Say aloha to the poke bowl, the latest food craze to sweep the nation. These gorgeous bowls hail from the beaches of Hawaii and are quickly gaining popularity on the mainland (just take a glance at Instagram for proof).

At its simplest, poke (pronounced poh-kay) consists of cubed, raw fish that’s marinated in a soy-based sauce and topped with thinly-sliced onion and sesame seeds. This mixture can be enjoyed as is, or combined with rice and toppings to create a deconstructed sushi roll of sorts.

For those of us who can’t make it to Hawaii, bring the aloha spirit to your own kitchen with this easy poke bowl recipe.

Seasoned Rice

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked rice (any kind will do)
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Photo by Angela Pizzimenti
Photo by Angela Pizzimenti

Step 1

Add rice vinegar, sugar, and salt to cooked rice. Set aside.

Poke Bowls

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Medium

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked and seasoned rice (recipe above)
  • 1/4 pound sushi-grade fish, cut into small cubes (Ahi tuna is traditional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Toppings (ie., cucumber, carrots, avocado, sesame seeds, green onion, nori strips, etc.)
Photo by Angela Pizzimenti
Photo by Angela Pizzimenti

Step 1

Add soy sauce and sesame oil to fish. Stir to combine and let marinate in the fridge for 5 minutes.

Photo by Angela Pizzimenti
Photo by Angela Pizzimenti

Step 2

Place rice in the bottom of your bowl. Add marinated fish and desired toppings.

Photo by Angela Pizzimenti
Photo by Angela Pizzimenti

Step 3

Enjoy immediately.

Photo by Angela Pizzimenti
Photo by Angela Pizzimenti