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Tofu Poke Bowl


  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 bowls 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This fresh and delicious Tofu Poke Bowl couldn’t be any easier to make at home and features delicious baked sesame ginger tofu.


Ingredients

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Sesame Ginger Tofu:

  • 1 - 16 oz block (454g) super firm tofu (see note 1)
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup (59 mL) reduced sodium soy sauce (use gluten-free tamari for GF)
  • ¼ cup (45g) coconut sugar (cane sugar or agave/maple syrup OK)
  • 1 ½ tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tahini OR 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup (59mL) + 3 tbsp water, divided
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder

Vegan Poke Bowl components:

  • 4 cups (800g) cooked Jasmine rice
  • 2 cups (340g) Shelled edamame
  • ½ cup (58g) Watermelon radish (any radish is fine)
  • 2 cups (238g) chopped cucumber (peel thick skinned cucumber)
  • 1 cup (165g) diced mango
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • ½ cup (120g) pickled ginger
  • ½ bunch green / spring onions, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame seeds, garnish, optional
  • 1 tsp chili flakes, garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Prep: If you’re baking the tofu, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius). If airfrying, you’re welcome to preheat your air fryer but I never bother.
  2. Cube Tofu: I like bigger cubes, but you can pick. Smaller cubes will cook faster.
  3. Coat Tofu (optional): So, you’re welcome to coat your tofu in something if you like. A little cornstarch or arrowroot powder would make the sauce even more likely to stick, but unless you’re adding oil to the tofu, it can sometimes give a bit of a powdery taste that I don’t like, and I don’t fry my tofu. So that’s why I say you’re welcome to do it if you prefer, but I personally skip it and the sauce still sticks to the tofu for me.
  4. Arrange on tray: Place the tofu in a single layer on a silicone mat or parchment paper lined baking tray or in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Single layer is best to ensure all sides get crispy.
  5. If Baking: Bake for about 20-30 minutes until it’s the texture you like. I do 30 minutes because I like it to be nice and chewy/crispy. Flip the cubes halfway through.
  6. If Airfrying: Cook for about 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket or flipping each piece occasionally (every 6-8 minutes or so).
  7. Make the Sauce: While those are cooking, make your sauce. You can either saute your ginger and garlic first, or add them all at once to the pot. Add everything to a large nonstick pot (large because we’ll toss our tofu in it, and that’s hard in a tiny pot, ask me how I know) except for the cornstarch / arrowroot powder and ¼ cup water. Mix those in a small bowl or cup and whisk until smooth, but set aside for now.
  8. Thicken the Sauce: Bring the sauce to a low boil over medium high heat. Stir in the cornstarch / arrowroot powder mixture and stir until thickened. Keep warm over low heat until the tofu is cooked.
  9. Add Tofu: Toss the cooked tofu in the sauce and let it simmer on low for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat.
  10. Assemble: Prepare your tofu poke bowl by starting with a base of rice. Then add each of the toppings--make it pretty or dump it on top, doesn’t matter. Finally use a large spoon to add your tofu on top, grabbing a bit of extra sauce and drizzling it on top.
  11. Garnish: Sprinkle with sesame seeds, chili flakes, or anything else you like and enjoy!
  12. Store: I prefer to store leftover components separately in the fridge. It keeps everything fresher and you can customize it a bit each day if you like. Most of the components like the tofu and the veg will last up to 5 days in the fridge. Avocado, not so much :( but you could just cut up a fresh one each day if you’d like.

Notes

  • Note 1: You’ll need super firm tofu for this, the kind in the vacuum sealed pack. If you can’t find it, I’d take two packages of firm tofu and press them in a tofu press or between two plates/cutting boards and a heavy weight (like a few big books) for 30 minutes.
  • Note 2: I used cute little Persian cucumbers, but any will work. If using a regular cucumber, I might peel the thick skin off.
  • Note 3: It’s optional, but I love Jasmine rice as the base for this bowl. It’s like a starchy salad. You can also use brown rice, quinoa, rice noodles, greens, or anything else you’d like.
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Airfryer, Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Health

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan Poke Bowl Recipe, Tofu Poke Bowl