To have the true vegan poke bowl recipe, choosing half raw and half-cooked food is the trick. What is poke, you may ask? Poke means cooked, raw, hot, and cold-all at the same time. To make a poke bowl think of the best fresh and raw veggies and then combine them into a delicious poke bowl.
For instance, I grilled the marinated tofu for my vegan poke bowl, cooked the pickled onions and the brown rice. Conversely, the rest of the bowl is full of raw vegetables and kimchi.
The pickled red onions are simple to make, and then they brew in the refrigerator. Also, the marinated tofu absorbs more flavors if it marinates overnight.
Despite the quick and easy preparation, the tofu and the brown rice need to be cooked beforehand, but these ingredients don't have to be served hot. In fact, I prefer the vegan poke bowl recipe cold; however, it can be served hot or cold.
WHAT IS A VEGAN POKE BOWL?
Created in Hawaii, the poke bowl resembles other bowl recipes, but the blend of raw and cooked food makes it unique. Although slightly spicy, the cold elements cool the heat and strengthen all the flavors.
Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian but generally refers to raw fish. Because this poke bowl is vegan, I used tofu instead of fish. The rest, however, combines flavors typically in a poke bowl recipe.
Since poke usually includes fish, adding seaweed provides the perfect flavor to the bowl. Another way to add a sea-like taste to the poke bowl, try dulse, a red seaweed that grows wild in the cold waters of the Northwest Pacific Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. This dried seaweed crumbled tastes similar to seaweed sheets.
WHAT RAW VEGETABLES ARE IN VEGAN POKE BOWL RECIPE?
- 1 head Romaine lettuce, cut and shredded
- 1 head live lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
- 1 cup pickled red onions, or raw red onions, sliced thin
- 8 radishes, sliced into thin coins
- 1 large cucumber, cut into thin coins
- 3 carrots, shredded
- 1 avocado, sliced into thin strips
- 1 cup kimchi, squeezed and drained (make sure it's vegan because some contain fish sauce)
WHAT ARE COOKED INGREDIENTS IN THE VEGAN POKE BOWL?
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 14 ounces package of extra-firm tofu, grilled or baked
Even though I chose to include my favorite vegetables, any vegetables can be changed to meet your individual taste. Similar to going to a Poke Bowl Restaurant, the choices are all yours.
I also like to think as I evolve, my recipes get better, as does my creativity. I want to show you how easy it is to make a poke bowl for this particular post. However, these particular ingredients are my favorites for my vegan poke bowl recipe.
HOW TO MARINATE AND COOK THE TOFU FOR VEGAN POKE BOWL RECIPE
As I have recommended before, marinating tofu overnight is the key to tasty and enjoyable tofu. But, first, the tofu needs to be pressed and dried before marinating.
If you are new to cooking with tofu, follow the directions provided in the following link—pressed Tofu for Grilling, Baking, Air-frying, or Cooking in a Skillet.
- 14.5 ounces of extra firm tofu
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup tamari, coconut aminos, or soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar or lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped or finely grated
- 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
Once the tofu is pressed, using a tofu press, cut the tofu into 4 pieces and place in a refrigerator safe container with the marinade overnight.
COOKING OPTIONS (BAKED OR GRILLED)
Although I prefer grilled tofu, you can also bake the tofu for the vegan poke recipe in the oven. Regardless of the cooking method you choose, you will love this marinade's rich deep Asian flavors.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silicone Baking Mat.
- Drain excess marinade into a different container
- Bake tofu for 15 minutes, turn it over with a spatula and cook for another 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
- Then, put the cooked tofu back into the container with the excess marinade.
- First, to grill the perfect tofu on the grill, pre-heat the grill to medium or 400 degrees.
- Then, arrange the tofu directly on the grill for a total of 20 minutes, flipping four times to get the pretty grill marks.
- Next, I return the tofu to the container to soak up more marinade.
- At this point, you have two choices; cut it in cubes now and use it, or put it in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
- Place tofu in the base of the air-fryer in a single layer, not overlapping pieces.
- Batch cook at 370 degrees for 15 minutes, rotating the tofu 7 minutes into cooking.
- Remove and repeat with the remaining batch of tofu.
ARRANGING THE VEGAN POKE BOWL RECIPE ALTERNATING HOT AND COLD INGREDIENTS
Another suggestion is to arrange the vegan poke bowl alternating hot and cold foods to get a little of each in every bite.
For this poke bowl, I chose a combination of live and Romaine lettuce as my base; you choose your favorite greens and form a base with a hole in the middle for each bowl.
Then, I made brown rice. Although my rice is not hot, it is warm to the taste. I make a bunch of brown rice when I meal prep, so I heat the amount I want for a particular vegan poke bowl recipe. Once it reaches a warm temperature, I put it in the hole in the middle of the bowl.
Now, it's time to add whatever your favorite poke bowl toppings are. I chose chopped vegan Kimchi, thin cucumber slices, sliced radishes, shredded carrots, red bell pepper, avocado, and my Simple Rosemary Infused Pickled Red Onions for this bowl. Arrange your ingredients on top of the lettuce in a circular pattern.
WHAT IS IN THE VEGAN POKE BOWL DRESSING RECIPE?
- 3 Tablespoons miso paste
- 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon low sodium Tamari sauce
- 5 tablespoons water
- 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- Sprinkle of red pepper chili flakes (optional)
The final step is adding tofu and garnish for this vegan poke bowl recipe. The recipe for the tofu and the miso sauce is below in the recipe section. Also, one of the key ingredients is the Roasted Seaweed and black sesame seeds.
IF YOU LOVE THIS RECIPE, GIVE THESE OTHER ASIAN-INSPIRED RECIPES A TRY!
- Lemongrass Tofu Recipe
- Garlic Noodles
- Vietnamese Noodles
- Asian Coleslaw
- Vegan Spicy Thai Drunken Noodles with Seared Tofu
- Grilled Asian Sesame Tofu with Vegetable Slaw
- Kale Asian Pasta Salad
- Tofu Banh Mi
- Yum Yum Sauce
- Tofu Satay
- General Tso Cauliflower
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