It was so simple to bring your favorite sushi home. This poke bowl recipe is made with sushi-grade ahi tuna, seasoned with honey, soy, and lots of sesame. This poke bowl is served with sticky brown rice, lots of vegetables, and the easiest spicy mayo you’ll ever find.
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Poke Bowl Recipe
You think you can only order poke bowls in a restaurant? You’d be wrong! This Poke Bowl recipe is so easy to make at home that you’ll never go back to a restaurant for it again.
This poke bowl recipe uses saucy ahi tuna and sticky brown rice. It also includes crunchy carrots, cucumber, avocado, and lots of spicy mayo. This is the perfect mix of sweet, salty and spicy, crunchy, sticky, all the things.
This Poke Bowl Recipe’s beauty is its flexibility. You love salmon? You can use that instead. Not into edamame? It’s fine to leave it out. It’s okay. You can.
What is a poke bowl?
A poke bowl is a diced, raw fish. Because poke means to cut or slice, almost all poke bowl recipes call for diced fish. Often, poke is just an appetizer that includes the fish, but we have made it a complete meal by adding rice and vegetables to it.
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Are Poke Bowls Healthy?
It is! This poke bowl recipe has no fats. The avocado is healthy for your heart, and the mayo is good for you. Although Ahi tuna does contain some fat, it is a healthy fat. You can also choose brown rice over white rice or noodles to get a high amount of fiber.
Ingredients for the Poke Bowl Recipe
- Ahi Tuna. Search for ahi tuna with sushi-grade quality. Ask your fishmonger if you aren’t sure. It was gorgeous and fresh, as you can see from the photo.
- Seasonings. This is the “sauce” that you will need to make ahi tuna. It’s a simple recipe and probably something you already have in your refrigerator. You will need sesame oil (or soy sauce), honey, rice vinegar, and tamari. You can also add some sriracha to make it a bit more spicy.
- The vegetables. You have the option to use any combination you like. My favorite combination is a mixture of diced cucumbers, shredded carrots and edamame. These three vegetables are delicious because of their crunch and texture. They also come in different sizes, which makes for a variety in texture.
- Avocado. A poke bowl recipe would not be complete without avocado.
- Mayonnaise. I don’t think there’s any difference between full-fat and light mayo so that’s what i use. We just drizzle some spicy mayo on top of the ahi tuna salad bowls.
- Sriracha. You can use a small amount of Sriracha in the Ahi Tuna, but it is really necessary for the spicy mayo. You can use 1 teaspoon for every quarter cup of mayo. If you like it hotter, you can add more.
- Black sesame seeds and green onion.
- Brown rice. While you can use many things to make these poke bowls however, I prefer brown rice. My rice maker makes perfect rice every time. If it doesn’t, you can always get a carton of brown rice from your local chine.
How to make this Poke Bowl Recipe
- How to cook the rice It takes slightly longer to cook brown rice than white rice. It usually takes about 40 minutes to cook in my rice cooker. This step can be done ahead of time.
- Marinate the tuna. Use an extremely sharp knife to slice the ahi tuna into bite-size pieces. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey. Add the sesame oil. While you prepare the other ingredients, let the ahi tuna marinate.
- Mix the spicy mayo. Combine the mayo with the sriracha in a small bowl. Mix to combine. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. In a small ziplock baggie, add the mayo. Take a small corner of the corner and cut it off.
- Make the bowls. I told you it was easy! Place the cooked rice in a bowl. Place the tuna marinade over the rice. Place the cucumber, carrot, edamame, and onion around it. Spread the avocado on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Sprinkle with spicy mayo.
Substitutions and tips and tricks for recipe success
- You can also use sushi-grade salmon and any other fish
- Any vegetables may be substituted. Red bell pepper or water chestnuts would be excellent choices.
- Marinating the tuna for 5-15 minutes is enough.
- Rice from an Asian restaurant is a great way to save time.
This Poke Bowl Recipe: What to Serve?
- These eggroll are a great pairing for our poke bowl recipe, keeping with the Asian theme.
- This Egg Drop Soup is the perfect combination of cold salad and soup.
- These poke bowls could be made without rice. Instead, you can pair the vegetables and tuna with this easy-to-make fried rice.