Poke Bowl Bar


Make your own poke bowl bar with all the fresh toppings you want!

Raise your hand if you were pretty much dousing yourself in ice this weekend or poolside 🙋

We had the brilliant idea to go to Top Golf with friends on Saturday evening when it was 97 degrees with humidity. It was like stale hot air blowing around and all the ice water and drinks they brought out immediately melted. We still had a good time but man, definitely takes the energy out of you. I passed out when we got home.

I think Winston is also so over this heat. He’s double-coated so he’s probably like w t f is this?! I was born for English weather not this crazy American East coast BS! Haha

Make your own poke bowl bar with all the fresh toppings you want!

Speaking of American East coast BS; I still can’t believe poke bowls still aren’t a thing over here. When we were in LA last year, there were poke bowl shops all over the place! We have sushi shops with fresh sashimi so I find it a little hard to believe that there hasn’t been someone to monetize this food trend. Maybe Jason and I should? Haha

Well, we definitely aren’t going to open up a poke shop but we will make a poke bar at home and pretend we’re in glorious California weather. It’s seriously one of the easiest things to set up and it’s so versatile for everyone because you get to choose toppings that you want to put on!

Raw fresh tuna and salmon are my ultimate favs so I gobbled up these bowls and not to mention, since they’re eaten chilled, it’s a great way to cool down in the heat!

Make your own poke bowl bar with all the fresh toppings you want!

Now, because of Pokémon Go, I feel like this recipe’s name has a whole ‘nother meaning. #ruined

Make your own poke bowl bar with all the fresh toppings you want!
Poke Bowl Bar
Prep Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr

It's so easy to make your own poke bowl with all the fresh toppings you want!

Servings: 4
  • 6 ounces sushi-grade tuna, cubed
  • 6 ounces sushi-grade salmon, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek
Optional Toppings
  • Seaweed salad
  • Cucumbers
  • Scallions
  • Avocado
  • White onions
  • Masago
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sriracha mayo
  • Wasabi
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, and sambal oelek.
  2. Add the cubed tuna and salmon and gently toss in the sauce. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let marinade in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  3. When done marinating, divide evenly in bowls and add your favorite toppings!

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Posted on July 25, 2016

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  1. Maria
    07/25/2016 at 10:26 am

    Such a fun idea!

  2. Kevin @ Closet Cooking
    07/25/2016 at 11:12 am

    Love poke and this looks great!

  3. Gaby Dalkin
    07/25/2016 at 1:03 pm

    LOVE! The ultimate meal for hot days. We’re definitely spoiled with all the poke places out here.

  4. Heather Christo
    07/25/2016 at 1:53 pm

    I think the Northwest is the only part of the country not in a heatwave! (and thank goodness!!) but this poke still looks wonderful!!

  5. Christine @ WRY TOAST
    07/25/2016 at 8:30 pm

    too funny, I JUST had a poke bowl for dinner last night! In NYC they’re popping up everywhere too, and it’s such a delicious meal, I’m totally feeling this whole post!

    and ps – Mango is another great topping ;)

    • Julie
      07/26/2016 at 7:51 am

      I need to make my way up to NYC to try the poke ;) mango sounds awesome!

  6. Jess @ Gas Stove Girl
    07/26/2016 at 11:18 am

    I love Poke Bowls! Such a great idea to recreate at home. If you are ever in Boston, try the Tuna Poke at Hojoko! It is magical and tastes just like the amazing bowls you can get in LA .

  7. naomi
    07/26/2016 at 9:27 pm

    I”m always in when it comes to poke bowls! Love your version!

  8. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb
    07/27/2016 at 3:03 pm

    We are in Georgia…so basically we wont get any Poke anything for several more years *TEARS* looks sooo good, Julie!

    • Julie
      07/28/2016 at 8:32 am

      aww bummer! but that just means you’ll have to take more vacations ;)

  9. Sarah Bassett
    08/01/2016 at 10:00 pm

    Where do you find sushi grade tuna/salmon in northern va area? I’ve seen fresh fish at whole foods/wegmans but it isn’t labeled “sushi grade”

    • Julie
      08/02/2016 at 6:50 am

      I bought mine at Wegmans, actually! It is labeled sushi-grade. Go to the sushi section and it’s right there :)

  10. Jenny Flake
    08/05/2016 at 8:47 am

    Ok, LOVE this!! These flavors, mmmm!!!

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