Spicy Sesame Poké Bowl

Spicy Sesame Poké Bowl
Photo courtesy ASMI

Poké bowls are truly the easiest way to get a sushi fix with very little fuss. While this marinade is specifically dialed in for salmon, tuna is a good alternative. This bowl is fresh and savory with incredible coconut and sesame undertones; all without covering up the flavor and texture of that incredible wild salmon.

Spicy Sesame Poké Bowl | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 20 min
Serves: 1-6


  • Fish:
  • 1-3 pounds coho, king, or sockeye salmon (albacore tuna is great too)
  • Rice:
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1½ cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 sheet of nori, chopped or torn
  • Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon toasted black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili paste (like sambal oelek)
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • Vegetable and Toppings:
  • Thinly sliced carrots
  • Thinly sliced radish
  • Thinly sliced red pepper
  • Diced cucumber
  • Sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced cabbage
  • Thinly sliced nori
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Chopped green scallions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Spicy Mayo:
  • ⅛ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup coconut cream (or sour cream/plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1½ tablespoons honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • Salt to taste


Fillet fish

Lay fish with skin side down on cutting board. If right handed, tail side of the fillet points left. Dig first three fingers and nails gently into the very tip of the tail and make an insert cut just in front of your fingers. Run the blade along the length of the fish between the meat and the skin, applying slight pressure. Do not saw back and forth or the delicate meat will shred. Discard skin or pan fry it with butter and salt until crispy (because it is delicious!).

Flip over salmon and notice gray color striations. This is an insulating fat packed with omega-3, but has an intense flavor. Slice thinly to remove the gray striations for a poke bowl.

Flip fish back over and remove pin bones. Cut fillet into small cubes, ½ -1 inch thick. Put cubed coho into a medium bowl and refrigerate. 

Make rice

Rinse rice until water runs clear to remove starches. Strain rice and water. Add coconut oil to a saucepan or rice cooking pot and melt, then turn off heat. Add water, salt, and rice to pot and stir to combine with oil. Bring to slow boil over medium heat and stir once. Turn heat as low as it will go (less than a simmer) and cover pot tightly for 13-14 minutes. Remove rice from heat when water is absorbed and rice is easily separated when fluffed. Fluff rice quickly, return the lid, and let sit for 8-10 minutes off the burner until rice is tender. Put rice in a bowl, add lime juice and nori. Mix ingredients gently and set aside.

Make marinade

For the marinade, combine melted coconut oil, toasted sesame seeds, and ginger to medium bowl. Let mixture rest for 10 minutes. Add remaining marinade ingredients and whisk for 1 minute. Add chopped salmon to marinade. Return mixture to the fridge and let marinade 10-20 minutes to taste. 

Make Spicy Mayo

Mix all ingredients by hand or with mixer until smooth and silky. Salt to taste and set aside. 

Assemble poké bowl

Add ½ cup rice for base layer, top with wild salmon (and desired amount of marinade). For beautiful presentation, add any combination of the vegetables along the sides of the bowl. Top with scallions, sesame seeds and coconut flakes and drizzle with spicy mayo. 

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*The information displayed is our analysis of the recipe based on its ingredients and preparation, and should not be considered a substitute for professional nutrition advice.

Wild at Home

with Richie Mann

Poke bowls! Aka sunshine in a bowl. Aka tomorrow's lunch. This week's episode of Wild at Home™ is bringing a quick punch to style up your bowl. Poke is your best defense against dine-out sushi cravings. It's fresh and crunchy with savory heat and texture that will make you drop your spoon and grab a ladle.

And, always source your fish from a fisherman whose name you know and responsibly harvests wild seafood. My favorite for this is coho salmon, but of course king salmon is incredible too.

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