.

Or if you’re feeling hungry now, just eat ’em up!

The best way to store your leftover poke is in a container that can be sealed tightly, like a mason jar or plastic container.

You’ll want to keep it in the fridge and eat it within two days of making it.

Or cube and freeze it for later use in other dishes such as ceviche or poke tacos

If you have leftover poke, try freezing it so that you can enjoy it later on in the form of ceviche or poke tacos.

To freeze, simply place the leftover poke cubes in a sealed container and freeze until solid.

It should keep for up to three months if stored properly.

When defrosting, remove from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for about an hour before using.

It’s also important to note that you should never refreeze poke that has been thawed, as this can cause it to lose its freshness.

If you do defrost and then freeze your leftover poke again, make sure to use it within a day or two.

Leftover poke is best turned into something new

So you’ve got some leftover poke, and you’re not sure what to do with it.

Here are four ways you can use up your leftover poke:

  • Use it as a topping for ceviche.
  • Ceviche is a dish that’s typically made with raw fish, but there are no rules when using leftovers! This recipe calls for cooked tuna and vegetables in addition to the usual ingredients (lime juice, onions).
  • Serve this dish chilled or at room temperature with tortilla chips or crackers on the side.
  • Make tacos out of your leftover poke meat—you can use tortillas or lettuce leaves as wrappers if you like! Check out this recipe from Food & Wine that features mango salsa and slaw (or if you want something more simple, try one of these other taco recipes).
  • Turn your leftovers into quesadillas—this type of sandwich is traditionally made by grilling tortillas until they’re crispy on one side then flipping them over to cook briefly on their other side so that cheese melts onto both sides simultaneously when added later on top before serving time arrives; however there’s no reason why making quesadillas couldn’t involve simply heating up some shredded cheese between two pieces of bread instead–giving everyone who eats them an option between making sandwiches vs eating straight from hand! Something tells me these would go great alongside some fried bananas too 🙂

What is poke?

Poke is a Hawaiian dish of raw fish, typically tuna or salmon, seasoned and served with seaweed over rice.

Poke is most commonly found in Hawaii, but it has become more popular in the U.S.

Recently, poke restaurants have been popping up across the country and there are plenty of DIY recipes for home cooks to try out as well.

Poke can be served as an appetizer or main course and comes with a variety of toppings and flavors depending on how you like your poke prepared.

Some people prefer their poke seasoned with sesame oil or Sriracha sauce while others enjoy their bowl topped with spicy seared octopus or avocado slices instead!

Is poke still good after a few days?

You don’t have to worry about your leftover poke going bad.

Poke is a raw fish salad, so it won’t spoil easily.

In fact, you can store your leftover poke in the refrigerator for up to a week.

The only time that you should be concerned about whether or not your poke has gone bad is if it smells bad or looks slimy and/or grayish in color; then it’s best to discard any remaining pieces of the fish.

If you do end up with some spoiled poke on hand and are looking for ways to use it up without wasting anything, there are plenty of options! Tofu is often used as an alternative base for sushi rolls (and even some sauces!) when raw seafood isn’t available; try mixing some spoiled tuna into some spicy mayonnaise along with a few other ingredients—like carrots or cucumbers—and enjoy this tasty treat instead!

How long can you keep your leftover poke?

You can refrigerate leftover poke in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

If you’ve got a lot of leftovers and need to store them for longer, the best way to do so is by freezing them.

Poke will last frozen for up to 3 months, but try not to keep it that long.

Poke freezes well if it’s stored in a freezer-safe container or bag (which most takeout containers are).

Be sure that there isn’t any extra liquid in your container—liquid will cause the poke to spoil more quickly once it’s thawed out.

How do you store leftover poke?

The good news is that you can store leftover poke in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

If it’s fresh enough, though, you might not want to wait that long before eating it again.

The bad news? Well, I’m sorry to say that if your poke has been frozen and defrosted once already (like mine), then its texture may have changed slightly from what it was when first made.

That said, I’ve had some great tasting “frozen” poke from a restaurant before; so don’t let this stop you from trying out other recipes like Poke Bowls or Hawaiian Nachos!

How should I reheat leftover poke?

If you want to reheat the poke, placing it in a microwave and heating it on high for 30 seconds is the easiest method.

Make sure to stir after every 30 seconds until it’s piping hot! If you don’t have access to a microwave, you can also reheat the poke by placing it in a pan over medium heat.

If you don’t have a microwave or a stove, there are other ways to reheat poke.

You can also place it in an oven preheated to 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes.


If you’re looking for something to do with your leftover poke, these recipes are just what you need.

Whether it’s an appetizer, a salad or even dessert, these dishes are sure to delight both your taste buds and your eyes!