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Salmon Miso Poke Bowl

Fresh, healthy, and delicious! My Salmon Miso Poke Bowl is absolutely STUNNING to look at and tastes even better than it looks! Instead of turning on that hot oven or grill, discover the world of poke bowls.

They are much easier than they look, and require almost no cooking. The salmon is marinated. The rice is done in a rice cooker, and the other ingredients are either raw or steamed.

You can make it as spicy (or not) as you’d like. You can include wasabi, or not. Use your favorite vegetables, or skip them completely. Make it your own, and don’t think you have to go out to eat to get a fancy, healthy meal.

Salmon Miso Poke Bowl

Salmon Miso Poke Bowl

I love sushi and this bowl is like sushi to the MAX! Fresh, delicious salmon, red miso, soy sauce, ginger, rice wine vinegar, and garlic on top of a bed of sushi rice, and topped with edamame, avocado, and cucumber.

Did I hear a mouth drop?

I know, it sounds like a lot, but trust me – it’s super simple to throw together and is a DELICIOUS summertime meal!

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What is a poke bowl?

Poke bowls are a classic Hawaiian and Japanese dish that can be served in smaller portions as appetizers, in larger portions as a main course, it just depends on the occasion!

“Poke” translates to “cut or slice” in Hawaiian, so it’s easy to see that the preparation of the fish is a key feature of this dish.

Diced fish, traditionally tuna, on a bed of sushi rice and veggies of your choosing, there’s no wondering why it’s becoming so popular nationwide!

Not only is it delicious, but it’s on the healthier side of the spectrum when it comes to meal options, which is always a plus!

Salmon Poke Bowl shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Sushi-grade salmon
  • Soy sauce
  • Red miso
  • Sesame oil
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green onions
  • Sushi rice
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Shelled edamame
  • Diced green onions
  • Sliced avocados
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sriracha
  • Sliced nori

How to make a Salmon Poke Bowl

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Marinate
    Mix together the marinade ingredients. Cube the salmon and toss in the marinade. Let soak for 1-2 hours.
  • Sushi Rice
    Prepare your sushi rice and set aside.
  • Prep Toppings
    Chop and gather all of your poke toppings.
  • Build
    Put together your poke bowl by adding the sushi rice plus all the toppings and a big scoop of marinated salmon.
  • Enjoy
    Add the cream to the soup and enjoy while hot!

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Tips for making perfect sushi rice

It may seem intimidating at first to try and make sushi rice. You may be thinking, “Sushi chefs have been making it for YEARS, how can I POSSIBLY make this?”

We’ve all been there, but it’s easier than you may think once you get the hang of it!

A few tips for successful sushi rice:

  • Use actual sushi rice – You don’t want to try using regular white or brown rice when making sushi rice, they don’t have the same texture or starches so it’ll more than likely end up gummy. There should be sushi rice in your local grocery store. I’m seeing it more and more often in regular stores these days.
  • Wash your rice – Something that people often overlook when making ANY kind of rice is rinsing it. It washes away excess starch and debris that you don’t want messing up your dish.
  • Use a rice cooker – Make sure you use a rice cooker or Instant pot for your sushi rice. I think it is pretty essential for good rice cooking. You’ll never see me making it in a pot on the stove.
  • Taking it out – When you’re taking the rice out of the cooker, you only want to use wooden utensils because metal ones can break the rice. Don’t bother scraping it out, either – whatever comes out easily is what you want!
  • Seasoning your rice – Once you’ve let your rice cool for a bit, perfectly seasoning it is SO important. You’re going to want rice vinegar, sugar, and salt – the rice vinegar isn’t optional you MUST use this in order to accomplish sushi rice. Or you can use a packet of sushi rice seasoning too.

How important is fresh salmon for this dish?

I’m going to say right away, the key to any good poke bowl is gonna be having a good fish. You’ll end up spending a little extra for the good stuff, but I promise you, it is SO worth it!

If you can’t get your hands on some fresh salmon, you can try using any sushi-grade fish you can get your hands on.

If you absolutely can’t find any fresh fish, just make it vegetarian or try using some tofu! Both are great options, especially if you have a vegetarian among your mix!

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Salmon Miso Poke Bowl
Yield: 4 bowls

Salmon Miso Poke Bowl

Salmon Miso Poke Bowl

These flavorful Salmon Miso Poke Bowls are easy to throw together, and make such a fabulous lunch or dinner option!

Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes



  • 2 cups fresh sushi-grade salmon, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red miso
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 3 tablespoons green onions, white parts only (reserve the greens for garnish on the finished bowl!)
  • Sushi Rice


  • Diced cucumbers
  • Shelled edamame
  • Diced green onions
  • Sliced avocados
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sriracha
  • Sliced nori


  1. Place the salmon and all of the marinade ingredients into a plastic container or plastic baggie, and let it marinate for 1-2 hours.
  2. Place a scoop of salmon poke on top of a scoop of sushi rice, and top with any of your desired toppings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 1182mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Tuesday 5th of November 2019

I have been trying to copy the Poke we enjoyed in Hawaii and this recipe comes the closest. Easy, delicious. Thank you.

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