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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?