If you like burrito bowls and you love sushi, you’re taste buds are going to adore an ahi poke bowl.

This trendy, Hawaiian-inspired dish has become a favorite among people in Colorado Springs, and for good reason. Pronounced poh-kay, ahi poke is basically a salad of cubed raw ahi tuna that has been marinated in sesame oil, soy sauce, or another delicious dressing. Often tossed with other ingredients like veggies, nutrs, and rice, ahi tuna bowls are easy to make (not to mention they are incredibly healthy).

To help you better understand poke bowls, let’s break down the basics of how to create one.

Step 1: Choosing The Right Fish
Poke bowls are known for having sushi-grade fish (fresh fish). Center-cut yellowfin is often used in poke bowls, however salmon is also a popular option as well. The most important thing about your poke protein is that it is wide and thick enough to cut into one-inch cubes. If you’re a vegetarian or you just don’t enjoy meat, you can marinate tofu, portobello mushrooms, and even beets instead.

Step 2: Preparing The Fish
Once you’ve decided what kind of fish you’d like to include in your poke bowl, it’s time to prepare it by removing any connective tissue you see. This can be done with a knife by getting rid of any white or stringy bits from a fillet. Once all connective tissue has been removed, the fish will be cut into one-inch cubes.

Step 3: Marinating The Fish
Once the fish has been properly prepared, it’s time to marinate it. Most ahi tuna bowls marinate the tuna in a combination of soy sauce and sesame oil. A good rule of thumb to remember is that you should use a half cup of soy sauce and one tablespoon of sesame oil per one pound of fish. Many poke chefs recommend marinating the fish for at least two hours.

Step 4: Creating The Base
Most ahi tuna bowls will have some type of rice as its base, often white rice or organic brown rice. If you’re trying to avoid carbohydrates, you may consider swapping out a rice base for glass noodles or zucchini noodles.

Step 5: Adding The Extras
The last step of poke bowl preparation involves adding all the delicious extras, like sesame seeds, diced scallions, onions, avocado, and vegetables. If you’re looking for an Asian-inspired poke bowl, consider adding some pickled ginger, seaweed, and wasabi to your bowl. To add a little more texture, toss in some edamame, cucumbers, tomatoes, and macadamia nuts. Last but not least, top your poke bowl with a sauce of your choice (popular options include spicy mayo, ponzu, shoyu, and hot sauce).

Ahi Poke Bowls In Colorado Springs

If you’re interested in trying an ahi poke bowl in Colorado Springs, visit the International Poke Company today.

Our North Shore Ahi Tuna bowl is a Hawaiian classic. This poke bowl sits on a bed of white rice with soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper, seaweed, scallions, edamame, jalapeno peppers, and cucumber.

Our Firecracker Ahi Tuna bowl features a creamy spicy sauce with edamame, scallions, wasabi furikake, bean sprouts, and shredded nori, all served on white rice. If you want to go against the grain, you can swap out your white rice for glass noodles, organic brown rice, organic mixed greens, or forbidden black rice. Some other popular poke bowl dishes we offer are:

Coco Loco Salmon – If you love salmon and a little spice, this is the perfect dish for you. Our Coco Loco Salmon poke bowl sits on a bed of organic brown rice and is topped with spicy coconut milk sauce, lime, mango, jalapeno, tomato, red onions, and cilantro.

Koren BBQ Salmon – Our Korean BBQ Salmon poke bowl sits on a bed of glass noodles with a Korean BBQ sauce, bean sprouts, cucumber, scallions, red onions, toasted sesame seeds, and napa cabbage.

Southwest Shrimp – Are you a shrimp lover? Our Southwest Shrimp poke bowl will have you smiling from ear to ear. Featuring creamy avocado sauce, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, cucumber, jalapeno peppers, radish, and chili, this mouth-watering poke bowl is a favorite at our Colorado Springs poke restaurant. Stop by the International Poke Company to try some authentic poke today!