Poke bowls (pronounced po-kay) are rice filled bowls that are usually topped with marinated raw sushi-grade seafood. The great thing about the vibrant concoctions is that you’re not limited to just seafood. There are countless varieties of poke bowls including shrimp, tofu chicken, or avocado. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a poke bowl restaurant in your town, you can make your own at home with this easy tutorial.
What You’ll Need
- 1 pound sushi grade ahi tuna
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/3 cup green onions
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 cup of steamed white or brown rice
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup of salad greens
- First, whisk together soy sauce, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, sesame oil and seeds in a mixing bowl and set aside.
- Next, cut tuna into 3 1/4 inch cubes. Place tuna cubes and green onions in the mixture and stir–evenly distributing the marinade. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, pit and cube the avocado.
- To serve, take a scoop of rice and place in a bowl. Then, top with salad greens, cubed avocado, and marinated tuna.
Variations of Poke Bowls
Veggie Poke Bowl with Noodles
If you’re vegetarian, you can still enjoy poke bowls. Just substitute the seafood with more crunchy veggies; you can even throw in some tofu. To make your own, follow this recipe for a vibrant and colorful poke bowl with crispy tofu.
Like explained earlier, a poke bowl doesn’t have to have raw seafood, you can add chicken–cooked of course. Savory teriyaki chicken or tangy sweet and sour chicken would be a perfect topper for your poke bowl.