Poke bowls are a great alternative to takeout and are so easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients. You can use any protein you like. Such as salmon or tofu. As well as any vegetables you like, including cucumber slices and avocado slices. The sauce can be whatever kind of sauce you prefer. I personally like creamy sauces like gyoza sauce or sesame vinaigrette on mine.
A poke bowl is a great lunch or dinner option that can be made from a variety of ingredients. Making it easy to customize the dish to fit your taste buds. If you’re looking for some new ideas on how to make your own poke bowls at home. Check out these recipes below.
You can easily make poke bowls at home using the fresh ingredients
- You can make fresh poke bowls in less than an hour.
- You can use any type of fish you like, or even just vegetables and a sauce if you’re feeling lazy.
Lay out the bowls, chopsticks, sauces, and utensils
The first step to creating a great meal is to lay out the bowls, chopsticks, sauces, and utensils in front of you. This will make it easier for you to grab what you need without having to search through your kitchen drawers.
If possible, use a tablecloth or other fabric surface that can be easily wiped clean. So that food spills don’t dirty any other surfaces in the room. If this isn’t possible then at least use paper towels or napkins as liners for each bowl before adding anything else.
Arrange all the ingredients in separate bowls on the table before you start cooking
This will help you keep track of what goes where and ensure that your bowl assembly is done correctly.
- Rice: In a small mixing bowl. Combine 1 cup (200 g) of uncooked white rice with 2 tbsp (30 ml) vegetable oil and seasonings of your choice. Add water as needed to make a slightly wet mixture. Cover with plastic wrap for 45 minutes or until done.
- Protein: In another large mixing bowl, add 3 cups of chopped cooked chicken breast meat or pork chops. Season lightly with salt & pepper if desired. Mix thoroughly with a fork until evenly distributed throughout.
- Veggies: In yet another large mixing bowl mix together 3 carrots peeled & sliced into rounds 2-3 inches long (5 cm long). Broccoli florets are cut into bite-sized pieces about 1 inch wide across the blade lengthwise at the thickest point. Then thinly sliced lengthwise into 4-5 pieces. Each is too small and even fits through the finger hole opening in the lid holder handle cap rubber ring portion protecting the top edge surface area below the top rim. Before adding the last piece remove again when finished cutting anything left over from the previous step but don’t discard yet. Only use enough sauce so liquid doesn’t spill out onto the table surface where it gets messy. When trying one day later when make another meal consisting of entirely different ingredients. The same recipe didn’t work out well last time due to a lack of consistency.
Cook your rice
Cook your rice. Follow package directions for cooking rice, but rinse the rice in a strainer to remove excess starch before serving in the bowl.
If you don’t have a rice cooker or don’t want to use one. Add 1 cup of uncooked white or brown basmati long grain rice. And 2 cups of water to a medium saucepan with an inch or two of water over medium-high heat. Bring to boil then lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Occasionally stir so that it doesn’t scorch on the bottom (or your pots will be hot enough that they might crack!). When done cooking, fluff lightly with a fork before serving (don’t worry if there are still small particles attached).
Chop up tofu and veggies
- Use a sharp knife.
- Choose the right cutting board for your task at hand, and be sure it’s clean.
- Be careful when chopping things like tofu, as they can be slippery and hard to handle with wet hands or in wet conditions (like when making a poké bowl).
Cook or slice your proteins
Cook or slice your proteins. The hardest part of this recipe is cooking the protein. So I recommend you buy pre-cooked proteins at the grocery store. If you want to cook your own, use a non-stick pan and make sure it doesn’t stick!
Cook noodles or scoop macaroni salad into its own bowl
When you’re ready to eat, set out your ingredients and let everyone assemble their own bowls. You can do this by heating up some leftover rice or noodles in a pan and scooping them into big bowls with chopsticks or forks. If you have extra macaroni salad from the fridge, place it next to the bowl of noodles so that everyone can fill their own macaroni salads.
If you’re making poke bowls for guests who aren’t eating raw fish, consider placing cooked protein options like chicken or tofu on skewers at each person’s place setting before serving these dishes individually in separate containers on each person’s plate (in case anyone gets hungry mid-meal).
- Prepare toppings—seaweed salad, green onions, sesame seeds, etc.—and arrange them in their own bowls on the table.
- Place all of your ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well with clean hands until everything is combined into a homogenous mixture (this may take a few minutes).
When the rice is cooked and cooled, place it in its own bowl on the table
Rice is a staple in the poke bowl, but it’s also important to cook and cool the rice properly. First, gather all your ingredients. If you’re making a big batch of rice, put them in one container so they don’t get lost when you’re cooking. You can use this as an opportunity to shop your pantry or fridge for new items that need replacing!
Next, heat up a large pot over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of oil (canola or vegetable oil are both fines). Once hot enough that steam starts coming off the surface of the pan and wisps start rising into the air around it, add two cups of uncooked white rice grains (about 3/4 cup dry) along with 1/2 teaspoon salt per cup; stir well until all grains are coated evenly with oil and salt mixture then cook at least 5 minutes longer without stirring every few minutes so each grain gets evenly cooked through without burning on top before turning off heat source completely allowing room temperature air inside pan slowly cool down about 10–15 minutes before removing the lid completely allowing steam pressure inside pot slowly dissipate itself back out into atmosphere allowing moisture evaporating away from surface area causing condensation visible just beneath lid surface which helps prevent buildup during storage period where food may become too humid due more than usual amount humidity present after opening jar lid up again–this prevents mold from developing
So get out there and make some poke bowls! You’ll be glad you did! We hope that this article has been helpful for you and we look forward to hearing about your own experiences with making poke bowls.