How to Build the Perfect Poke Bowl

The complete how to guide on building a Perfect Poke Bowl 3 ways with fresh ingredients and the perfect marinade in 5 easy steps!

If you love Sushi than you’re going to fall in love with Poke Bowls! Aka what I like to call a Sushi Bowls or deconstructed Sushi rolls! If you’ve never had a Poke Bowl before its basically a bowl filled with layered components of a Sushi roll all in one each to eat delicious bowl, no chopsticks necessary.

Before writing this post I had to do some thorough Poke Bowl taste testing (wink wink) at various restaurants in Toronto and now that I’ve done the tedious research I’m coming at you with all of my how to poke knowledge so you can make them right at home!

I’ve broken it down into 5 easy steps in how to build your poke bowl right at home with fresh and flavourful ingredients that are nourishing and just fun to eat.

Step One: It’s all about that BASE

First, you’ll want to start with some sort of base. This could be a grain like basmati rice, quinoa or soba noodles – all of which are gluten-free. If you’re looking for something lighter you can use fresh baby spinach or a spring salad mix to turn this into a Sushi salad bowl.

How to Build the PERFECT POKE BOWL - 3 WAYS!

Step Two: All the Toppings!

Next step is to choose a variety of colourful fruits and veggies! I like using edamame, cucumber, mango, pea shoots, radish… you name it! Get inspired by your favourite Sushi rolls and create a Poke Bowl version. I also like to incorporate a combination of different textures like crunchy carrots and buttery avocado.

How to Build the PERFECT POKE BOWL - 3 WAYS!

Step Three: Choose your Protein

Next up, you’ll want to add some type of protein source. you can really add anything – meat, fish or a veggie option. Although traditional Poke Bowls are made with fresh raw fish. If you using raw fish you MUST make sure its Sushi Grade. Sushi grade means you can consume it raw without having to cook it. Visit your local fish market or Sushi counter to ask them about it and usually they will either carry it or know where you can pick some up. If they are nice they’ll even cut it up into little cubes for you too! Some grocery stories might even have Sushi Grade fish. Other options are just cooking up your fish, or swapping out the fish entirely for tofu or roughly mashed chickpeas.

How to Build the PERFECT POKE BOWL - 3 WAYS!

Step Four: Marinate in Flavour

Next, choose a few different sauces and spices to give your bowl that umami flavour. Seasonings like soya sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil and lime are some good options! This really gives your salmon or tofu a punch of flavour.

How to Build the PERFECT POKE BOWL - 3 WAYS!

Step Five: The Garnish

This step is optional! Unless you’re looking for that Instagram worth shot haha! Garnishing your Poke Bowl with some roasted seaweed, sesame seeds and fresh cilantro is the perfect way to add a few extra textures and flavours. Of course, while adding a lovely aesthetic look to your bowl.

How to Build the PERFECT POKE BOWL - 3 WAYS!

There you have it! 5 easy steps to the perfect Poke Bowl right at home. Best part is you can invite some friends over and have a DIY Poke Bowl making party! Let me know which Poke Bowl flavour combination is your favourite in the comments below! Is it the California, Hawaiian or Spicy Kimchi?

If you make this recipe, be sure to share a photo on social media and tag me @healthnutnutrition #healthnuteats so that I can see your creations! 

 

Recipe

DIY Poke Bowl 3 Ways

How to make a healthy DIY Poke Bowl 3 ways!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Ingredients:

California Poke Bowl

  • 1 cup sushi grade salmon
  • 1/2 cup imitation crab
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/2 cup julienned cucumber
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup seaweed salad
  • 1/2 cup pea shoots
  • 1 red chilli slices
  • Optional garnish: roasted seaweed fresh cilantro, sesame seeds

Marinade

  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Hawaiian Poke Bowl

  • 1 cup sushi grade tuna
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup sliced radish
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango cubed
  • 1/2 cup ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup pea shoots
  • 1 red chilli sliced
  • Optional garnish: sesame seeds toasted coconut flakes

Marinade

  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Spicy Kimchi Poke Bowl

  • 1 cup grilled tofu cubed
  • 2 cups soba noodles
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 1/2 cup avocado
  • 1/4 cup kimchi
  • Optional garnish: sesame seeds green onion

Marinade

  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions:

  • Cook your grains according to the box.
  • In a bowl add in 1 cup of grains or noodles.
  • Top with veggies onto the rice.
  • Next, in a separate bowl marinate your protein and let sit for 5-10 min before adding it to your bowl.
  • Add your marinated protein to your grains and veggie bowl and garish.

How to Build the PERFECT POKE BOWL - 3 WAYS!

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