DIY Poke Bowls

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I’ve made it my job to taste test my way through all the new poke bars opening up in LA and I think I’ve officially become a poke master. So roll up your sleeves and let’s get into some DIY Poke Bowls.

DIY Poke Bowl Bar 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 Poke 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 Poke Bowl. Tuna, salmon, 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!

DIY Poke Bowls

5 from 1 vote


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

  • 1/4 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.


  1. 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!

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  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. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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