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What is a poke bowl?

What is a poke bowl? If you have been wondering what trends in foods have been exploding recently, go no further than the question, what is a poke bowl? Pronounced ‘POH-KEH’, the poke bowl has become one of the hottest trends in foods over the past decade. This is a traditional meal that comes from Hawaii and features a delicious mixture of raw fish, salad, and sometimes rice. It is one of the healthiest dishes you can eat and its quite easy to make.

what is poke bowl?

Perhaps the first thing you notice when seeing a poke bowl is the vibrant colors of the food. There is something quite visually appealing when looking at a poke bowl from a distance. But when you get closer, you can see the ingredients which only makes it more sumptuous. In addition to its visual appeal, there is the great taste and the nutrition that emphasizes low carbs and no gluten. Plus, you can make this meal free of meat if you desire.

The basics of what is a poke bowl starts with the ingredients. But you can customize them to your tastes, that’s the beauty of a poke bowl. If you want some sushi with a little lettuce or other vegetables, that works beautifully. If you want to add more toppings, you can do so as well. Whether you are looking for a healthy dish or a decadent one, the poke bowl can be customized to your needs.


To find the origins of the poke bowl, you must travel back centuries in the state of Hawaii. The native fishermen would take their catch of the day, normally tuna and small fish, and serve them raw. They would add seasoning and some of the plants that grew on the islands such as lime, onions, and even seaweed for added flavor.

By the turn of the 20th century, the poke bowl was being discovered by other cultures and its fame quickly spread around the Pacific. Other fish such as salmon became favorites along with Ahi tuna and even octopus. As the poke bowl reached the shores of Asia, noodles, sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha, wasabi, kimchi, and more were being added.

Over the past couple of decades, the poke bowl has become even more popular. Thanks in large part to how easy it is to make, customize, and purchase in stores, eateries, and restaurants around the world. Because it is the nature of the poke bowl to be customized, whatever toppings were desired could be added to the meal.

Today, the poke bowl can be found in corner shops, restaurants, and even grocery stores as a quick, delectable meal. And you can choose to purchase it from a grocery, order from a restaurant, or make your own.

How to Make a Poke Bowl?

Creating a poke bowl starts with the most important part, the bowl. Ideally, it should be a bowl big enough to hold what you want. However, not so big that it goes from a meal to an event. Once you have your bowl, now you can fill it in.

Base: Noodles, rice, or salad makes an excellent base. Its simple and compliments the meal without being complicated. You can put some variety into the rice for example by using brown, sushi, or other types that are available. In addition, you can use different type of lettuce, noodles, and so forth.

Protein: Next comes the main element, the food that provides the protein. The most obvious are tuna and salmon, but you can choose from other meats such as chicken or prawn. If you do not want to include a meat, tofu is a great choice. You can decide to use cooked meats as well or go totally vegetarian, it’s your choice. Just remember if you decide to use sashimi, then you’ll want to put in the freshest available.

Toppings: Now you are ready to customize the poke bowl to your taste. You are limited only by your imagination. The question is not what you can put in, but in what combination do you want to add different toppings? Some of the more popular choices include but are not limited to the following.

Cucumber, radishes, and edamame beans
Pickled carrots, pickled cabbage, and corn
Beetroot, kimchi, and enoki mushrooms,
Avocado, sesame seeds, and cream cheese
Crispy onion, quail eggs, and shredded seafood


What you like is what can be added to the toppings. Do not be afraid to experiment, although you may want to start with a small sample first.

Sauce: The sky is the limit when it comes to sauces. The most common type of sauces used are soy, sesame, and sriracha. But you can add what you like. Many people enjoy variations of mayonnaise which includes sriracha and wasabi. There is also sauces such as ponzu and wasabi dressing along with standard dressings such as onion and sesame.

Whatever sauce you like is certainly fit for the poke bowl, so feel free to experiment. You may come up with a new combination that best suits your tastes.


The Hawaiian language has its own unique take on vowels and their pronunciation. For example, poke is pronounced ‘POH-KEY’ as indicated at the beginning of the article. This also applies to other vowels that are pronounced in words as well such as the following.

A: Sounds like ‘ah’ as in ‘a lot’
E: Sounds like ‘eh’ as in ‘bet’
I: Sounds like ‘ee’ as in ‘easy’
O: Sounds like ‘oh’ such as ‘roll’
U: Sounds like ‘oo’ as in ‘boo’  


What is a poke bowl? The answer is one of the most delicious and healthy dishes you can enjoy. If you are looking for a light, great-tasting dish, then the poke bowl makes for the perfect lunch or dinner meal. If you are looking for something different and yet easy to make, the poke bowl fits your needs as well. Try it the traditional way or use your own combination of base, protein, toppings, and sauce.

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