What is a Poke Bowl?
Poke Bowls can be described as a kind of fish salad. More specifically, a raw fish salad originally from Hawaii. In Hawaii, Poke Bowls are also known as "Ahi Poke". "Ahi" can be translated to "tuna" and "poke" means "cut in pieces". Of course, Poke Bowls do not have to be based on tuna exclusively but can be made with any kind of fish. Salmon is especially popular, just as seafood, like mussels or shrimp. The fish or seafood is served with some oil, soy sauce, vinegar and a great variety of spices.
These are the ingredients for a Poke Bowl
The main ingredients of Poke Bowls are rice and fish or seafood. Reminds you of Sushi, right? So if you love Sushi, you will probably adore Poke Bowls! Why? Because it get´s even better! Poke Bowls include many different toppings as well.
Typical Hawaiian toppings would be algae, ginger, avocado, cream cheese, sesame, fried shallots, crispy fried garlic & coriander and spring onions. You can also add radishes, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, zucchinis, some asparagus, salsify, mushrooms, chanterelle & Co. in your Poke Bowl. More power to your creativity!
And this is how healthy Poke Bowls really are
Poke Bowls are super healthy, mostly because tuna and salmon have plenty of essential fatty acids. In addition, fish still provides loads of valuable protein for your body.
Rice is a main ingredient for Poke Bowls. But don´t worry. You can just as well omit the carbohydrates or switch to whole grain rice. It will keep your hunger low, is rich in nutrients and contains more fibre and high-quality plant proteins. And if you like zucchinis, then just add some Zoodles to your Poke Bowl.
In addition, the toppings in your Poke Bowl can provide you with extra vitamins and minerals. Usually, these are very low in fat and gently prepared as well.
Make a Poke Bowl yourself
Now that Poke Bowls have swept you off your feet, you should definitely try and prepare a Poke Bowl yourself! It is really not that difficult and will also help you save a lot of money. Just get some raw fresh fish, rice and the vegetables or toppings of your choice. Don´t forget about the soy sauce and rice vinegar. You probably already have some kind of food oil at home anyway. However, it is worth mentioning that delicious sesame oil tastes great in Poke Bowls. Prepare everything as usual and serve it in a pretty bowl. It is advisable to first distribute the rice and add the raw fish or seafood and the toppings afterwards. Just make sure to not wildly mix all the ingredients.
Vegan Poke Bowl
Poke Bowls can be vegan too, of course! So, do not worry, if salmon & co. are not really your thing. You can easily prepare vegan salmon by using carrots or make some vegan tuna out of beetroot. If you like your food fruity and refined, you can as well make some vegan tuna out of a watermelon. Just mix the pieces of melon with a little oil and put it in the oven for about 25 minutes and at 180 degrees Celsius and marinate with some soy sauce, black sesame seeds and rice vinegar. Of course, your favourite marinade will work as well. You will notice: After taking the melon pieces out of the oven, their consistency and color will have changed. The melon really looks strikingly similar to tuna! And to spice things up a little, you can also try peanut tofu or lupine slices. We hope you enjoy your Poke Bowl!