Are you ready to take your taste buds on a Hawai'ian vacation? Poke bowls have been gaining popularity over the last few years, but many people on low-carb diets miss out on the deliciousness because they can't afford the carbs.
Well, guess what! You can have your poke bowl (and eat it too) thanks to this delicious low-carb poke bowl recipe! We'll let you in on our amazing secret for cutting the carbs out of your favorite rice dishes.
What’s a Poke Bowl?
In case you’ve missed the poke bowl phenomenon in the last few years, these delicious Hawaiian delicacies are all the rage. Many cities have poke (pronounced POH-keh) restaurants and bars, similar to the sushi or ramen craze a few years back. It seems every town has discovered poke.
In Hawai’ian, the word poke means to cut or slice. Poke bowls typically contain pieces of raw, sushi-grade fish, often salmon or tuna. The fish is cut into slices and combined with rice, veggies, occasionally fruit, seasonings, and sauces. Sound delicious? YOU BET!
Poke bowls are satisfying, high in protein, and a great way to enjoy sliced vegetables in your meal. The vegetables used in poke can range from radishes, carrots, beets, and root vegetables, to cucumber, onion, jicama, avocado, and even sea vegetables like seaweed. Poke allows for a lot of creativity and a LOT of beauty.
The colorful poke bowls are a feast for the eyes and the mouth. You can enjoy the savory, umami-filled bowls as a filling lunch or dinner. They're packed with protein, fiber, and other good-for-you ingredients, making them a healthful and vibrant choice.
Should you visit Hawaii, you will find authentic poke everywhere—it's commonly found in restaurants, roadside stands, and even convenience stores. Often authentic poke is served up in a Styrofoam bowl, taken to go. The dish is easy-to-customize to suit any preference. The bowls often feature some contrast—crunchy vegetables, warm rice, or warm veggies, alongside cold raw fish.
Ahi tuna, also known as yellowfin, is the preferred protein in poke, but there are many other options too. Salmon is another favorite. Some poke bowls may feature shrimp or crab, and some vegetarian takes on the dish may include tofu or mushrooms.
Poke bowls are often seasoned with sea salt, sesame seed, and occasionally onion or seaweed toppings. Spiced-up versions often include wasabi or horseradish, ginger, or hot sauce like sriracha. Our low-carb poke bowl recipe includes enough horseradish in the dressing to clear your sinuses and give you that spicy kick you crave!
How Do You Make a Low-Carb Poke Bowl?
What’s the secret to our poke bowl recipe that keeps it low-carb and guilt-free? Meet It’s Skinny Rice!
It's Skinny Rice (and It's Skinny Pasta) is an innovative take on the typically starchy base. The pasta is perfect for any noodle-based dish, from spaghetti a la Bolognese to Thai drunken noodles. For rice dishes like this low-carb poke bowl recipe, It’s Skinny Rice is the easy answer.
Regular white rice has about 45 grams of carbohydrates. Rice is generally a no-no for low-carb dieters following plans like keto or paleo. But who wants to give up something as delicious as a poke bowl?! Fortunately, It's Skinny Rice has no carbs and only 9 calories for an entire bag. So it won't weigh you down or leave you feeling sluggish and carb-overloaded.
It's Skinny Pasta and It's Skinny Rice are so healthy thanks to the miracle plant called konjac. What’s a konjac, you might ask? It’s a humble root vegetable that resembles a turnip. It’s a little ugly (well, we think it’s kind of cute) and historically not very common in the United States. However, konjac has been enjoyed in Asian countries for many years, both for food and medicinal applications.
The konjac root is used for It’s Skinny shirataki noodles and It's Skinny rice. It creates a perfect pasta-like texture ideal for dishes like this low-carb poke bowl recipe. The great thing about It's Skinny is that it takes on the flavors of the surrounding ingredients. So pile on the sauce and load up on the toppings—you don't have to worry about going light when you start with It’s Skinny.
Working with It’s Skinny Pasta and It's Skinny Rice is easy. All you do is open the bag, drain it, and add the rice or pasta to your dish at the end. It's ready to go—no boiling water, watching the pot, and draining at the right time. It's Skinny is easy and perfect for any diet—vegan, low-carb, keto, Atkins…you name it!
Because It's Skinny gets the texture right, many folks prefer it to zoodles (zucchini noodles) or cauli-rice (cauliflower rice). Both of those "swaps" are great for some dishes, but to be honest, they never really taste like "real" pasta or "real" rice. There's always the underlying flavor of veggies. With It's Skinny, you won't notice an overpowering taste. Instead, it blends right into your recipes and sets the stage for satisfaction.
Order It's Skinny Pasta, and It's Skinny Rice on Amazon. You can get a convenient four-pack today. Amaze your friends and family with the “miracle” shirataki cure for carb cravings.
Tuna or Salmon Low-Carb Poke Bowl Recipe
This tuna or salmon low-carb poke bowl recipe is the perfect solution for a summer dinner. It’s light and fresh but still filling. The flavors of this dish come together for an ultra-satisfying meal.
Be sure to splurge on a nice piece of salmon or tuna for this recipe since it's really the superstar of the dish. Fresh horseradish adds a great kick, and avocado adds a smooth, creamy texture alongside the crunchy veggies. Here's how to bring this low-carb dish together fast!
Note: This recipe feeds 4-6 people. It's an excellent option for your next backyard get-together and perfect for dining al fresco!
IngredientsRice | It's Skinny
- 1 pound of sushi-grade tuna or salmon cubed
- 2 tablespoons fresh grated horseradish root
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 bunches of scallions chopped, divided
- 2 packages of Skinny Pasta Rice
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 lime
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 large grated carrot
- 2 thinly sliced radishes
- ½ cup shredded cabbage
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- *To keep this recipe keto-friendly, limit the amount of shredded carrot used.