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How To Make Your Own Vegan Poke Bowl

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In order to not get too bored in the kitchen I like trying new recipes – often on a weekly basis. Last week I decided to make poke bowls. And after Matthew tasted it and said it was the most delicious thing I’ve EVER cooked I thought this dish needs a post of its own! 

Poke is a Hawaiian dish consisting of diced raw fish – “poke” is actually Hawaiian for “to dice”. My poke bowls had no fish in them, so not even sure if you can call them that! But since I don’t have a better name for them I’ll just go with poke bowl. A vegan poke bowl.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Scroll down to find the recipe and get cooking!

Base 
  • cooked brown rice (or quinoa)

Sauce for tofu

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger finely grated
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • pinch of sea salt
Dressing for rice
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp soya sauce
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha
  • salt and pepper to taste if desired

Toppings

  • firm tofu
  • pineapple
  • avocado
  • carrot
  • peas
  • nori strips
  1. Wrap the tofu in paper towel and put something heavy on top in order to press out as much moisture as possible. Leave for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Cook the rice – I used around 2,5 dl for two people, but just use as much as you normally would.
  3. Mix together all the ingredients for the tofu sauce.
  4. Fry the cubed tofu over medium/high heat until crisp and golden. Then brush the tofu pieces with the sauce and toss them in the pan until slightly caramelised.
  5. There was sauce left over, so I also brushed the pineapple and tossed that in the pan too. Delicious!
  6. Mix together the ingredients for the rice dressing.
  7. Put the rice in the bowl, add the dressing and the toppings of your liking and enjoy!

Not much cooking involved as you can see! Perfect for when you don’t have much time.

I was going to use edamame beans and mango – but peas and pineapple had to do as I couldn’t find my first choices in the supermarket. I also wanted to add toasted sesame seeds, but forgot to buy some. You can literally choose whichever toppings you want, which is great as this dish will never get boring! And it’s very easy to make vegetarian or vegan too 🙂

I got the recipe from Abbey’s Kitchen, where you’ll also find more ideas for vegan toppings.

x Nina x

PS. Sriracha sauce is my new favourite thing!

PPS. Had I had more time I would’ve made the bowls look prettier…