Easy Salmon Poke Bowl Recipe
Salmon Poke Bowl Recipe for Two is light, refreshing, and easy to make with FRESH, simple ingredients! A traditional Hawaiian dish made perfectly for two, this poke bowl recipe comes together in no time and is easily customizable.
Even if you haven’t tried one yet, you have probably heard a bit of a buzz in the air about poke bowl recipes. And, because they’re so easy to put together, versatile, and use lots of great ingredients, it’s easy to see why. This salmon poke bowl recipe for two is the perfect introduction to poke bowl recipes, using ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store.
What is Poke?
Poke is a traditional dish from Hawaii and is a simple way of preparing raw fish. Traditionally it is made with ahi tuna, but it can be made with other fish as well, like this salmon poke bowl recipe for two.
Poke is made by cutting the fish into cubes and mixing it with a simple marinade, usually seasoned soy sauce, rice vinegar or citrus, a little sugar, and some sesame oil.
What is a Poke Bowl?
Poke bowls have evolved from the traditional poke dish as a delicious and fun way to enjoy poke. It combines the poke itself with rice (noodles can also be used), vegetables, and other toppings.
Poke bowl recipes have become a big trend as a healthy lunch option because you can easily mix and match your favorite ingredients!
What do you put in a Poke Bowl?
There are plenty of options on what you can add to a poke bowl but, typically, poke bowl recipes include:
- Rice or noodles: You can use sushi rice, brown rice, or whichever rice you prefer in a poke bowl recipe. You can also use noodles, zoodles, or make a poke bowl salad.
- Protein: Our salmon poke bowl recipe for two uses salmon, but you use add tuna or another firm fish of your choice prepared the same way. If you are nervous about raw fish, you can use cooked shrimp for a shrimp poke bowl, or even chicken or tofu, if you’re making a vegetarian poke bowl.
- Sauce: You can either use a slightly salty marinade, or you can add in a spicy sauce or other favorite dressings, like ponzu sauce or gochujang (Korean red chili paste).
- Vegetables and/or fruit: Fruit and vegetables add great flavor and color to any poke bowl recipe. In this salmon poke bowl recipe for two, we used classic ingredients like avocado, mango, and edamame, but you could also include cucumber, seaweed, radishes, or onion.
- Crunchy topping: A little crunch adds a great contrast in texture to your poke bowl recipe. It can be as simple as toasted sesame seeds or, for example, crispy onions, chopped macadamia nuts, crisp seaweed, or lotus root chips.
Can this recipe be doubled?
In short, yes! It’s easy to scale this recipe up or down depending on how many servings you’d like. You can even set up a poke bar so everyone can add their favorite toppings.
To double this salmon poke bowl recipe for two, simply double the ingredients used.
- 1/2 cup rice ((becomes approx. 1 cup cooked))
- 8 oz salmon ((sushi grade))
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 mango
- 1/4 cup edamame ((cooked))
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds ((toasted white or black))
- Set the rice to cook according to packet instructions. Set aside once cooked.
- Meanwhile, trim any skin and brown flesh from the salmon and cut into a relatively small dice.
- Mix together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and brown sugar. Toss the salmon in the soy mixture and set aside.
- Peel and dice the avocado and mango.
- Put together 2 poke bowls by putting half of the rice in each bowl, then topping with half of the avocado, mango and edamame in little piles on one side.
- Put half the salmon in each bowl on the other side, holding back most of the marinade as you take it out (a little in with the rice is good to add some flavor).
- Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top and serve.