7 Affordable Poke Bowls Everyone Can Make At Home (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

I don’t know about you, but I am hopelessly hooked on poke bowls.

Also known as sushi bowls, the trendy Hawaiian-inspired rice bowls are topped with marinated raw fish and all the goodies you enjoy in a sushi roll. And they are pretty much answered prayers for anyone who loves eating sushi all the time but can’t afford to drop those $$ for EVERY. SINGLE. MEAL.

From cost restrictions to limited local availability, diet or a desire to make it in your own dang kitchen the way you like it, there are tons of reasons why you might want to DIY your poke/sushi bowls.

So go ahead and peruse these supremely fresh, simple and filling dinners that are great for fish addicts and vegans alike — on any budget.

1. Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Salmon Poke Bowl​

If you have fresh sashimi-grade salmon, you can’t go wrong with this gently salt-cured version that gets tossed with a handful of ingredients and coated in a traditional sesame poke sauce. The best part? This recipe calls for fresh diced tomatoes, which take on something of a tuna-esque texture and appearance, so it helps stretch out the potentially pricey fresh fish.

2. “Low-Rent” Tuna Poke Bowl

Can’t find reasonably-priced, safe sashimi-grade fish? Would splurging on the stuff relegate you to eating wish sandwiches for the rest of the month? Pregnant? You can absolutely satisfy your craving with canned tuna. Other suitable substitutions include quick-seared salmon (or any other fish), marinated tofu (see #3), krab (see #5) or a Japanese omelet.

3. Soy-Glazed Tofu Sushi Bowl

Hey there vegans! You don’t have to miss out on this fun, fresh food trend. Just make this sweet, savory tofu. Prefer a more spiced version? You can use this tofu marinade instead.

4. California Roll Sushi Bowl

This is such a great option for when raw fish just isn’t an option, and it’s so easy to make! As with all the others, you’re more than welcome to throw in all your favorite fixings.

5. Tomato Poke

Ok, ok. I know. This doesn’t include a full bowl recipe. But this tomato poke is so dang delicious and a dead ringer for ahi that I had to include it. Throw it atop your favorite sushi bowl, and if you like it extra tender, steam it for a few minutes and let it marinate in the sesame oil for a few extra minutes. You’re welcome.

6. Watermelon Poke Bowl

Similar to tomato tuna, this is a fabulous way to enjoy poke without eating raw fish — or you can use it to cut a smaller batch of sashimi cubes to stretch it out a little.

7. Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl

Love some of that bright red tuna? This is the recipe for you. Of course, you can totally use regular sushi rice, but the quinoa brings more nutrition plus an extra nutty pop for a welcome textural change. Have fun!

Featured Image: Michael Saechang/Flickr

Tags: affordable dinner, cheap sushi recipe, Poke, poke at home, poke bowl recipe
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