Build a Poke Bowl

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Build a Poke Bowl

I’m back from Chicago where I ate and drank waaaaay too much. I realized that I’m too old for that shit. I’ve never been a big drinker but omg now I’m even less so because it seriously makes me feel like I might die. But it was fun and worth it. I’ll be doing a lil’ round-up of a few of my favorite places I visited…maybe tomorrow or the next day.

But first, recovery food. Poke restaurants are popping up everywhere in LA. It’s the hot new thing, unfortunately most of them are not near my apt so out of pure laziness because I’m allergic to driving and traffic, I make them at home. Also, I love making things at home because it means I can add what I want. I DO WHAT I WANT!

Build a Poke Bowl

I like using really delicious, fatty salmon I get from McCall’s Meat and Fish Co., but really any sort of ahi tuna or other sushi-grade salmon will work.

This is obviously more of an idea than a recipe. I mean, I do mix the sauces together and I do make my own furikake and I do whisk together some mayonnaise and Sriracha but you can just eyeball all of these things. No need for measuring spoons.

Build a Poke Bowl

I diced up all of this salmon with one eye because after I sliced up the jalapeño, I thought it’d be a great idea to take out my contacts! WEEE! And then my eyeball felt like it was going to fall out. But, I forged forward because I was losing light.

Pretty good dice for only one working eye!

The salmon is tossed in a mix of ponzu and soy sauce. If you want to make the soy sauce spicy, you can mix in a bit of Sriracha. I like a quarter of an avocado, some pickled ginger, a dollop of spicy mayo and lots of green onion. If you have a seaweed salad, you can add that too! I actually like a bit of edamame in my bowls and actually bought some for this post but forgot to add it. I blame it on my wounded eyeball.

Really this whole post was just an excuse to make myself a poke bowl and show it to you. That is all.

Build a Poke Bowl

Build a Poke Bowl

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


Brown Rice:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon umeboshi vinegar, optional
  • Pinch of salt


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ponzu
  • 1 pound salmon belly, skin removed and cubed


  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 nori sheet, diced
  • 1 teaspoon bonito flakes, minced

Spicy Mayo:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha

Other additions:

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Pickled ginger
  • Edamame
  • Seaweed salad


  • To a medium saucepan, set over medium high heat, combine the rice and water and umeboshi vinegar, if using. Cover the saucepan and cook until the water has evaporated and the rice is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • To make the sauce for the salmon, whisk together the soy sauce and ponzu. Add the salmon to a bowl and pour about half the sauce over it, tossing until coated (we’re gonna add the rest of the sauce to the rice).
  • To make the furikake, mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. To make the spicy mayo, whisk the mayonnaise and Sriracha together.
  • To assemble the bowls, divide the rice amongst them and top with the remaining sauce. Add the salmon and sprinkle with furikake. Drop a dollop of spicy mayo, fan out the avocado, add some pickled ginger, edamame, seaweed salad—get creative with it. Eat immediately.


*I love umeboshi vinegar. It’s my current jam but I’m not gonna lie, it can be a bit tough to find. Whole Foods, health food stores and Asian groceries stores will carry it. If you don’t have it and can’t find it, it won’t be a big deal!
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  • Reply Margarita October 21, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Love this recipe. My family latest favourite meal is poke bowls so great to be able to make them at home. How many servings do your recipe yields?

  • Reply agrieconomics June 25, 2015 at 4:08 am

    this is so creative!

  • Reply Esther June 16, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Wao..This is looks so delicious…wish my hubby would know what am intending to make for him tonight. Thanx for sharing…

  • Reply Andrea Petersen June 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    OMG how bloody delicious! Thanks so much for sharing, need this in my life! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

  • Reply Tiffany June 4, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I noticed this trend in LA too (I travel there for business)! I love that you made it something I could make at home. Also, your blog is beautiful!

  • Reply Inflatable Hot Tub June 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Wish my girl friend make it for me. So delicious

  • Reply brandeye May 30, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    this looks super delicious!

  • Reply Chrissy May 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Chicago food will do that to ya. This looks like the perfect recovery!

  • Reply Ana Wyssmann May 28, 2015 at 11:19 am

    You forgot the culprit of your eyeball wound in your recipe! The infamous jalepenos! Thanks for the recipe. As simple as it is, it is super helpful to have a guide. If for no other reason than the highly motivating photos.

  • Reply Jillian at Yoga Pants Kitchen May 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    This looks so refreshing! Sorry about your eyeball!


  • Reply Goldwire May 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    WHAAAAAT. This looks SO fresh and delicious! One hundred percent with you- lazy make-at-home always trumps going out.

  • Reply Allyn May 27, 2015 at 6:01 am

    You should see the elaborate lengths I go to when cutting jalapeños to avoid such incidents, having not been so careful in the past. Oh, that pain. I have worn gloves a few times, but seriously, who normally has latex gloves laying around? Maybe don’t answer that.
    Last time we were visiting my husband’s family in Hawaii, we made it a goal to eat poke from as many places as possible. We were extremely successful. I like that yours isn’t swimming in sauce!

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker May 27, 2015 at 4:51 am

    From one contact wearer to another; I know the feeling. Walking the fine line with one eye is my worst nightmare esp. in cooking. I love your poke bowl! so simple but the flavours count.

  • Reply Millie l Add A Little May 27, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Oh my god hearing that you tried to take out your contact literally made me squeal! These poke bowls look so good though – and so easy (and THAT SAUCE!!! <3) Cannot wait to go to LA and go to all the poke places!