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Creating your perfect Poké Bowl

The best Poké Bowl is the one you customize to your own taste. In this post I'll give you a few sauce recipes, ingredient suggestions and ideas to create the perfect Poké Bowl!

The Sauces

Garlic Ginger

This one is my go to not only for poke bowls, but stir frys, as a BBQ sauce, and one of my favorites, as a chicken wing sauce.

2 TB light olive oil (or other neutral oil)

1 TB fresh minced garlic

1 TB fresh minced ginger

4 cloves black garlic (smashed into a paste) use more raw garlic if you cannot find this

2 TB soy sauce

1 TB coarse ground Korean chili flakes (crushed red pepper works too)

1 TB gochujang chili paste

1/4 c rice wine vinegar

1/4 c water

1/2 c sugar

1 tsp sesame oil

In a skillet over medium high heat add oil, fresh garlic, and ginger. Saute until fragrant, but not brown. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until it reduces to slightly thick. Add corn starch mixed with water to thicken if needed.

Sweet Chili Aioli (Yum Yum Sauce)

This seems to be the sauce people can't get enough of. Great on fried rice, stir frys, and of course poké bowls .

1 c Mayo

2/3 c sweet Chili sauce

1 tsp sriracha

1 tsp soy sauce or tamari

1 tsp spanish paprika

Combine well.

Spicy Fish Sauce/Marinade

This is the base for your spicy tuna or spicy salmon salad. You'll toss about 1-2 TB in each cup of raw chopped fish.

1/4 c mayo

1 TB sambal (chili garlic paste)

1 TB sriracha

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

1 bunch green onions, finely chopped

1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (black sesame is great too)

Combine the ingredients. Toss with diced tuna, salmon, tofu, cooked Chicken, etc.

Other sauce reccomendations



Sweet Chili Sauce


The Base

Typically sushi or jasmine rice is the base for a poke bowl, but we don't have to limit ourselves. Here is a list of suggestions

Jasmine rice, Brown Rice, sushi rice, quinoa, baby kale, mixed greens, millet, bulgur wheat, barley, forbidden (black) rice, cauliflower rice.

The Centerpiece (protein)

Here's a list of items I like to use as the centerpieces of my Pokè Bowls . Be creative with your favorite proteins

Ahi tuna

Spicy Tuna

Sesame crusted tuna


Spicy Salmon

Smoked Salmon

Krab stick/Imitation Crab (yes there are clean versions of this, typically made from pollock)

Cooked chicken


Cooked fish



Here's where you add the crunch, textures, and complementary flavors to your Poke Bowls. Here's a list of suggestions to choose from

Green onions

Fried shallots

Fried onions


Macadamia or other tree nuts

Red cabbage




Red onion


Seaweed salad


Toasted seaweed


Fried wontons



Mixed salad greens or other young greens

Pickled ginger


Wasabi peas


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