Poke bowl with salmon and spicy mayo

Want to make a poke bowl at home? This recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it is packed full of flavour and bright colours. I love making a poke bowl for lunch, you can even make ahead of time and take to work in your lunchbox. Here’s my poke bowl recipe:

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What is a poke bowl? 

These trendy bowls have become very popular over the last few years. Traditionally is sliced or cut raw fish and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine. My version can be served with sushi-grade salmon, so it can be eaten raw, or smoked salmon if you prefer. (There are other alternatives below too.) This is served with sticky rice, crunchy carrots and cucumber, edamame beans, avocado and spicy mayo.

How healthy are poke bowls?

I think poke bowls are incredibly healthy, depending on what ingredients you use. They have an array of vegetables packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre. If you do eat meat and fish, this will give you the protein hit too. 


So, what will you need to make this poke bowl recipe?  

Poke Bowl Recipe

How to make the poke bowl:


  • Small carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 spring onions, sliced lengthways
  • Cucumber, cut into batons
  • ½ a red pepper, sliced
  • 3 tbls of pickled beetroot (from a jar or vacuum-packed)
  • 3 tbls of edamame beans
  • 70g smoked salmon
  • Small avocado, sliced
  • 100g jasmine rice, cooked to pack instructions

(I usually cheat, and use half a pack of jasmine microwave rice)


  • Tsp light soy sauce


  • Tbls light mayonnaise mixed with
  • Tsp sweet chilli sauce


  1. Arrange the vegetables and salmon around the rice
  2. Pour over the dressing

Yes, it is as easy as that!

Poke Bowl Ingredients

You can make your own poke bowls without raw fish. It can be challenging to find sushi-grade salmon, especially from your local supermarkets. It can also be expensive. My recipe uses smoked salmon instead. By buying smoked salmon trimmings, it’s, even more, cost-effective.

Poke Bowl Vegetarian / Vegan Ideas

You can replace the smoked salmon with cooked or grilled prawns, fresh or tinned tuna, cooked chicken. For a vegetarian or vegan poke bowl, you could also replace it with roast or chargrilled vegetables.

Which rice for the poke bowl?

I think sticky rice works best, so choose sushi rice or jasmine rice. However, any rice can be used, including brown, wild and white rice.

Poke Bowl Dressing

You can even have your poke bowl without soy sauce. Sweet chilli dipping sauce also goes well with it. You can also enjoy your poke bowl without avocado.

Poke bowl for weight loss

I follow Slimming World* and this poke bowl is ideal for a healthy eating lifestyle. I do not feel like I am on a diet when I can eat tasty food like this. Poke bowls have been the perfect thing to eat and have aided my weight loss. Check out my Slimming World journey.

Eating avocados on Slimming World

There is a big myth that I would like to bust. You CAN eat avocado on Slimming World. It is 9.5 Syns per 100g – but this is an incredible amount of avocado. I purchase the small ones, which you can ripen at home. On average, when peeled and de-stoned, they come in at around 50g, which is 5 Syns. Perfect for adding to your poke bowl, or on toast with a poached or fried egg for breakfast. 

The recipe is in no way connected, affiliated or endorsed by Slimming World. Every effort has been made to give you the correct Syns and information, but I would encourage you to double-check these for yourself.

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