Recipe: Homemade Poke Bowls

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Homemade Poke Bowls | Freckled Italian

I'm a big fan of poke bowls--when we first moved to California I think I ate at least one a week for a couple months. There's a place down the street from our house that makes great ones, but they can get expensive, especially if you make them a habit. I decided to make a few at home the other day because I hadn't had one in a while. Raw fish isn't exactly pregnancy-friendly, so I made mine with cooked crab (most of the ones I used to order had a mix of poke and crab, so it's not too much of a variation from what I normally would have ordered).

Recently Village Harvest was kind enough to send me a box of three of their Organic Benefit Blends to try, so I decided to take the Organic Antioxidant Blend for a spin instead of regular white rice. They also have an Organic Ancient Grains Blend and an Organic Protein Blend, but the antioxidant blend is made with black rice, black lentils, and black quinoa; so not only does it have a ton of nutrients, but it also looks really cool in your bowl. 

Homemade Poke Bowls | Freckled Italian

Ingredients (makes 2 bowls):

  • 1 cup of rice--for this recipe I used the Antioxidant Blend from Village Harvest Organic Benefit Blends
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 pound of ahi tuna, diced
  • 1/4 pound of snow crab leg meat, chopped
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, diced
  • 1 large carrot, julienned or peeled into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Sliced green onion, for garnish
  • A few tablespoons of pickled ginger on the side


  1. Prepare the rice according to package instructions. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cucumber and carrots with diced tuna and chopped crab. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic chili sauce. Gently toss to combine.
  3. Assemble bowls by spooning rice, then topping with veggies and seafood. Top with sesame seeds and sliced green onions and serve with pickled ginger.
Homemade Poke Bowls | Freckled Italian

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Homemade Poke Bowls | Freckled Italian

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