Salmon Poke Bowl with Spicy Mayo

It doesn’t get any fresher than this recipe! This Salmon Poke Bowl combines marinated salmon with tons of fixings like pickled cucumber, sliced avocado, steamed asparagus, shredded carrots, and shelled edamame. It’s all placed on a bed of warm rice and topped with a generous drizzle of homemade spicy mayo made with sriracha.

If you love salmon, you should also check out my Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon, Cajun Salmon Croquettes, Smoked Salmon Sushi Burrito with Spicy Mayo, Pan-Seared Salmon with Succotash, and Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict.

picking up a piece of salmon from the poke bowl

Poke is traditionally made with raw (ahi) tuna or octopus that is cut into small cubes and “seasoned” with ingredients, soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar—basically, a marinade.

It has roots in Hawaii, but the marinade was heavily influenced by Asian cuisine. I like to think of this dish as the Hawaiian bowl of deliciousness. As a matter of fact, it reminds me of my time I had an opportunity to play a football game in Hawaii years ago, and one thing I remember about my visit was the abundance of fresh seafood.

close up of marinated salmon with spicy mayo drizzled on top

Nothing says fresh more than poke. This recipe is perfect for anyone that truly enjoys fresh fish and fresh vegetables.

Is there a “right way” to make a poke bowl?

Not only can the seasoning used vary by preference, but the fish and toppings used can be swapped out as well. That’s the great thing about making poke bowls, there really is no “correct” way to make it, and you can make it your own!

bowl of salmon poke with all the fixings

Ingredients you’ll need to make your poke bowl:

salmon poke bowl ingredients
  • I went with a farm-raised, sashimi-quality, or sushi-grade salmon for the fish, although tuna is the most authentic fish to use. Ahi tuna can be hard to find (depending on your location), so I wanted to use a fish in this recipe that I not only enjoy but is easy to access in your local groceries. Note: A high-quality salmon is deemed safe to prepare and eat raw due to its caught and stored.
  • For your fish seasonings and marinade, you’ll need sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, ground thyme, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, lemon juice, ground ginger, and minced garlic.
  • The topping options are also all about preference. This poke bowl recipe is also loaded with sliced cucumbers (pickled in rice vinegar, water, sugar, and salt), shredded carrots, shelled edamamesteamed asparagus spears, and freshly cut avocado.
  • We can’t forget about the spicy mayo to bridge all of those flavors together with a kick! The spicy mayo is a simple combination of Sriracha and mayo along with lemon juice, Himalayan pink salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder.
  • You can turn your poke into a full meal when you place it on a bed of warm rice.
toppings for your poke bowl
Tips

Choosing ingredients for your poke bowl:

  • Want to make your marinade a little sweeter and richer? Add in a tablespoon of oyster sauce.
  • Not a fan of salmon or tuna, or you can’t get your hands on a high-quality version? You can easily substitute tofu, cooked shrimp, or hamachi. Tofu is a great alternative if you’re looking for a vegetarian option.
  • If a spicy mayo is not your thing, you can drizzle on with shoyu (Japanese style soy sauce), ponzu (a citrus-based classic Japanese condiment similar to a vinaigrette), gochujang, or black bean paste in its place.
  • And if you want to add more toppings, here are a few more suggestions: bean sprouts, pickled ginger, shiitake mushrooms, shaved radish, red onions, toasted sesame seeds, chiles, thinly sliced green onion (scallions), sweet onion, dried shallots, or wasabi.
  • You can also use jasmine rice instead of white or brown rice.

