The New Trend: Poke Bowls
Is it just me, or are poke bowl restaurants all the new rave? Made popular in Southern California, this fast-food sushi trend is finally hitting Las Vegas. There is literally a poke bowl shop on every single street corner!
I’ve always loved a good Hawaiian poke bowl, but now that they’re so easily accessible (and made to order), I’ve started eating them at least once a week.
My favorite thing about poke is that it’s fresh, tasty, and high in protein! But at over $15 a pop, my new obsession is becoming quite the problem.
So I did what any money-saving foodie momma would do and I decided to make one myself!
Choosing Your Fish
Poke (pronounced poh-keh) is a raw-fish salad, most commonly made with ahi tuna. It is usually served on a bed of rice or fresh greens.
Keep in mind that you can use any fish, and it doesn’t need to be raw. If you prefer your fish cooked, by all means, go for it! Feel free to use salmon, yellowtail, scallops, etc. Anything goes!
I opted for traditional ahi tuna, which I purchased at a local Japanese market. Purchasing fish that you plan to eat raw can be a little nerve-wracking, so here are a couple of tips:
- Purchase sushi grade fish. This is the highest quality fish, and one that can be eaten raw. Parasitic fish, such as salmon, should be flash frozen on the boat immediately when caught, killing any parasites and preserving freshness and texture.
- Go to a fish market. Look for one that sells through fish quickly, gets in daily shipments, and is knowledgable about where the fish comes from.
- Use those senses. Your fish should be vibrant in color and fresh in smell. Once you take the fish home, use it as soon as possible because it is highly perishable.
Let’s Get Cooking!
My Hawaiian Poke Bowl is packed with flavor and high in protein! It’s perfect for someone who wants a healthy and delicious dinner, but doesn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
This meal will take you less than 10 minutes to make, thanks to my secret time-saver, Veetee Rice.
Veetee Rice is the only microwaveable rice I’ve found that mimics traditional sticky white rice. You can find the Thai Jasmine Rice that I used here on Amazon.
As always, I hope you enjoyed this recipe. If you have any questions or feedback, please make sure to comment below!