Craving a classic Poke Bowl? Save time and money by making this delicious poke at home!

A close up picture of an air fryer poke bowl. Someone is reaching into the bowl with a pair of chopsticks and grabbing a piece of tofu.

What is Poke?

Poke bowls are traditionally from Japan and first became popular in the 1970s. Recently, they’ve become all the rage in the US as a healthy, but tasty Asian cuisine.

The word “poke” simply means “cut into pieces” in Japanese. It refers to the cubes of tofu or meat that is served on a bed of rice, vegetables, and anything else you want to add to the mix.

Most of the flavor comes from the marinade that we’ll be adding to the tofu or meat. We’re using a classic blend of soy sauce and sesame oil that goes perfectly with the firm tofu.

Gather What You’ll Need

A picture showing everything you need to make these air fryer tofu poke bowls.
  • Tofu: I recommend extra firm tofu. I think it has the best texture. You could also substitute for salmon or shrimp!
  • Sesame oil and soy sauce: We’ll use this to make a simple marinade.
  • Clove of garlic: You’ll want to mince it ahead of time.
  • Ginger: Ads a little bit of bite! You’ll need to grate this up beforehand.
  • Cornstarch: This helps the marinade stick to the tofu.

How to Make It

A collage showing the six steps of how to make air fryer poke bowls
  1. Press the block of tofu by wrapping it in a tea towel and placing something heavy on top to absorb moisture. Leave for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Make the marinade by combining sesame oil, soy sauce, and minced garlic in a bowl.
  3. Transfer the tofu to a chopping board and cut it into cubes. Place the tofu into a container with a lid, then pour over half of the marinade, reserving the other half for later. Allow the tofu to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle cornstarch over the marinated tofu, then place the lid on the container and shake it around so each piece of tofu gets fully coated.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 375˚F (190˚C). Add the tofu cubes in a single layer to the basket. Cook for 10 minutes or until golden and crispy on each side, shake the basket every few minutes to ensure even cooking.
  6. Add the rice to the serving bowl and top it with cabbage, avocado, carrot, cucumber, edamame, and air fryer tofu. Finish with toasted sesame and remaining marinade.
A close up picture of an air fryer poke bowl. Someone is drizzling a marinade or sauce over top of the poke bowl.

Tips and Tricks

Storage

These poke bowls should last for 2-3 days in the fridge. Just make sure they’re in a sealed, airtight container!

And…I don’t recommend trying to reheat poke bowls. They’re meant to be served cold!

A close up picture of an air fryer poke bowl. Someone is reaching into the bowl with a pair of chopsticks and grabbing a piece of tofu.
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Airfryer Tofu Vegan Poke Bowl

Craving a classic poke bowl? Save time and money by making this delicious poke at home!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 635kcal
Ken

Equipment

Ingredients

Tofu Ingredients

  • 8 oz Extra firm tofu Normally 1 block
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Poke Bowl Ingredients

  • cup brown rice cooked
  • 1 cup red cabbage shredded
  • ½ avovado sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced long ways
  • ½ cucumber sliced
  • ½ cup edamame
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
  • ½ lime sliced into wedges

Instructions

  • Press the block of tofu by wrapping it in a tea towel and placing something heavy on top to absorb moisture. Leave for at least 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, make the marinade by combining sesame oil, soy sauce, and minced garlic.
  • Transfer the tofu to a chopping board and cut it into cubes. Place the tofu into a container with a lid, then pour over half of the marinade, reserving the other half for later. Allow the tofu to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle cornstarch over the marinated tofu, then place the lid on the container and shake it around so each piece of tofu gets fully coated.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375˚F (190˚C). Add the tofu cubes in a single layer to the basket. Cook for 10 minutes or until golden and crispy on each side, shake the basket every few minutes to ensure even cooking.
  • Add the rice to the serving bowl and top it with cabbage, avocado, carrot, cucumber, edamame, and air fryer tofu. Finish with toasted sesame and remaining marinade. Serve with a wedge of lime.
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Nutrition

Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1121mg | Potassium: 1149mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5728IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 5mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.

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