Homemade Poke Bowl (AKA: Laura's Lazy Sushi!)
I LOVE poke.
I don't let myself buy lunch very often during the work week, but when I do you're likely to find me at Rolltation, or Poke Guys, or Calii Love getting myself a delicious bowl of rice, veggies and fish!
If you follow my instastories, you're bound to see at least one poke bowl featured a month (at LEAST), like a one woman mission to discover the best poke in Toronto.
The trouble comes when I'm at home in the suburbs craving poke from my favourite lunch spots, but the commute is just too unreasonable for raw fish. So whenever I'm in the mood for poke in the evenings I live by one of my favourite philosophies:
If you can't eat 'em, join 'em!
Full disclosure: making your own poke is very easy in a step-by-step way, but it took me a few times to get it right. It's not just making sure your fish won't make you sick (though that's important) but using the right rice and having the right vegetables, and knowing that your avocado is RIPE but not TOO ripe, or worse... not ripe enough (#avocadostruggles)
My recommendation? Don't make poke at home until you've gone somewhere that does it RIGHT. You'll have a better understanding of the flavours you like in your bowl and you won't waste your money on fish you won't eat.
If you're a sushi lover that doesn't feel like making up all those little rolls (so time consuming!) indulge in some lazy sushi, make yourself a poke bowl!
Homemade Poke Bowl (Laura’s Lazy Sushi) - serves 2
- 1 lb fresh salmon (or tuna if that’s your thing) - cut into small pieces
- 1 .5 tsp sriracha sauce
- 2" piece of fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 2 cups fresh spring mix lettuce (I like arugula in there!) alternatively, try a mix of carrot and zucchini noodles!
- 1 serving brown sticky rice
- green onion
- 1 oz pickled ginger
- sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
- other toppings you love!
- serve with a dollop of wasabi and spicy mayo drizzled on top!
1) Get your rice on! I like to use a brown sticky rice (or sticky rice in general) but pick your poison! Make according to the package. My recommendation for poke in general is to make 1/2 serving of rice per poke bowl.
2) Mix together your salmon, sriracha, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Set aside so that the fish cooks slightly in the marinade (about 20 minutes)
3) While the rice finishes cooking and your salmon marinates, cut up and prepare your toppings (avocado, zucchini, spicy mayo, etc.).
4) Time to assemble! Split the rice into two bowls, and then put in a healthy amount of spring mix (a handful or two, depending on how hungry you are!). Using a slotted spoon to strain out excess marinade, distribute the salmon evenly across the bowls. Last but not least, top up with your fixings and drizzle the spicy mayo over top!
See? so few directions, and fairly easy ingredients for an AMAZING dinner! Enjoy your lazy sushi!
Have you ever had poke? What are your favourite poke fish and toppings? Do you like sushi but don't want to bother with the rolls? Does the idea of raw fish completely terrify you? Let me know in the comments below!
xxox - Laura