If you love discovering new recipes and flavors, you should try making a homemade version of traditional Hawaiian Poke Bowls. It’s easier than you would ever expect and astonishingly delicious. Cook Carolina® Rice and your only concern will be chopping and arranging the other recipe ingredients.
Cook Carolina® Short Grain Rice according to package directions. Set aside to cool. In the meantime, whisk together soy sauce, orange juice, miso, honey, ginger, and sesame oil.
Divide cooled rice among four bowls. Arrange tuna, asparagus, carrots, avocado, edamame, and pickled ginger over the top. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
You may have heard of Poke Bowls, but what exactly are they? Some people consider them to be average rice salads topped with raw fish, but without the leafy greens. Others define them as deconstructed sushi rolls. The truth is, this dish is part of traditional Hawaiian Cuisine made with raw fish. As a fun fact, its name comes from the Hawaiian word for ‘to slice’ or ‘to cut’.
Now that the essentials are cleared up, let’s get down to the anatomy of an authentic Hawaiian poke bowl!
The proper Hawaiian inspired rice bowl is compiled of fresh vegetables and raw fish served over hearty sticky rice. Different sauces, dressings, and toppings can be added to make the recipe more exciting.
Rice: To get sushi-like textured rice, we recommend you use Carolina® Short-Grain Rice. Short Grain Rice is the right rice for the job, as when cooked, the grains become more compact and form sticky rice. If you want to boost the grain flavors, drizzled the cooked and cooled rice with a mixture of rice vinegar, water, and white sugar.
Fish: Make sure to prepare your Poke Bowl with sushi-grade and high-quality raw fish. This recipe calls for tuna but, feel free to substitute in your preferred seafood. For the salmon lovers – check out our Salmon Poke Bowl recipe.
Sauces and Dressings: Soy sauce is the most commonly used sauce to enhance the flavor of the bowl. But, that doesn’t mean it’s the only alternative you’ve got. Get creative and try different savory dressings or whip up your own mayo-based drizzle. Try out some ponzu, sesame seed oil, hot chili sauce, or fish sauce.
Toppings: Avocado is the go-to topping for poke bowls with its creamy texture and flavor that keeps the balance. The best part of Poke Bowls is that the recipe is a 100% customizable and can be adapted to everybody’s preferences.
Pro-tip: For an added spicy boost, sprinkle a bit of togarashi spice blend on top.