The Best Poke Bowl Recipe: A How-To Guide (gluten free)

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Poke bowls are delicious and are super easy to make. I love how versatile they are because you can make adjustments depending on your mood, the occasion, and the ingredients you have available. They can be as glamorous as you want, or as basic as you want, but end up delicious either way!  

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel fancy without putting in much effort and without breaking the bank. Making a poke bowl is a great way that I have been able to reduce how food goes to waste in our house. I find that the simplest and cheapest ingredients added to a bed of fresh sushi rice can make for a perfect meal. I gotta say though, those times when we do splurge on some special ingredients, those poke bowls turn out extra awesome!

Since I’ve started making poke bowls at home more, I’ve almost completely stopped ordering it from restaurants. I mean, when you make it at home, you have more of your favourite ingredients, the proportions you actually want, and it’s less expensive? How could you not feel the same way??

Below, you’ll find a list of my go to ingredients for throwing together a delicious and easy poke bowl. Since this is so easy to make and is a creative way to use up the random ingredients that we all inevitably have in the fridge, I’m going to stick to simple ingredients, so you won’t need to go hunting for all sorts of specialty items. After serious debate, I’m also sharing with you my recipe for the best spicy mayo!

I’ll be sure to share some fancier and more unique ingredients in a separate post for when you want to class things up a bit more!

I recommend the following:

1 Protein + 3 Veggies + 1 Fruit + 2 Sauces + 4 Toppings = 1 EPIC POKE BOWL




(trust me on this)



Spicy salmon



Spicy mayo

Toasted sesame seeds

Spicy tuna


Clementine or similar fruit

Soy sauce/Tamari


Crispy baked tofu



Unagi sauce

Roasted seaweed

Chicken nuggets (surprisingly good!





Smoked Salmon

Seaweed Salad

Sesame Oil

Pickled ginger

Shichimi togarashi

Important note! If you want to use raw fish for your poke bowl, make sure to buy fish that has been properly flash frozen and is meant to be used for sashimi. Your local fish market should know exactly what you are looking for and can help you find it.

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My Essential Pantry Items

Shichimi Togarashi Japanese 7-Spice Blend

Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise

Porcelain Bowls with Non-Slip Design

Best Ever Spicy Mayo (gluten free)

The perfect spicy mayo to add to everything! Especially sushi and poke bowls.
Quick, Easy, and Delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment/Sauce
Cuisine Japanese


  • 1/4 cup Kewpie mayo
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp Chili oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Shichimi togarashi
  • Salt


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add to chopped tuna and salmon for the best spicy sushi or serve on whatever else you want!
Keyword Easy, Quick, Sushi

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