Try this yummy vegan Hawaiian Poke recipe, with pineapple, orange, lime and sesame seasoning. A playful dish that will tickle your tongue with umami and sweet citrus flavours! It’s a Hawaiian twist on your favourite healthy rice bowl.
Poke is a Hawaiian fish salad, the word itself means to slice, or section, a piece of fish. The fish is then seasoned and served over rice with some other accompaniments. Poke has been growing in popularity in North America – Montreal opened a few new Poke restaurants this year. Due to my vegetarian tendencies, I’ve never tried the original fish version, but I have tasted various vegetarian versions made with tofu. I can’t compare to the fish, but I can certainly vouch for the vegan version which is just plain delectable. Something about the mix of citrus, soy sauce and pineapple: think Japanese cuisine meet Hawaii’s tropical fruits.
I can’t truly call it Poke since there is no fish but I think it’s fair to say it is Poke inspired. I’ve chosen to use smoked tofu to replicate the taste of smoked fish and seaweed to add the fishy aroma. I’ve also boosted the flavouring of the classic Poke sauce by adding freshly squeezed orange juice, lime, agave syrup and ginger.
Items to pick up at an Asian grocery store:
Edamame: frozen and deshelled is easiest
Seaweed: frozen stems used for salads are perfect
Pickled ginger: the kind used in sushi
Black sesame seeds
Shilgochu: shredded Korean dried red peppers for decor
1 tsp crushed chilli pepper, or samba olek (optional)
1 tsp kelp powder
2 cups of cooked short or medium grain brown rice Quinoa can be supplemented
1 cup pineapple
1 cup deshelled frozen edamame
1 cup of seaweed stems, defrosted
1 large avocado, roughly mashed
1 cup of carrots, cut in match sticks
1 cup of pickled ginger
Large handful of cilantro
Cut tofu into small half inch cubes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together all liquid marinade ingredients, mix in tofu, let rest for 1 hour. Do not discard the marinade.
Whisk all sauce ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.
Bring a small pot of water to a boil, lower heat, add edamame, cook for five minutes, drain and set aside.
Blanch carrots to soften them slightly. *Microwave “cheat” method: Microwave the carrots for one minute and the edamame separately for two-three minutes.
Rinse seaweed with cold water to remove salt. Place seaweed in a bowl and mix in left over tofu marinade for seasoning.
Assemble the bowls:
Divide rice, pineapple, edamame and sauce amongst three large bowls or four small bowls and mix well. A large portion contains 2/3rd of a cup of rice versus the smaller bowl which contains 1/2 cup of rice.
Divide all remaining ingredients (carrots, seaweed, avocado, pickled ginger, cilantro) into equal portion among your bowls.