How to Make Pokpoklo (Seaweed) Salad

Updated on December 9, 2019
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Learn how to make a delicious pokpoklo salad.
Learn how to make a delicious pokpoklo salad. | Source

What Is Pokpoklo?

Pokpoklo is a seaweed with a salty taste and crunchy texture. This iron-rich seaweed is the basis of a popular salad in the Ilocos region of the Philippines. It is often served as a side dish with fried or grilled dishes. In this article, I will show you how to make a simple version of this salad.

Only two ingredients are needed to make pokpoklo salad.
Only two ingredients are needed to make pokpoklo salad. | Source


  • 5 cups pokpoklo (seaweed), cleaned and washed
  • 6 tomatoes, sliced

Cook Time

Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 3 to 4 servings


  1. Clean and wash pokpoklo. Set aside.
  2. Slice tomatoes and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix pokpoklo and tomatoes.
  4. Serve immediately.

Pokpoklo (Seaweed) Salad Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  1. For best taste, eat the salad while it is fresh. Otherwise, the ingredients will wilt.
  2. Try adding other fruit or vegetable ingredients, such as mango.
  3. There is no need to add any spices or seasonings, as the seaweed is naturally salty.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      12 months ago from Manila

      Hello Mary,

      I hope you can. I am not sure though if they have this kind of seaweed in Asian stores in our places.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish we can get this here.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      12 months ago from Manila

      Hi Linda,

      It's good to know that you enjoyed eating seaweed. I hope you can try Pokpoklo too.

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the seaweed that I've tried, but I've never heard of pokpoklo before. Thanks for sharing the information. I like the idea of trying it with mango.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      12 months ago from Manila

      Hi Pamela,

      Some specialty store offers fresh seaweed preserved in brine or dried seaweed.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      12 months ago from Manila

      Hi Liz,

      I think seaweeds available in other countries are either fresh or dried. If ever it's fresh, it is preserved with brine.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This sounds like a good dish. I like bacon but I have never tried seaweed of any kind. I don't know if they sell it in a specialty store or not. Thanks for a new idea for a salad.

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      This looks like a simple recipe of the kind that I like. Although I might struggle finding the seaweed in the UK.


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