This vegan poke bowl recipe is going to blow your mind. It’s a delicious, wholesome meal made with flavorful ingredients like spicy tofu, pickled veggies, and a creamy miso sauce.
Are you drooling yet?
Poke or Sushi?
Poke is a fusion between Japanese and Hawaiian ingredients. The best way to describe it is like a deconstructed bowl of sushi. And while normally made with raw fish like ahi tuna or salmon, we’ve taken a vegan twist on this recipe we think you’re going to love.
We’re both super intrigued by all things Japanese. We love the history, culture and natural beauty of this ancient country. But most of all, we love the food. It’s simplistic and clean, but full of all our favorite flavors.
So, when we found out about poke bowls a few years ago, it sparked our interest. A sushi bowl filled with rice, protein, crunchy veggies, nori, and even fruit or nuts? Yup, we’re in! The only downside is the fact that fish is traditionally used.
So, we finally set out on a mission to create the ultimate vegan poke bowl recipe. And honestly, this is one of our favorite meals to date. It’s full of vibrant ingredients that will keep you feeling light and healthy after you’re done eating.
And to top it all off, the creamy miso ginger sauce we created for this meal makes it a 10/10. Well, have we convinced you you’re going to love this poke bowl yet?!
Key Ingredients for a Vegan Poke Bowl
- Tofu: what an incredibly versatile ingredient this is. We can’t say enough good things about tofu! While somewhat bland on its own, tofu soaks up marinades so well that it can be utilized in virtually any cuisine. We love baking it to create a chewy texture with a crispy exterior. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually so many benefits of eating soy. Not only is it full of plant-based protein, it also contains compounds called isoflavones. Amongst other benefits, some studies have shown promising results in regards to the protective effects of soy against certain types of cancer. But, we won’t go too deep into that. The moral of the story is tofu makes a perfect addition to this bowl!
- Sushi rice: to create the perfect poke bowl, you should definitely stick to sushi rice (see what we did there?). But seriously, it gives the most authentic texture and taste to this dish. It’s chewy and delicious, especially when served warm. It is the perfect base since the flavor won’t overpower the rest of the ingredients. And we know, brown rice is better for you. But, what’s life without a little risk?! Go ahead, eat some white rice.
- Edamame: this vibrant plant-based protein is the immature version of a soy bean. Edamame beans provide a similar taste to green peas, but they have a firmer texture. They also have hints of sweetness and nuttiness, a little like an almond. We love cooking with edamame beans because they’re a complete protein, and they’re a great source of other important nutrients like iron, fiber, and vitamin C.
- Miso sauce: the cherry on top of this vegan poke bowl recipe is a creamy miso sauce. We use a base of vegan mayo to create the perfect consistency. Then, we mix in some rice vinegar for a little tang, ginger, garlic and horseradish for bite, and liquid aminos and miso for a touch of umami flavor. Honestly, we could just drink this sauce straight from the jar.
How to Make Vegan Poke Bowls
To start this recipe off, rinse and drain your sushi rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. If you are using a rice cooker, put twice as much water in with the rice and turn it on. If you are using a pressure cooker, you’ll only need to use a 1:1 water to rice ratio. After you get the rice going, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Then, drain and press your brick of tofu between two hard surfaces with a heavy object on top. We usually wrap the tofu in a tea towel, use the counter on the bottom, and put a cutting board on top with a heavy appliance over that. Let the tofu press while you prepare the sweet potatoes.
You’ll need to peel and cube the sweet potatoes into small pieces, about 1/4-inch or so. Transfer those to your parchment-lined baking pan, drizzle with some avocado oil, and sprinkle with a bit of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss everything with your hands to make sure the sweet potatoes are well coated.
After a few minutes of pressing the tofu, you’ll need to cube it into pieces that are similar in size to the sweet potatoes. Again, transfer the cubes to your other baking sheet, and season the tofu with a little more garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Bake both the sweet potatoes and tofu for about 30-35 minutes, making sure to turn the sweet potatoes at the halfway point. When the tofu is half done, remove it from the oven, toss it in a Sriracha hot sauce and sweet chili sauce mixture, and finish baking with the glaze.
While you’re waiting for those to finish baking, prepare some edamame by steaming them in a double boiler for a few minutes. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can also just microwave the beans in 10 second bursts. Once they are heated through, season the edamame with a sprinkle of sea salt, and leave them until you are ready to assemble the poke bowls.
In the meantime, create a quick pickled veggie mixture by slicing both the radishes and cucumbers very thinly (we use a mandoline for this). Then, put those in a bowl with rice vinegar, sesame oil, and cane sugar. Mix well, and set aside. Make sure to stir the vegetables occasionally to coat them evenly.
To prepare the dressing, combine all of your ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl or mason jar. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Add horse radish, ginger, and garlic for more punch, miso and liquid aminos for more umami flavor, or rice vinegar for more tang.
Once all the cooked items are finished, it’s time to assemble these poke bowls! Divide the rice between bowls, then add in sweet potatoes, tofu, edamame beans, and pickled vegetables. Top everything with a creamy miso sauce, avocado slices, nori strips, black and white sesame seeds, sliced green onions, and Sriracha for more heat.
How to Store Vegan Poke Bowls
Poke bowls are the perfect meal to prep ahead of time and have on hand for lunch. For optimal storage, store all of the ingredients in separate containers.
If kept separately, the ingredients will last for 3-4 days in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, just heat the rice, tofu, and sweet potatoes, then serve the rest of the veggies overtop.
Why You’ll Love This Vegan Poke Bowl Recipe
This recipe is everything you could ask for in a meal. We hope you love these poke bowls as much as us! They’re:
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
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6 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories509
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 14.1g 22%
- Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
- Sodium 315mg 14%
- Potassium 566.2mg 17%
- Total Carbohydrate 81g 27%
- Dietary Fiber 7.3g 30%
- Sugars 7.1g
- Protein 16.5g 33%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
What else can I use in place of sushi rice?
If you don’t have any, or prefer not to use sushi rice, brown rice works well in this recipe. We sometimes use quinoa too.
Do I have to bake the tofu?
You absolutely do not have to bake the tofu! We love the taste and texture of baking it, but pan-frying works well too. We also think it could taste great simply tossed in the marinade and left uncooked.
Is the pickling necessary for the sliced vegetables?
The pickling of the sliced vegetables is definitely not necessary. We like the tangy flavor it creates, but the nice thing about poke bowls is how customizable they are! Just make them to whatever your taste preference is.
Where can I find nori strips?
The best place to find nori strips would be an oriental market. But, they also have the seaweed snack packs at grocery stores like Superstore or Costco.