These easy vegan poke bowls are filled with fluffy rice, marinated ginger tofu, pickled onion, avocado and cucumber. These bowls are fresh, so easy to make and perfect for meal prep!
I’ve been eating sushi bowls and vegan poke bowls non stop these days. The two are very similar, but Poke bowls are a Hawaiian dish that typically have cubed raw fish (often tuna), white or brown rice, and toppings like seaweed, sesame seeds, and cucumber.
This vegan tofu poke bowl uses marinated tofu place of the fish and some extra fun toppings like avocado, edamame, cucumber, and picked onion to make it a healthy, protein rich and nutrient packed meal.
The great thing about poke bowls, or buddha bowls of any kind, is that you can mix and match and add whatever you like! There aren’t strict rules to these kinds of things. Try my lemon tofu next!
How to make poke bowls
This recipe could truly not be any easier. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Prep the tofu. Remove the tofu from the package and drain off any excess liquid. For best results, it does help to press it for about 10 minutes by just placing a heavy object on top, but you can totally skip this if you’re in a pinch. Then, just cut into roughly one inch cubes.
Marinate the tofu. Because this is tofu poke, we won’t actually be cooking the tofu. Instead we’re going to marinate it in a gingery soy based sauce for about 30 minutes to give it lots of flavor.
You want to marinate for at least 20 minutes, but up to a few hours if you’re going to prep this in advance!
Prep your veggies/toppings. I love using cucumber, pickled red onion, edamame, avocado and scallions. You can add in cabbage, carrots, whatever else you like!
Assemble your bowls. Start with a base of rice, then add on all of your toppings and the tofu once it has finished marinating. Save the remaining marinade and drizzle on top of the bowls. Enjoy!
Do they store well?
Once prepared, this recipe will store in the fridge for 5 days, which make it perfect for meal prep! It’s best to keep the avocado separate until you’re ready to serve so it doesn’t turn brown.
Do you serve poke bowls hot or cold?
I usually eat these poke bowls cold because you don’t cook the tofu, but they can be eaten warm! This is perfect if you are going to use this recipe for meal prep and take some on the go for lunch.
What type of rice is best?
I generally just use white jasmine rice because that is what I always have on hand, but sushi rice would make this a bit more traditional. You can use white or brown, whichever you prefer.
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Vegan Tofu Poke Bowl
by: claire cary
- 1 block extra firm tofu
- ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons chili paste I used sambal oelek
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- 1 small diced cucumber
- ½ cup pickled red onion
- 1 cup cooked & shelled edamame
- 1 avocado
- 3 green onions
- Remove the tofu from the package and drain off the liquid.
- Cut into roughly 1 inch cubes.
- In a large, shallow bowl, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients.
- Add in the tofu and toss to coat.
- Let marinate for 20-30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prep the rest of the bowls.
- Start with a base of rice, then add on top the cucumber, pickled red onion, edamame, avocado and scallions.
- When the tofu is done marinating, add on top of the bowls. Save the rest of the marinade and drizzle on top.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds & enjoy!
Hi Claire, You deserve to have 5 stars. I love a good meal preparation, this looks so beautiful and so easy to make.
I’m a little confused. I’ve made this recipe before but it seems to have changed. The recipe listed above doesn’t match the instructions or the photos. In this recipe there’s no mention of teriyaki sauce and the red cabbage got swapped out for pickled onion. I can figure out how to make it using the links and photos, but it’s disappointing when recipes I’ve enjoyed in the past get changed. It happened with the tahini dressing on the Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl as well. I loved the old recipe and now it has extra ingredients.
Claire Cary says
This recipe has recently been updated, but you can still find the teriyaki tofu recipe on the blog. There is no way for me to know if a recipe is actually popular if comments/ratings are not left. This is a very old recipe that needed updating. In the future, if there is a recipe you enjoy, leaving a comment/rating will prevent changes.