Poké first began in Hawaii, based on a dish made from freshly caught fish massaged with sea salt, seaweed and inamona (crushed kukui nuts). Poké later evolved, taking on flavours from China and Japan that saw the addition of soy sauce and sesame oil to the dish.
The modern-day poké bowl is now a culinary melting pot, but the 'traditional' dish consists of raw marinated fish sliced or cut into even size pieces, tossed over fragrant rice, accompanied by a mix of raw and cooked vegetables and then drizzled with a flavoursome dressing. Ahi limu (seaweed), ahi poké, shrimp, spicy salmon, miso cod, dried beef - the possibilities are endless.
We've put together our top tips and suggestions to help you build your own restaurant worthy poké bowl.
Whilst the base of a traditional poké bowl is almost always rice, we've come up with a few alternatives to keep you on your toes and ensure that you keep your meals exciting.
Poké bowls always feature some kind of protein - this makes the dish more satiating and acts as a vessel for flavourful marinades. Try spice rubs, sauces and dressings, leaving your meat, fish or vegan/vegetarian alternative to soak for a minimum of 2 hours (but overnight is best!).
The fresh element to a poké bowl is always the vegetables. This is a great dish to work towards your five a day as it gives you the opportunity to really diverse the produce you're eating. Plus, it's an easy way to use any groceries that you have left in the fridge at the end of the week that are starting to reach their best before date!
No poké bowl is complete without a dip, sauce or marinade. These condiments pack a punch when it comes to flavour and will elevate your dish from a standard daily dinner to a real culinary treat. You can use whatever you have in the cupboard, your favourite herbs and spices, or some less typical additions if that's your thing.
A crispy topping is essential for the textural element of dish. Experiment with your choice of toppings, but we've put together some of our favourites below!
We've created our own Poke Bowl recipe to help you get started (plus, a sushi rice recipe so you can get creative right from the word go)!