Citrus Watermelon & Tofu “Poke” Bowl

With this summer heat, I’ve been craving something refreshing. While browsing instagram, I saw so many beautiful colourful posts of poke bowls, and it looked like the just the thing for this weather.

Poke bowls hail from Hawaii. They are bite sized marinated raw fish that are often eaten with various accompaniments, such as avocado, veggies and rice. I always thought that marinated watermelon looked similar to raw tuna, so that was an easy pick to replace fish in this dish. I decided to add tofu for some extra protein and substance.

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  • 2 cups medium firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1/3 cup tamari (substitute: soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp garlic, grated
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp chili flake (substitute: sriracha or chili powder)
  • 1/2 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 cup roasted seaweed, thinly julienned


  • Marinated tofu and watermelon
  • Marinade liquid, strained 
  • 1 cup rice, cooked (I used brown rice)
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup edamame, blanched (I used frozen edamame)
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 small carrots, thinly sliced or gated
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • Sesame seeds to garnish
  • Citrus zest, to garnish
  • Other options: cabbage, snap peas, pickled ginger, mango, pineapple etc.
  1. To make the marinade, put all ingredients except for the tofu and watermelon in a bowl. Wisk together. Add tofu and watermelon and let marinade for at least 6 hours. I let mine marinade overnight (the longer tofu marinades, the tastier it is).
  2. Cook the rice according to the package or in a rice cooker. Once cooked, add zest of citrus if desired.
  3. Mix sliced green onion with marinated watermelon and tofu.
  4. Add rice to the bottom of a bowl. Top with marinated watermelon, tofu and additional veggies/fruits as desired. Finish with a drizzle of the strained marinade liquid, sesame seeds and citrus zest, if desired. Enjoy 🙂


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