How to Make a Poke Bowl

Learn how to make a classic Hawaiian dish (and the United States’ newest and tastiest food trend) in your own home kitchen with our latest how-to video.

Poke shops have been poppin’ up everywhere, and we can’t help but stop in for a bowl of this deliciousness whenever we come across one.

Poke (pronounced POH-kay) is the Hawaiian version of ceviche. It’s a raw fish salad but, unlike ceviche, it doesn’t get cooked by the acidity of lime or lemon juice. Hawaiian poke is tossed with seasonings such as soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions.

While poke is good as is, poke bowls are a tasty Asian-style and seafood take on grain bowls. You pile this cubed, raw fish salad on top of rice (or even quinoa or zoodles) and then garnish with toppings to your liking, such as cucumbers, avocado, edamame, sesame seeds . . . really anything!

You can use different kinds of seafood for poke, such as salmon or shrimp, but our favorite is tuna and we like to top it with shredded seasoned kale, pickled ginger, and a spicy garlic mayo. Learn how to make this simple, refreshing dish with this video:


How to Make Tuna Poke Bowl

Poke bowls are like burrito bowls made with sushi-inspired ingredients. Top rice with fresh raw fish and fresh veggies for a fun, light meal!

Of course, since we absolutely love poke bowls, we’re always open to topping suggestions! Let us know in the comments what you like to eat with your poke bowls, so we can have more poke inspiration.

But before you run out to make poke bowls for dinner tonight, here’s a quick tip:

Poke calls for fresh, raw tuna or salmon, so make sure you pick up high-quality fish. Sometimes it’s labeled as “sushi-grade.” Tell your fishmonger that you plan to serve the fish raw, so that he / she can point you in the right direction. If there isn’t any great fresh fish options around, buy pre-cooked cocktail shrimp and prepare it in the same way for a dish that is just as tasty.

To get the full recipe for our Tuna Poke Bowls, sign up below for a free taste test. For the ultimate refreshing summer meal, download our free Best-Ever Smoothie Mini Recipe Book and enjoy a smoothie alongside your poke bowl. There is a mango ginger smoothie in that book that is just meant to be with this dish!

Weeknight Recipe: Tuna Poke Bowl via @cooksmarts


If you haven’t come across poke bowls, they are like burrito bowls made with sushi-inspired ingredients. Top rice with fresh raw fish and then pile on other fun things like avocado, edamame, and spicy garlic mayo for a fresh summertime meal.

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  • Poke bowls are all about prep, and then the rest comes together seamlessly. Learn how to quickly and efficiently prep the toppings with the videos below to make this a fast and easy meal.

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