I tried to bring the spicy poke bowls commonly seen in restaurants to life at home using basic ingredients you can find in your fridge. Rice, vegetables, spicy crab salad, and sauce toppings are the main ingredients. If you omitted the wonton strips, this recipe would be gluten free. You can add other ingredients if you want to make it more your own! The options for toppings are endless for crab poke bowls. It is like a spicy crab roll recipe in a bowl.
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What is a poke bowl?
Kind of like a buddha bowl with meat, veggies, and rice, but a poke bowl has raw fish in it and more seafood flavors and sauces like poke sauce, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, sriracha mayo, etc.
Are poke bowls healthy?
Depending what you put in them, yes. The more veggies you put in the bowl, the healthier it will be! Cutting back on the mayo or using reduced fat mayo also increases the nutrition of this recipe.
Ingredients for this spicy poke bowl recipe:
- Rice - long grain enriched rice, brown rice or white rice would also work
- Soy sauce - adds flavor
- Shrimp - provides protein
- Imitation crab - crab flavor or you can use real crab
- Mayo - regular
- Egg roll wrappers - provides crunch
- Poke sauce - adds flavor
If you want ideas for additional toppings, click here.
How to make poke bowls:
- Cook rice - adding soy sauce at the end of the cook time will give a more Japanese flavor to the spicy poke bowls rice.
- Make seafood salad - I used imitation crab and shrimp, but you can use real crab if you want. You can make your own spicy mayo in this step
- Cook veggies - I sautéed mine with vinegar until they were soft
- Fried wonton strips - you can season these any way you want, I chose cajun season though.
- Layer the food in bowls - rice on bottom, then seafood, then veggies, and finally, top it off with the fried wonton strips
Tips for making spicy poke bowls at home:
- Make the rice first - While the rice is cooking, make the other three parts of the recipe in the order they are described in.
- Don't add too much sauce - I have ruined poke bowls way too many times but adding too much poke sauce at once. This tends to drown out the flavor of the other ingredients. What if you do add too much soy sauce? Add more rice to help balance out the flavor.
- Shred imitation crab - how to shred imitation crab is fairly easy. It is kind of like shredding chicken. I usually pull the strips apart with my fingers length wise.
What to serve with seafood poke bowls?
Since this is an Asian recipe, sticking to the Asian cuisine is a good start! Egg rolls, crab rangoons, hot and sour soup, pot stickers etc. all taste amazing.
Can this be made ahead of time?
The rice can be cooked a head of time along with the spicy crab salad, but wait to assemble until you are ready to eat. The sauces don't taste as good blended together leftover.
How to store spicy crab salad poke:
I store my spicy crab in the fridge in a ziplock bag for about 3 days since it is not raw fish. I do the same for the rice in this recipe. For the fried wonton strips though, I keep them at room temperature in an air tight container.
Check out my other fish recipes:
- Salmon with Spinach Cream Sauce
- Salmon Avocado Salad
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
- Shrimp Dip
- Steak and Shrimp Fajitas
Spicy Shrimp and Crab Poke Bowls Recipe
- vegetable of your choice
- wonton strips
Poke Bowl Rice
- Cook 2 cups of dry rice in 4 cups of boiling water for 20 minutes on low-medium heat stirring occasionally. Pour in a few drops of soy sauce.
Spicy Crab Salad with Shrimp
- Mix about 30 shrimp, 8 oz of imitation crab that is tore into small strips, and ½ cup of mayo together in a bowl. To make the mixture spicy, add a few drops of hot sauce of your choice.
- Cut up some radishes, carrots, and mushrooms or any other vegetable of your choice. Put in a medium skilled and sprinkle with vinegar. Cook until vegetables are soft.
Fried Wanton Strips
- Cut egg roll wrappers into strips. Place on a sprayed baking sheet. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Spray with cooking spray again. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until brown and crispy.
To Assemble the Spicy Poke Bowl
- Lay a layer of rice down and add in the shrimp/crab mixture, vegetables, and fried wanton strips. For poke bowl sauces, I used poke sauce, soy sauce, and hot sauce. It is really all up to personal preference though, so add in what you like!
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