This Keto Poke Bowl with salmon and cauliflower rice is a light, fulfilling, and refreshing, easy keto lunch, 100% gluten-free.
Plus, this keto-friendly poke bowl is very versatile, and you can play with a combination of toppings or swap tuna for salmon to create different bowls with the same recipe.
A poke bowl is an easy meal served in a bowl, usually made of a layer of lukewarm sticky rice topped with cubes of raw marinated tuna or salmon and topped with raw crunchy vegetables or pickles.
No, an authentic poke bowl is not keto-friendly as it contains many carbs from the rice, and often the raw vegetables added on top are pickled in sugar.
Luckily, it’s super easy to make a keto poke bowl at home with a few basic ingredients.
It’s a delicious, fulfilling, and nourishing meal that combines all the important nutrients. It is a high-fat meal with healthy omega-3 fat from raw fish and avocado, full of vitamins from keto vegetables, and full of proteins and fiber.
A poke bowl is not the same without its spicy mayonnaise drizzled on top of it. Spicy tuna is even more delicious, and to make a keto-friendly spicy mayo sauce, you need to combine:
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Since you can’t have white sticky rice or Japanese sushi rice on a keto diet, cauliflower rice is your best option to serve as a base in this keto-friendly poke bowl recipe.
First, heat sesame oil in a large skillet. Then, add the cauliflower rice, fresh or frozen, and stir fry with sliced scallions for 3-5 minutes. When the cauliflower rice starts to soften, drizzle lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat.
Divide the cauliflower rice into two large shallow serving bowls.
First, choose sushi-grade tuna steaks for this recipe, skinless with a lovely red-pink flesh.
Then, cut the fish into cubes of 1-2 inches depending on how you enjoy your fish, but don’t make them larger, or they won’t soak the marinade well enough.
Finally, the key to making a flavorsome poke bowl is to marinate the raw fish with a combination of spices.
The best ingredients to marinate this keto poke bowl or salmon poke bowl are:
There are plenty of keto foods you can add on top of this keto salmon poke bowl. Below I listed the most common keto vegetables you can add:
You can make this poke bowl ahead by preparing all the ingredients the day before and store it in small containers in the fridge.
The key to meal prep keto bowl is to store each of the ingredients below in sealed, separated boxes in the fridge the day before.
Keep all pantry ingredients like dried seaweed and sesame seeds at room temperature in airtight containers.
Microwave the cauliflower for 1 minute and add at the bottom of the bowl.
Stir the marinade with cubes of tuna and transfer it on top of the bowl along with chopped vegetables, slices of avocado, and seeds or seaweeds.
You can make a vegan keto poke bowl by replacing the raw fish with raw firm tofu cubes or tempeh cubes. Both are vegan keto-friendly protein options.
If you want to order a poke bowl in a store, ask for marinated fish, keto vegetables from the list above, and no rice.
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