Enjoy poke bowls at home anytime with this plant-based, vegan take on the beloved Hawaiian street fare. Perfect for meal prep and loaded with veggies, these vegan poke bowls are paired with a sweet soy ginger oil-free dressing.
The delicious possibilities are endless with poke bowls! Top with as little or as much variety as you want. Keep it simple with just cucumber and avocado. Or, get creative with marinated watermelon and fancy sauces and toppings.
If you love veggie sushi, poke bowls, cucumber avocado rolls, vegetable sushi rolls, fresh salads, the taste of the sea or just plain delicious food, you'll love poke bowls.
🧄 Ingredient notes
For this vegan poke bowl, you'll need the following ingredients. Please see recipe card at the bottom of this post for amounts and detailed instructions.
- sushi rice, white or brown
- shredded purple cabbage
- sliced cucumber
- thinly sliced green onion (scallion)
- steamed broccoli
- steam-sauteed asparagus
- grated carrot
- shelled edamame
- seaweed snacks (or other seaweed options)
To make the Sweet Soy Ginger Dressing, you'll need:
- rice vinegar
- soy sauce (or tamari, coconut aminos)
- maple syrup (or sugar, honey)
- toasted sesame seeds
- ground ginger (or fresh, crushed ginger)
- wasabi powder or wasabi paste (optional)
- Simply Asia sweet garlic ginger seasoning from Costco (optional)
- toasted sesame oil (optional, omit for oil-free)
To make this vegan poke bowl, you should start by making sushi rice, according to the package instructions.
Then, you'll prepare your raw and cooked vegetables while your rice is cooking. And, make your dressing.
Once your rice is done, assemble your bowls and enjoy!
The recipe card at the bottom of this post has detailed instructions, so please scroll down to take a look at that for all the details!
👨👩👦👦 Serving suggestions
This veggie poke bowls work really well for:
- meal prep - this recipe will make four poke bowls, enough for four days of work or school lunches for one person.
- batch cooking (just double or triple everything for a big family) - store it in the refrigerator in separate components for easy meals while working from home.
- serving company or for parties - lay all the components out in a poke bowl buffet and let everyone assemble their bowls, as they like
- picnics and day trips - these bowls can be eaten room temperature or cold, so they work well for picnics, day trips, road trips or taking with you to gatherings where you won't have food you can eat.
Poke bowls for vegan weight loss
Poke bowls make excellent 50/50 plates for plant-based weight loss! Our family has been eating a lot of them to help us lose weight after finishing our 10 day potato diet.
To keep them low in calorie density, fill your bowl with lots of non-starchy vegetables (like cabbage, cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, asparagus, broccoli) and rice (brown is best, but white is fine). The combination of the starch with the non-starchy vegetables will keep you full and satiated for less calories.
Omit higher calorie dense plant foods like: avocado, tofu, vegan spicy mayo and oils to keep it low calorie and help you reach your health and weight loss goals.
🍱 Poke bowl ideas without fish
Start with a bed of sushi rice, then top with one of the options below and serve with sweet soy ginger dressing and seaweed snacks!
- Cucumber + avocado + carrot
- Avocado + mango + asparagus (steamed or sauteed)
- Cabbage (red or green) + steamed broccoli + edamame (shelled, steamed)
- Asparagus + sweet potato (roasted cubes) + carrot
- Watermelon (plain or marinated in sweet soy ginger dressing) + spring mix + cucumber
- Mandarin oranges + tofu + cucumber
- Spring mix + bell pepper + carrot
- Wilted spinach + cucumber + carrot + pickled beets
How to make watermelon taste like vegan poke tuna
If you are adventurous and have a little time to get fancy, then try marinating watermelon to mimic spicy tuna for your vegan poke bowl.
- Cut watermelon into small cubes
- Marinate for at least 30 minutes in soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha and honey (or other sweetener).
- Eat raw/cold after marinating OR...
- Bake / air fry until it reaches desired texture. (When I tested this both ways, I preferred the texture of the baked watermelon after it had cooled.)