How to make a salmon poke bowl:

Prepare the salmon. Remove the skin from the salmon filet. The key to successfully fileting your fish is to have a sharp knife that can be worked in between the skin and fish. Place the fillet, skin-side down, on a chopping board. Holding the tail end firmly, use a sharp knife to cut the flesh and skin in the opposite direction from the tail end. Hold the end tightly, continue to cut along the fillet’s length, and then remove and discard skin. (You can also have your fish market handle this step in the process for you.) Chop the salmon into nice-sized 1/2 inch or 1-inch cubes, then place in a large bowl. Season the cubed salmon with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ground thyme.

adding marinade to salmon

Make the marinade and refrigerate. Add your soy sauce, sesame oil, lemon juice, ground ginger, and minced garlic into a separate bowl and whisk (paid link) until smooth. Cover and coat your salmon with this soy sauce mixture. Cover your salmon and place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. If you allow it to marinate for longer, the flavors soak into the fish. Now let’s work on your toppings…

Prepare the toppings. Slice your cucumbers and place them into a bowl. Cover with your rice wine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, stir, cover, and allow the cucumbers to soak for 30 minutes to an hour. Cut the asparagus spears 1 inch from the top, then place them in a strainer. Add a few inches of water into a pot and bring to a boil, then place the asparagus spears over the steam for 10 minutes, then remove from steam. If your edamame is frozen, allow it to sit out until it becomes room temperature. Remove the skin and seed from the avocado and slice into slices, and set to the side.

Make the spicy mayo. Add the mayo, Sriracha sauce, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder into a bowl and whisk (paid link) together until smooth. Set this to the side.

Build your poke bowl. If making rice, cook according to instructions, then add cooked rice into a serving bowl. Top rice with the marinated salmon, shelled edamame, steamed asparagus spears, shredded carrots, sliced avocado, cucumber slices, and spicy mayo.

two bowls of salmon poke with all the fixings

I just could not get enough of the combination of these fresh ingredients topped over a delicious bowl of rice. When you want to feel like you’re on a Hawaiian vacation, give this Salmon Poke Bowl and Spicy Mayo a spot on your dinner table!

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bowl of salmon poke with all the fixings

Salmon Poke Bowl with Spicy Mayo


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

It doesn’t get any fresher than this recipe! Salmon Poke Bowl combines marinated salmon with tons of fixings like pickled cucumber, sliced avocado, steamed asparagus, shredded carrots, and shelled edamame. It’s all placed on a bed of warm rice and topped with a generous drizzle of homemade spicy mayo made with sriracha.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 lb fresh salmon fillet
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 whole cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

For the spicy mayo: 

  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder


Instructions

  1. Cut salmon into 1/2-inch or 1-inch cubes. Place into a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ground thyme.
  2. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, lemon juice, ground ginger, and minced garlic into a bowl and whisk (paid link) together. Pour over the salmon and cover. Place in refrigerator for 1-4 hours. 
  3. Placed sliced cucumber into a bowl and cover with rice vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Allow to soak for 30 minutes.
  4. Cut the asparagus spears 1 inch from the top, then place them in a mesh strainer. Add a few inches of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Place the asparagus spears over the steam for 10 minutes. Remove from the steam and set to the side.
  5. Remove the skin and seed from the avocado, slice, and set to the side.
  6. For the spicy mayo, add the mayo, Sriracha, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder into a bowl and whisk (paid link) together until smooth.
  7. Cook rice according to instructions, then add cooked rice into a serving bowl.
  8. Top rice with salmon, edamame, steamed asparagus spears, shredded carrots, sliced avocado, and cucumber slices, and finish with spicy mayo. 

Equipment

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Comfort Food
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 417
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 1329mg
  • Fat: 8.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 64.4g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 21.7g
  • Cholesterol: 39mg

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4 Comments

  1. This is excellent. Easy but impressive enough for guests. The marinade is delicious, and the spicy sauce takes the whole thing over the top. The only change I made was subbing fresh ginger for powdered because that’s all we had.






    1. Eric Jones says:

      Thanks so much Maggie I’m glad you enjoyed it! Yes fresh ginger is a good upgrade thanks for sharing!

  2. Will be trying this today! I was looking for something different to try with fresh salmon. West Baton Rouge Native on deck and my family and I love your videos!

    1. Eric Jones says:

      Hey, Tinia. I’m glad you found this recipe useful. I hope you enjoy it. Yes, I’m from the westside too…lol. A lot of my family are all over West BR. Thanks for letting me know what you think, and please let me know how it turns out.