Spicy Tofu Poke Bowls

spicy tofu poke bowl

There are several food trends that hit Hawaii long before they made it to the mainland. Like Bubble Tea. Acai Bowls. And most recently, Poke Bowls.

Poke – which is essentially a raw fish salad – has been a long-time staple in Hawaii. It’s traditionally made with chunks of fresh-caught ahi tuna, but nowadays it’s common to find poke in a variety of different seafood and flavors. No matter what the combination, poke is easy to find at grocery stores or even as an appetizer at most local restaurants.

Recently the poke game was bumped up a level with genius invention of poke bowls. Poke bowls are simply poke served over rice. You guessed it, in a bowl. It’s more of a meal than an appetizer, but however you eat it, it’s delicious. It’s no wonder that poke bowls are served just about anywhere in Hawaii these days.

spicy tofu poke bowl

spicy tofu poke bowlFunny thing is, I got used to eating vegetarian-style poke recently, since eating tuna is a no-no while pregnant. And during that time, I perfected my tofu poke recipe. Naturally I made it spicy. And served it on a bed of rice. Although I’m eating ahi again, my youngest sister recently moved back home after studying in France for the last year. She has a mad craving for local food, and she’s vegetarian – so I have a good excuse to continue making this dish.

For those of you not in the islands, you’re welcome. It’s not always easy to find sashimi-grade ahi on the mainland (which is the only type of raw ahi you should be eating), but tofu is easy to find (and cheap!). So go on and bring a little taste of the islands into your house tonight with Spicy Tofu Poke Bowls.


Spicy Tofu Poke Bowls
Serves 4

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3 T chili garlic sauce (I used Huy Fong Foods brand)
1 T sesame oil
1/4 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 box firm tofu
1/4 cup seaweed
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
2 T green onion, chopped
3 cups rice, cooked

Mix together chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger in a small bowl. Set aside.
Drain the tofu, and cut into 1 inch cubes. Put cubes into a large bowl, along with the seaweed and onions. Pour the sauce over and toss carefully to coat (try not to break the tofu pieces!). Let sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the sauce to soften the onion and soak into the tofu. Taste and add more chili sauce if desired.
To make the poke bowls, simply scoop out 1/2 cup rice into a bowl, and top with tofu poke. Enjoy!

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  1. morris


    What kind of seaweed are you using?

    • Marisa


      Great question! Wakame seaweed!


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