☕️ Tea pairing
This vegan poke bowl would be delicious paired with a delicate, light and floral jasmine oolong tea or jasmine green tea.
There are many vegan sushi options, including vegetable tempura roll, pickled radish roll, cucumber avocado roll, spinach roll and asparagus roll, all available at our favorite Japanese restaurant, Oishii in Houston. In addition, you can order edamame, vegetable fried rice without egg, vegetable udon soup with no bonito flakes and many more dishes at Japanese restaurants.
Yes! They certainly can be, depending on what you choose to add as your toppings and what your health goals/views are. Choose to top your rice with loads of veggies, fruit and greens and stay away from the high fat dressings like spicy mayo to keep it low calorie and heart healthy.
Yes. Vegetable rolls with cucumber, avocado, carrot, asparagus, pickled radish, spinach, sweet potato and more are still considered sushi.
Vegan sushi is made of rice, nori seaweed and whatever vegetables you'd like, like cucumber, avocado, carrot, asparagus, sweet potato, mango, etc.
🗺 Cultural influences
Poke is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine and is traditionally served with cut up fish or seafood, rice, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili pepper, furikake and other seasonings, which draws influence from Japanese and other Asian cultures.
Sometimes called "sushi bowls", this is inaccurate, because sushi is Japanese and is always served in small pieces or rolls, not deconstructed in bowls.
Poke has gained in popularity in mainland North America in recent years and is served with many non-traditional toppings in poke restaurants.
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If you love this vegan poke bowl recipe, check out these other Asian-inspired plant-based recipes!
Vegan Poke Bowl with Sweet Soy Ginger Dressing
- 2 cups sushi rice short grain white or brown rice
- 2 cups purple or green cabbage shredded
- 2 cups cucumber thinly sliced
- 1 large avocado peeled and cubed
- 3 large carrots grated
- 4 green onions thinly sliced
- 1 bunch asparagus trimmed
- 12 ounces broccoli frozen, steam-able bag is easiest
- 12 ounces shelled edamame frozen, steam-able bag is easiest
- 4 packages seaweed snacks optional, but recommended - see Notes for oil-free alternatives
Sweet Soy Ginger Dressing:
- ¼ cup rice vinegar unseasoned, plain
- ¼ cup maple syrup or sugar, honey
- ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free, coconut aminos for soy free
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- ½ teaspoon dried ground ginger or 1 teaspoon fresh crushed ginger
- ¼ teaspoon wasabi powder/paste optional. Use more, if you like it spicy
- 1 tablespoon Simply Asia sweet ginger garlic seasoning optional
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil optional, omit for oil-free
- Sushi rice: Rinse rice in a fine mesh strainer for about 30 seconds, agitating the rice with your hand. Cook rice according to package directions. While your rice is cooking, prepare your dressing and vegetables.
- Cucumber: Slice into small pieces or thin slices, according to your preference. Set aside.
- Cabbage: Shred by cutting very thinly with knife or box grater (on the slicing side) and set aside. (Time saver: buy pre-shredded cabbage in cole slaw bags)
- Carrot: Peel carrots, then grate on the large hole of a box grater. (Time saver: buy julienned carrots and use raw. If they are too tough, steam for 4 minutes.)
- Green onion: Slice thinly and set aside.
- Avocado: Cut in half. Remove pit. Use a knife to carefully cube the avocado while still in the peel. Then, use a spoon to scoop out the avocado cubes into your prepared bowls.
- Asparagus: Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, add cut asparagus and ¼ cup of water. Cook until crisp tender (about 4-5 minutes), then remove from heat.
- Broccoli: Steam for 4-5 minutes in microwave or on stove. Set aside.
- Edamame: Steam for 5-6 minutes in microwave or on stove, until tender. Set aside.
- Dressing: Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or bowl and combine well. If using sugar instead of maple syrup or honey, combine it with the soy sauce and vinegar, then heat it up for 30-60 seconds in the microwave to dissolve the sugar. Then, add the remaining ingredients.
Assemble poke bowls
- When rice is done, serve it into four large bowls. Then, divide the toppings equally between all four bowls. Pour dressing over bowl and serve with seaweed snacks!