Watermelon Poke Bowl

This vegetarian poke bowl swaps out fish for watermelon that soaks up a savory marinade of tamari, garlic and ginger. Black rice adds texture, crispy cucumber and edamame round out the bowl, and a spicy mayo drizzle ties it all together.

Watermelon Poke Bowl
Photo: Brittany Conerly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 cup black rice

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 4 cups diced watermelon

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha

  • 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber

  • 1 cup shelled edamame

  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Combine rice and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk lime juice, mirin, tamari (or soy sauce), garlic and ginger in a shallow dish. Add watermelon and gently toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature while the rice cooks, about 30 minutes.

  3. Whisk mayonnaise and Sriracha in a small bowl.

  4. To assemble bowls, remove the watermelon from the marinade, reserving the leftover marinade. Divide the rice among 4 bowls. Drizzle each bowl of rice with 2 tablespoons of the reserved marinade. Top with the watermelon, cucumber and edamame. Drizzle with the mayonnaise mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Garnish with cilantro, if desired

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

380 Calories
15g Fat
53g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups
Calories 380
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 1131IU 23%
Vitamin C 18mg 20%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 8mcg 2%
Vitamin K 27mcg 23%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 21mg 5%
Potassium 223mg 5%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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