DIY Poke Bowls

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When we were in Oahu a few weeks ago, I made it my personal mission to eat every Poke bowl I could find! I think I’ve officially become a poke master. So roll up your sleeves and let's get into some homemade Poke Bowls.

Poke Bowls from (@whatsgabycookin)


In case you weren't already obsessed, Poke Bowls are apparently the new thing. There are Poke Bowl restaurants popping up all over town and I for one, am hooked. It all started back on Oahu last year when I had my first Hawaiian Poke Bowls experience. Basically, at it's core, it's a raw fish salad made with Ahi that's tossed with a soy sauce based dressing and then occasionally some fried shallots, white rice and perhaps some seaweed. Because I like to take things to a whole new level, and I've been influenced by some of the crazy delicious combos happening in LA, I thought... Poke Bar!!

All the fixings you could possibly imagine to make your own tuna Poke Bowls or salmon Poke Bowls. Avocado, fried wontons, mango... the list goes on!! And seeing as how it's still a billion degrees in LA and most other parts of the country... it's the perfect way to feed a crowd without turning on your oven! Have all your friends bring a topping or two and have at it!

Poke Bowls from (@whatsgabycookin)


Poke Bowl Base

  • Sashimi-Grade Salmon
  • Sashimi-Grade Tuna
  • Soy Sauce Dressing
  • Steamed White Rice

Poke Bowl Toppings

  • Fried Shallots
  • Cubed Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Mandarin Wedges
  • Edamame
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Cubed Cucumber
  • Cubed Mango
  • Shredded Napa Cabbage
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Fried Wonton Strips

How to make Poke Bowls

There are really only three steps to making a DIY Poke Bowl bar at home. First prep all the toppings in small bowls and arrange on a large table. Next, whisk together the ingredients for the soy sauce dressing and pour into a bowl. Lastly cube the sashimi-grade fish and get to DIYing your perfect poke bowl.

Poke Bowls from (@whatsgabycookin)

Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use sashimi-grade fish in your DIY Poke Bowls. You can usually find sashimi-grade or sushi-grade salmon and ahi tuna sold at Whole Foods or Costco.


What is usually in a poke bowl?

At it's core, it's a raw fish salad made with Ahi that's tossed with a soy sauce based dressing and then occasionally some fried shallots, white rice and perhaps some seaweed.

What can you put in a poke bowl?

Tuna, salmon, avocado, fried wontons, cucumber, edamame, mango... the list goes on!!

Is poke Japanese or Hawaiian?

Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish.

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Poke Bowls from (@whatsgabycookin)

DIY Poke Bowls

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 4 votes
These DIY Poke Bowls are the perfect way to feed a crowd without turning on your oven.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 4 people


Various ingredients for the Poke Bar

  • Steamed White Rice
  • Cubed Sashimi-Grade Salmon cut into small cubes
  • Cubed Sashimi-Grade Tuna cut into small cubes
  • Fried shallots
  • Cubed avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Mandarin wedges
  • Edamame
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Cubed cucumber
  • Cubed mango
  • Shredded Napa cabbage
  • Pickled ginger
  • Fried Wonton Strips

For the Soy sauce Dressing

  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Place all the ingredients in small bowls and arrange on a large table.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and pour into a bowl.
  • DIY and mix in as many ingredients as you want and enjoy.


  • Make sure to use Sashimi-Grade fish

Nutrition Information

Calories: 679kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 893mg | Potassium: 1818mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 15161IU | Vitamin C: 278mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    So simple and everyone loves it. Perfect mix and match that is great for kids (use cooked fish if you want) and also for people with dietary restrictions who can just leave out whatever they don’t want to eat. A family favorite.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was super delicious. Used cooked fish but otherwise followed as written. Hubby said it was a celebration in his mouth. Will be making this again for sure. Thank you Gaby!

  3. OK, I know I'm commenting on a 5 year old post, but where are you buying your fish in LA these days? I'm nervous about buying fish for raw consumption from a market, but I'm open to hearing about trusted sources.

  4. Just to let you know, I am not very adventurous with food. I have tried some kinds of sushi. Regardless, I never thought I would try something like this...your DIY Poke bowl was absolutely amazing. Cannot get enough now. Thank you!

  5. So healthy and fresh, I love it! There isn't much of a Hawaiian influence in NZ so had hardly heard of poke before this year, but think I need to try it out <3

  6. This looks wonderful. How do I find fish that would be fine to eat raw? Is it labeled? Can I find it at a grocery store or do I need to find a fish market?

    1. I always ask for sashimi grade!! Sometimes it's available at a regular market - other times I go to a fish market!!

  7. I'm really hoping this trend makes its way over to the east coast soon...this looks amazing!! I would love to eat this daily!

  8. I saw you talk about this on SnapChat awhile back. So glad you are sharing! Being in Omaha, NE we haven't been hit with the poke bowl crazy yet --I am going to have to give it a go and be on top of the trend here 😉

  9. I'm obsessed with poke. It is so popular in Seattle that we have a poke bar even at our grocery store- looks so gorgeous!

5 from 4 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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