Poke (said POH-kay) means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish — usually tuna — which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces. It's basically a giant sushi roll...in a bowl. Easier to eat and loaded with the same delicious flavor!
Poke is a staple in Hawaii but it has recently made its way to the mainland and I couldn't be more excited! Poke restaurants are popping up everywhere lately, and for good reason! It's healthy, delicious and totally unique. I had my first Poke Bowl experience in New Orleans a few years back at Poke Loa and I've been hooked since! I'm also a huge fan of making quick and easy bowls at home!
Although tuna is my preferred fish of choice for Poke (and sushi), sushi grade tuna isn't widely available on a whim in my area. When I need a quick and healthy meal I have no issues with a simple steamed shrimp and crab salad bowl. Our local Whole Foods has both options fresh and readily available. I grab all of my ingredients at the grocery store and I've got an easy meal ready in minutes! Bonus points that it's filling and healthy!
DIY POKE BOWL RECIPE
Poke restaurants are popping up everywhere lately, and for good reason! It's healthy, delicious and totally unique. Now, you can make your own DIY Poke Bowls right at home
Prep time: 20 min | Total time: 20 min
- 2 cups Protein of choice (sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, shrimp) towel-dried and cubed
- 1 cup shredded crab meat
- 1 small cucumber, seeded and sliced
- 1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed
- 1 semi-ripe avocado, cubed
- 1/2 cup shelled Edamame
- 1/2 cup corn
- 1 TBSP sesame seeds
- 3 cups sushi rice
- 3 TB regular mayo
- 1 TB Sriracha hot sauce
SESAME SOY SAUCE
- 3 TBSP Tamari soy sauce
- 1 tsp Asian rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Asian toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp ginger powder (or 1 drop of Young Living Ginger Vitality essential oil)
- Cook rice according to package directions and let cool
- Dice and dry protein
- Shred crabmeat
- Seed and slice cucumber
- Prepare toppings of choice accordingly
Prepare Srirachaya mayo sauce as follows...
- Stir together the mayo and Sriracha in a small bowl.
- Cover and chill until ready to use.
Prepare Sesame Soy Sauce as follows...
- In a bowl, hand-whisk together all Sauce ingredients.
- Stir diced protein into the sauce, coating well.
- Cover and keep chilled until ready to assemble bowls.
To assemble bowls...
- Divide cooked rice into 2 bowls.
- Distribute ingredients according to preference. I prefer to section mine off. You can mix everything together and then set on rice. Totally up to you!
- Sprinkle with garnishes as desired
- Drizzle with Sriracha Mayo.
- Serve immediately.
The options really are endless when it comes to this. I am always crunched for time so simple works best most days, but when I have the extra time, I would definitely search for more protein options and fun toppings!