Easy Watermelon Poké Bowl

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Why is this recipe interesting?

  • This watermelon poké bowl recipe is a vegan alternative to the traditional Hawaiian poké bowl that swaps the raw fish with marinated watermelon slices.
  • It tastes very refreshing and delicious. Apart from being tasty, it’s wholesome and has a wide range of colorful vegetables.

Watermelon Poké Bowl

Punchy, juicy vegan deliciousness.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rest Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Keyword: Vegan
Servings: 2
Calories: 529kcal


Watermelon Poké

  • 150 g watermelon cut into cubes
  • 30 ml soy sauce or tamari
  • 15 ml rice vinegar
  • 15 ml sesame oil
  • 20 ml maple syrup
  • 10 ml lemon juice
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 scallion sliced
  • 8 g sesame seeds white and black


  • 250 g cooked rice
  • 1 avocado sliced lengthwise
  • 2-3 red radishes sliced
  • 1 carrot peeled lengthwise or grated
  • 25 g edamame beans steamed
  • A handful of parsley leaves
  • 8 g sesame seeds white and black
  • 1-2 lime wedges


  • Make a marinade for the watermelon by combining soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, minced garlic, sliced scallion and sesame seeds in a bowl.
  • To prepare the watermelon poké, add watermelon slices in a big bowl or a zip log bag, along with the prepared marinade. Mix well and seal or cover.
  • Let this marinate in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • Once the watermelon poké is ready, assemble the bowl by adding cooked rice to the bottom.
  • Then, on the top add watermelon poké along with other toppings like avocado, carrot, red radishes, edamame, parsley leaves, lime wedges. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.



Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 890mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 5734IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 3mg

Substitutions & Shortcuts

  • The best type of rice for this bowl is sushi rice. But any kind of white rice will work.
  • You can add a number of other toppings and garnishes to this bowl, like pickled ginger, microgreens, nori, jalapeño, roasted peanuts etc.
  • To add more depth of flavour in this bowl drizzle some sriracha sauce or wasabi mayo (30ml mayo + 3ml wasabi) on top.

Lessons learned while making Watermelon Poké Bowl

  • The marination of watermelon is one of the most important steps in this recipe. Give it ample time to marinate completely.

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