I’ve got the cure for those inconvenient poke cravings! You know, when nothing sounds better than poke but you’re nowhere near a poke place. The (easy) solution? Buy yourself some sashimi (I get mine at Whole Foods) and doctor it up. It’s ridiculously simple. I ate it twice this weekend. Thankfully I live in Seattle where we have access to really great seafood, especially salmon. Just because I used sashimi doesn’t mean you have to. Buy some fish! And yes, many poke recipes are ahi focused but you can go either way because it’s all delicious. You’re probably aware that poke is having a moment. I went to two grocery store openings recently and they both featured their poke bars as a key feature in the prepared food sections. So yeah, if you can get surprisingly delicious poke from the grocery store you know that poke is on the rise.
Poke is relatively easy to make but it’s the seasoning and toppings that make it really special. You have your soy sauce and sesame oil and some variation of onion, but everything else is up to you. This roundup of recipes are good jumping off points. Some are incredibly easy. Some require more time acquiring ingredients. But experiment, see what flavors really work for you. Like maybe use brown sugar instead of white sugar in your marinade. Or furikake becomes your go-to seasoning or you choose quinoa instead of rice. These are just ideas! And they’re endless.
How To Make the Best Ahi Poke | The Kitchn – This recipe gives a rundown on traditional Hawaiian poke with some tips on choosing the tuna and what ingredients to pair with it. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to making poke.
DIY Poke Bowls | What’s Gaby Cooking – Gotta love the party vibe of this poke bar. Come on over, we’re making poke bowls! With every ingredient you can think of; fried shallots, mandarin oranges, mango, cucumber, the works.
Ahi Poke Bowl | Honestly Yum – This is the super simple recipe I’ve been recreating to doctor up sashimi. So yummy. I love the touch of macadamia nuts and sliced radish but the furikake is what makes this dish.
Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl | I Am A Food Blog – The story behind this poke bowl recipe is pretty funny because supposedly using quinoa instead of rice is sacrilege but it’s delicious either way. This one adds crispy shallots, sprouts, and edamame. Yum!
Salmon Poke-d You. You Should Poke Back | Lady & Pups – There aren’t enough salmon poke recipes out there but this sounds so good. It uses chili and garlic water plus sriracha in addition to the soy and sesame marinade.
Ahi Poke Bowls with Pineapple and Avocado | How Sweet It Is – The addition of pineapple is what makes this recipe special. You have the sweet and tart pineapple with creamy avocado and warmth of the sesame flavors for a tasty dish.
Spicy Tuna Poke Stuffed Avocados | Heather Christo – A nice alternative to rice bowls, go for a poke stuffed avocado. So nice and fresh. And it’s a little detail but this is the first recipe I’ve seen with lime. A nice spritz of lime adds to the refreshing flavor.
These 3 Poke Bowl Bento Boxes Just Made Lunchtime the Best Time | Brit+Co – For a satisfying lunch, try these three poke bowl bento boxes. A poke salad, poke with rice, and poke and quinoa lettuce cups.