How To Build The Perfect Poke Bowl

HotHotHot. It’s the only way to describe the poke bowl craze that’s sweeping the country. What started centuries ago as a hearty and inexpensive meal for Hawaiian fishermen has become the latest food trend to arrive on the mainland.

Poke (pronounced “poy-kay”) means “to section,” “slice” or “cut” in Hawaiian. Traditionally, a poke bowl is made with tuna diced into thick cubes, but the dish has since morphed into a picture-worthy menu option for both fish lovers and vegetarians alike. In fact, Bon Appetit insists that poke is such a ubiquitous term that it can mean anything chunked.

Today, acclaimed poke spots can be found everywhere from California to New York. In the battle of the food trucks, poke trucks attract as many customers as trucks serving Korean barbecue –another hot food trend. As diners have grown more comfortable with raw fish (the sushi phenomena didn’t begin until 1973, with the creation of the California roll), and the popularity of grain bowls has surged, more and more people see poke bowls as a convenient and accessible way to get a healthy meal. Of course, you don’t need to go to a Hawaiian-themed restaurant or seek out a poke food truck to enjoy the latest food craze. These three poke-inspired bowls are perfect for making at home.

Tuna And Avocado Poke Bowl
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The perfect poke bowl is zingy, cleansing and crunchy. Its flavors are bold and savory. Poke bowls are quick and easy to assemble, but fresh fish and seasonal ingredients are key. While new-school versions of poke are served at trendy, upscale restaurants in big cities across the U.S., it’s a no-fuss meal best enjoyed in a no-fuss environment.
Tuna And Avocado Poke Bowl
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The perfect poke bowl is zingy, cleansing and crunchy. Its flavors are bold and savory. Poke bowls are quick and easy to assemble, but fresh fish and seasonal ingredients are key. While new-school versions of poke are served at trendy, upscale restaurants in big cities across the U.S., it’s a no-fuss meal best enjoyed in a no-fuss environment.
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2servings
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2servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna cubed
  • 2 tbsps Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3 Scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado pitted and cubed
  • Brown Rice cooked
  • Seaweed Salad optional
  • Pickled Ginger optional
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  • 1 lb Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna cubed
  • 2 tbsps Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3 Scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado pitted and cubed
  • Brown Rice cooked
  • Seaweed Salad optional
  • Pickled Ginger optional
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Instructions
  1. Cut the tuna into bite-sized cubes.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. Add cubed tuna and scallions. Let marinade for five to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, pit and cube the avocado. Add the avocado to the tuna and mix together.
  4. Scoop brown rice into bowls, top with tuna, avocado, seaweed salad and pickled ginger.
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Tofu And Shiitake Poke Bowl
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There are more variations of poke in Hawaii than there are cloudy days. And that’s the beauty of the dish. A poke bowl can be anything you want it to be; there are no right or wrong ingredients. And while raw fish is the poke bowl's traditional base, who says you can’t think outside the wave and opt for a vegetarian alternative?
Tofu And Shiitake Poke Bowl
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There are more variations of poke in Hawaii than there are cloudy days. And that’s the beauty of the dish. A poke bowl can be anything you want it to be; there are no right or wrong ingredients. And while raw fish is the poke bowl's traditional base, who says you can’t think outside the wave and opt for a vegetarian alternative?
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4servings
Servings
4servings
Ingredients
  • For Bowl
  • 1 lb Firm Tofu cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • Cornstarch for dredging
  • Shiitake Mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 cup Tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup Cucumber diced
  • 1/4 cup Bean Sprouts
  • 1/4 cup Furikake
  • For Sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sesame Oil
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  • For Bowl
  • 1 lb Firm Tofu cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • Cornstarch for dredging
  • Shiitake Mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 cup Tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup Cucumber diced
  • 1/4 cup Bean Sprouts
  • 1/4 cup Furikake
  • For Sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sesame Oil
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oil in a large pan. Dredge cubed tofu in cornstarch, and when the oil begins to ripple, fry tofu until golden brown. Drain tofu on paper towel and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, to make Poke sauce, whisk all the ingredients in a mixing bowl until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Toss fried tofu and vegetables in a bowl. Add Poke sauce and mix gently.
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Shrimp Poke Bowl
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Shrimp and crab have found their way into Hawaii’s signature dish as well, and on the West Coast, particularly California, poke is snacked on with tortilla chips. In other words, poke is the ultimate, fast casual fusion food, a vibrant, healthy and versatile dish that's as perfect for Hawaiian fishermen as it is for Instagram-obsessed foodies (Image via Marina Del Rey Foods).
Shrimp Poke Bowl
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Shrimp and crab have found their way into Hawaii’s signature dish as well, and on the West Coast, particularly California, poke is snacked on with tortilla chips. In other words, poke is the ultimate, fast casual fusion food, a vibrant, healthy and versatile dish that's as perfect for Hawaiian fishermen as it is for Instagram-obsessed foodies (Image via Marina Del Rey Foods).
Servings
1serving
Servings
1serving
Ingredients
  • 7 Shrimp
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup Short-Grain Sushi Rice
  • 1 Cucumber chopped
  • 1 Carrot shredded
  • 1/2 Avocado sliced
  • 1 Mango diced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
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  • 7 Shrimp
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup Short-Grain Sushi Rice
  • 1 Cucumber chopped
  • 1 Carrot shredded
  • 1/2 Avocado sliced
  • 1 Mango diced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
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  1. Cook rice and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, mix shrimp, sesame oil, sesame seed and juice from ½ lemon. Cook shrimp for five minutes or until pink.
  3. Place rice in a bowl, followed by cucumber, carrot, mango and avocado. Add shrimp mixture. Add salt and pepper and top poke with sesame seeds.
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