Is Poke Gluten-Free? How Poke Loa Makes Healthy Food for All

By Poke Loa May 10, 2019

One of the most popular questions we get is, “Is poke gluten free?” With an endlessly customizable menu and unlimited toppings, Poke Loa is proud to offer gluten-free poke bowls to all who request them. At Poke Loa, we craft each bowl to specifically fit your own unique dietary needs.

Poke bowls are created to be some of the healthiest meals you can eat at any time of the day. Delicious fresh proteins like salmon and tuna, along with a mouth-watering variety of locally sourced and freshly cut vegetables, allow you to design the perfect bowl for you. In New Orleans and its surrounding areas in Louisiana, Poke Loa is becoming the go-to restaurant for those looking for a healthy lunch or dinner option. Having gluten-free options for guests is an important part of any healthy restaurant.


What Makes a Poke Bowl Gluten-Free?

A gluten-free diet is a diet that avoids gluten protein. Gluten is mainly found in grains such as rye, barley, wheat, and triticale, which is a cross between rye and wheat. Those who strictly follow a gluten-free diet may do so to manage the symptoms of celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where gluten triggers the immune system to act in a way that damages the lining of the small intestine. As time goes on, this damage prevents the body from absorbing the nutrients it needs from food. A gluten-free diet is also popular with people even if they don’t avoid gluten for medical reasons. Those who avoid gluten for their own personal health reasons claim that it helps them lose weight and sustain their energy throughout the day.

Foods that you want to focus on when following a gluten-free diet contain healthy fats and proteins. Typical foods to design your meals around include:

  • Healthy meat proteins
  • Fatty fish
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthy oils
  • Avocados
  • Low-carb vegetables (leafy greens, onions, peppers, etc)
  • Low-sugar condiments


So is poke gluten-free?

When choosing the right ingredients, absolutely! Poke bowls are delicious, fresh, and easy to customize to match any dietary lifestyle, even those that are looking for gluten-free options. There are simple ways to ensure that your Poke Loa poke bowl stays within a gluten-free diet. For example, you can choose a base of leafy greens or our brown and white rice as these are all gluten-free ingredients. We offer a wide selection of nutritious fish full of healthy fats that are incredibly filling, and good for you.

One option that you want to watch out for is soy sauce. Typically, soy sauce is one of those sneaky condiments that contains gluten. Fortunately, we offer Tamari sauce, which is a gluten free soy sauce.


Gluten-Free Poke Loa Recipes

Whether you’re visiting our Magazine Street location or stopping by our Metairie restaurant after a day of shopping, our employees are happy to help you design the perfect gluten-free poke bowl. If you want to get a head start and have a few recipes in mind before you step foot in one of our locations, here are some great suggestions to get you started:


Step One: Pick Your Base

At Poke Loa, our nutritious spring mix is packed with vitamins and makes the perfect base to complement your proteins and toppings. We also have white and brown rice which are gluten-free alternatives to other grains and make for a delicious, wholesome meal.


Step Two: Choose Your Protein

Our regular bowl offers two scoops of protein, while our large bowl offers three. Either way, you get a delicious mix of tasty, fresh protein. Salmon, shrimp, tuna and yellowtail are favorites at our Poke Loa locations that make for the perfect gluten-free bowl.


Step Three: Add Your Mix-Ins

Take your gluten-free poke bowl up a notch with sweet onion, baby cucumbers and fresh cilantro to really give your poke some serious flavor.


Step Four: Select Your Toppings

Pickled ginger, edamame, radish, fresh jalapeno, mango, and many more toppings are perfect for a gluten-free poke bowl.

We recommend avoiding wonton strips which contain gluten and instead add some macadamia nuts for that extra crunch. At each of our locations, we have a large display of various toppings and sauces to add to your gluten-free poke bowl. Ask any of our Poke Loa staff which ingredients are gluten-free so they can assist you in making the healthiest poke bowl to fit your diet.


Visit One of Our Poke Loa Locations Today

At Poke Loa, our locally sourced ingredients are designed to fit every dietary restriction. We provide endless combinations that are fully customizable so each customer will leave feeling full and content. If you follow a gluten-free diet, visit one of our Poke Loa locations so we can help you pick out the perfect gluten-free poke bowl!