More importantly, they’re incredibly delicious! Seriously – I can have a poke bowl for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and crave them again the next day.
Poke bowls originated in Hawaii but soon caught fire worldwide for their fresh and exciting flavors.
While poke bowls roughly translate to ‘diced fish salad,’ you don’t always have to include fish to enjoy these unique poke bowl recipes.
If you are on the hunt for a light meal option that’s packed with color and nutrition, these poke bowl recipes are worth checking out!
First, let’s start with the basics. Classic Hawaiian poke bowls use marinated ahi tuna as the star of the show.
Ahi tuna earns a bright, acidic, and spicy kick marinated in sesame oil, rice vinegar, and lime juice with a little bit of honey.
Add crunchy veggies like cucumber, sliced radishes, avocado for a savory kick, and fruit for a touch of sweetness.
Arrange over a bed of rice, close your eyes, and pretend you’re in Hawaii!
Don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to meticulously chopping veggies? These homemade ahi tuna bowls are quick and straightforward but delightfully bright and colorful.
To save time, opt for a bag of prepackaged salad mix that does all the chopping for you.
Marinate your tuna for up to 2 hours, and pair with warm rice and a salad mix for an insanely easy and healthy dinner.
Everything is better with sriracha mayo! It incorporates two heat sources, sriracha sauce and wasabi paste, with a salty kick from soy sauce.
Since the sauce is so spicy, include plenty of sweet fruit in your bowl to combat the sweetness.
Avocado adds extra creaminess, while diced fruit such as mango helps to marry those rich flavors together.
Does marinated raw fish make you a little uneasy? Chicken is a fantastic alternative for a healthy protein kick that doesn’t involve hunting down sushi-grade fish.
To make things even easier, opt for rotisserie chicken and shred it into pieces before throwing it into your bowl. It’s perfectly moist and flavorful, and you won’t need to fire up the oven!
Pair chicken with veggies such as edamame (for added protein), micro greens, cauliflower, onion, and carrots.
Marinated salmon is an excellent alternative to ahi tuna. It’s a little easier to track down at your local market and so flavorful!
Marinate cubed salmon in an easy marinade made from soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sriracha, and sesame oil.
Paired with pickled cucumbers and a creamy sriracha sauce, it packs in so much flavor without packing in the calories.
I love kimchi because it’s crunchy, spicy, and oh-so healthy. It contains antioxidant compounds and vitamins A and C. Plus, it’s excellent for gut health.
The ingredients jump off the plate when combined with marinated ahi tuna and creamy avocado.
You can also tinker with this recipe and add more diced veggies and microgreens for even more nutrition and flavors.
If raw fish makes you uneasy (or you want to keep it vegan), authentic poke bowls sometimes swap marinated fish for tofu.
The tofu in this dish marinates in the same way as fish, and the porous properties of tofu absorb all of those rich flavors from tamari, ginger, and sesame oil.
Layer with fresh ingredients such as avocado, carrots, radishes, and red cabbage, and garnish with crunchy sesame seeds.
These loaded plant-based poke bowls are another great way to celebrate fresh veggies without fish, meat, or even dairy.
Sauteed tofu adds a meaty texture to this dish and a boatload of umami flavors.
Pair with perfectly diced veggies such as cucumbers, carrots, and radishes. Throwing in edamame adds more protein, savory chewiness, and bright green colors.
Making sushi at home is a trial in patience. If you haven’t quite gotten the hang of rolling sushi, this sushi poke bowl is like a deconstructed sushi roll.
It marries all of the delicate flavors of sushi in one compact bowl.
Marinated ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and an added crunch from fresh veggies make this recipe taste just like your favorite sushi.
I’ll be honest – this is one of the most beautiful poke bowls I’ve ever seen. It’s almost too pretty to eat!
While it may look like it uses scallops, those delicious little spheres are grilled oyster mushroom stems. They bring a ton of meaty umami flavors and look insanely pretty.
Pair with bright plums, zucchini, avocado, and carrots to represent all of the colors of the rainbow.
11. Shrimp Poke Bowl
This shrimp poke bowl looks like summer on a plate.
Delicately pink shrimp adds flavor and a chewy texture that pairs well with crunchie veggies.
Because shrimp is naturally sweet, don’t forget the spicy sriracha sauce!
Prawns are very similar to shrimp, but they are slightly sweeter with a chewier texture. They’re buttery, sweet, and delicious when paired with honey and garlic!
To combat the sweet flavors from the honey and garlic prawns, add fresh and pickled veggies to your bowl to combat the sweetness.
It’s the perfect poke bowl that comes together in a snap and celebrates the veggies of summer.
Are you ready for something a little meatier? This seared steak poke bowl is incredibly filling without feeling overly heavy. It’s a great way to indulge in steak without a post-dinner nap.
What I love most about this meaty poke bowl is that it keeps things light with pineapple, fresh veggies, and creamy avocado.
It’s a perfect light meal to serve when you have a big appetite but want to keep calories low.
This impressive poke bowl proves that you don’t need fish or meat for a satisfying meal.
While it may look like it contains marinated tuna, those deep red cubes are marinated watermelon! They’re bright and crisp with a spicy punch from cayenne pepper.
Pair with crunchy veggies and perfectly steamed rice, and you won’t miss the fish.
Who needs ahi tuna when you have fresh watermelon? When chopped into cubes, marinated watermelon looks like marinated tuna, but it’s bright, spicy, and insanely healthy.
Since watermelon is high in fiber (and low in protein), add edamame for a protein boost.
Pair with avocado for creaminess, chopped greens, and tart mango for an explosion of fresh flavors.
Fire up Instagram because this ahi tuna poke and mango salads demand a photo session before diving in.
The bright red from marinated ahi tuna pops against a background of yellow mango and green avocado.
Oh, and it’s incredibly bright and delicious, too!
If you want to keep calories low, this avocado tuna poke salad bowl swaps rice for various nutritious greens.
Seaweed salad, cucumbers, spring lettuce mix, and avocado serve as a nutritious base for your savory marinated ahi tuna.
Drizzle with a sweet and tart mango dressing to marry all those rich flavors.
Sesame ginger tofu bowls are another excellent example of delivering massive flavors without the need for fish or meat.
It infuses a simple tofu marinade with sesame, lime, and ginger that absorbs all those fantastic flavors.
Pair with red cabbage, carrots, avocado (for creaminess), and any seasonal vegetables with just a drizzle of lime juice.
What’s great about this spicy recipe is that you can tinker with flavors that marry perfectly with spicy cubed salmon or tuna.
To achieve all the colors of the rainbow, don’t just select green veggies!
Carrots, purple cabbage, avocado, edamame, and pickled ginger are all great options.
Opt for purple rice to replace white or whole wheat rice for even more color.
Are you looking for a great way to use extra veggies in your fridge?
The great thing about this simple shrimp poke bowl is that the slightly sweet shrimp works well with just about anything you have on hand.
Some great suggestions include carrots, corn, pineapple, sweet onion, and micro greens. For an added spice punch and crunch, wasabi peas work so well with sweet shrimp!
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