I could eat poke bowls every day. Few dishes can rival the vibrant pristine nature of a healthy bowl of vegetables and fresh seafood also known as “poke”. Now you may ask “what is poke”? Well, think of it like the chipotle version of sushi, but more sophisticated and with its own price tag of course. Poke is a deconstructed bowl of custom toppings with a base of diced raw fish or other seafood; it may include raw salmon, ahi tuna, or scallops. By the way, it is pronounced “poh-kay” and means “to slice or to cut” in Hawaiian. The origin of poke is likely from Polynesia (islands from Hawaii to New Zealand) and originated with fisherman who ate a seasoned cut piece of their fresh catch of the day.
It is important that any raw fish you buy is “sushi grade”. Now this does not mean that the FDA said it is “ok” to consume raw. The FDA recommends specific freezing conditions for fish that will be consumed raw but this is enforced by the state. So really, when you see the term “sushi grade” it is the seller letting you know that they are confident that it is safe to consume. It is up to you to choose a reputable seller and determine their credibility.
Now this recipe will be what I used for my bowl, but feel free to use it as a base and swap or remove ingredients as you like. Don’t get alarmed by the long list of ingredients. The ideal thing about these dishes is how customizable they are and you can use whatever you have available in your fridge.
- 2 cups of sushi rice
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 6 ounces of fresh crab meat, drained
- 1/2 pound of shrimp, cooked, de-shelled
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 mango, diced
- 1 red onion, finely diced
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 3 radishes, sliced
- 1 can of sliced beets, drained
- 1 package of seaweed salad
- Garnishes: seaweed strips, fried onions, sesame seeds
Spicy Mayo Sauce
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- Rinse the sushi rice in a strainer until the water is no longer cloudy. Prepare according to package instructions. I added 2 cups of sushi rice with 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce to the lowest heat for a simmer. After 15 minutes, remove from heat and leave covered for 10 minutes. Place the rice is a wooden or glass mixing bowl and add 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar and fold through the rice with a spatula or wooden spoon in a cutting motion.
- Mix the seafood with the soy sauce and sesame oil
- Arrange the cooked rice, vegetables, seafood (crab and shrimp), garnishes in each bowl. Mix the sauce ingredients together and put in a ziploc bag. Cut the corner of the bag so that you can drizzle your sauce over your dish. Alternately you can mix your toppings with the sauce prior to placing them on top of the rice.
- Base: typically is sushi rice but can be substituted for salad greens, long grain rice, brown rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice
- Seafood: you can use raw fish (needs to be sushi grade) or cooked fish, shrimp, crab meat, tuna meat, etc. If you want to forgo the seafood, try tofu as an alternative.
- Toppings: the veggies can be whatever you have on hand at the moment.
- Pre-cooked beets such as canned or frozen beets are easier to use. You can also roast your own beets.
- Optional garnishes include green onions, crispy fried onions or garlic, seaweed strips