Musings of a Little Girl in the Big City

Poke Bowl Recipe

Poke bowl shops are popping up left and right, so when I saw a stand at Smorgasburg selling poke last summer, I was excited to try it… but when I saw these local kids serve cut up pieces of tuna with less than great seasoning and seaweed salad and throw it on a bed of rice which they were dispensing out of big ziploc bags and call it poke … needless to say I was a little disappointed by my first “poke” experience!

Ever since then, even though I would be intrigued every time I passed by a poke bowl store, a part of me could never get myself in the store..

So when one day I saw Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. selling this delicious looking tuna, I thought to myself, can I make just my own poke!?


Turns out not only is it a big YES, it’s surprisingly really easy and delicious to make your own bowl. The biggest part of it, honestly is actually going out to buy the fish!

Be sure to pin or bookmark this recipe for when you are ready to try!

While there is no definitive way of making poke, I adapted the below recipe from here and here (in Japanese)

Easy Poke Bowl Recipe

Her goes my recipe:

Poke Bowl with Avocado

prep time: 10 minutes

ready in: 15-30 minutes

serves 2


  1. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  2. 2 tablespoons mirin
  3. 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  4. 1/2 pound sushi-grade ahi tuna, cubed to about 3/4 inch in size
  5. 1 avocado
  6. 2-3 cilantro cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  7. optional: 1/8 thinly sliced red onion
  8. optional: thinly cut dry seaweed (kizami-nori)


  1. 1 serving of cooked rice mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of rice vinegar


1. Whisk the soy sauce, mirin and sesame oil and add the cubed tuna and red onion. Set aside in the fridge for 15-30 minutes (this is basically it, yep!)

2. While the tuna is marinating, cube the avocado. When ready, serve the rice in a bowl and place the tuna mixture on top. Top off with avocado*, cilantro, and dry seaweed.

easy poke bowl recipe

*I kept the avocado separate from the mixing sauce for aesthetic purposes but you can totally mix it in with the sauce for more flavor.

You may have never heard of mirin but mirin is an essential condiment used in Japanese cuisine. According to Wiki, it is a type of rice wine similar to sake, but with a lower alcohol content and higher sugar content. You can find it at a Japanese or almost any Asian store!

And that’s it! Even my boyfriend approved. next time I’m at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster, I would love to try with salmon, one of my favorite fish!

poke bowl recipe


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