Sesame Salmon Poke – Low Carb, Sodium-Reduced and Gluten-Free! – 80 Twenty Nutrition

Sesame Salmon Poke – Low Carb, Sodium-Reduced and Gluten-Free!

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Poke ain’t no joke (And yes, it’s pronounced POH-kay). This Hawaiian dish that features fresh raw fish marinated in a mixture that can include mayonnaise, rice vinegar, citrus juice and more exotic ingredients such as hijiki and wakame (dried seaweeds). Poke is popping up on restaurant menus everywhere and there are even poke restaurants that take their poke very seriously! Don’t be intimidated by how complicated poke bowls appear – they’re super easy to make at home. My Sesame Salmon Poke is a prime example!

Sesame Salmon Poke Bowl - no added sugar, gluten-free, low carb, paleo, keto, primal, high in protein - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist, 80 Twenty Nutrition Communications in Toronto and California

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Sushi-Grade Salmon

The secret to perfect poke is getting the freshest fish possible. Go to a fish market or somewhere you can speak to the fish monger (fish monger is to fish what a butcher is to meat). That way you can ask someone if the salmon you’re buying is fresh enough/high enough quality to be eaten raw. It should be labeled as “sushi grade” salmon. After all, poke bowls are essentially deconstructed sushi. If you wouldn’t eat the salmon as a piece of sashimi, it’s not fit for your poke!

Sesame Salmon Poke Bowl - no added sugar, gluten-free, low carb, paleo, keto, primal, high in protein - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist, 80 Twenty Nutrition Communications in Toronto and California

Sugar-Free Poke

Poke is sometimes sweetened with some honey, but honestly, it doesn’t need it. There is so much flavor going on in your poke with the tartness from the lime and umami flavor from the tamari, your senses will be happy without added sugars.

Sesame Salmon Poke Bowl - no added sugar, gluten-free, low carb, paleo, keto, primal, high in protein - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist, 80 Twenty Nutrition Communications in Toronto and California

Gluten-Free Poke

My Sesame Salmon Poke is gluten-free because I’ve substituted soy sauce for tamari. When you use low sodium tamari, you guarantee your homemade version will be lower in sodium than your classic poke bowl.

This poke is also an excellent source of protein, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D and fits into a low carb, paleo or keto lifestyle.

How to Make a Poke Bowl

Sesame Salmon Poke Bowl - no added sugar, gluten-free, low carb, paleo, keto, primal, high in protein - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist, 80 Twenty Nutrition Communications in Toronto and California

You can eat your poke straight up or create a poke bowl by layering it on top of brown rice, black rice, brown rice noodles, buckwheat noodles, kelp noodles or zucchini noodles.

I like to add some extra vegetables to my poke bowl and usually grate up some carrots, slice cucumbers into half moons and slice some sugar snap peas into strips.  I might even add in some cubed avocado for extra creaminess. So delicious!

Sesame Salmon Poke Bowl

Sesame Salmon Poke Bowl - no added sugar, gluten-free, low carb, paleo, keto, primal, high in protein - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist, 80 Twenty Nutrition Communications in Toronto and California

Time to create your new summer go-to meal! It’s perfect for entertaining and will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. Hope you love these flavors as much as I do. Enjoy!

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Sesame Salmon Poke

This Sesame Salmon Poke features all of the delicious flavors of Hawaii and only takes 5 minutes to make! It's low carb with no added sugar and is gluten-free and sodium-reduced. It's also an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D and fits into a low carb, paleo or keto lifestyle. Enjoy!
Servings 2
Calories 180 kcal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pound salmon (sushi-grade, cut into 1” cubes)
  • 1 tbsp low sodium tamari
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh ginger , grated
  • 1 green onion , thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, if you like some heat)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put the poke in the fridge for at least 2 hours. It will stay fresh for 2 days. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 25gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 597mgPotassium: 11mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1.4mg
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    1. I know what you mean, Kelli. I was like that too… I used to have a fear of even making chicken at home! The easy thing about raw fish is you don’t have to worry about safe internal temperatures during cooking 😉 Plus, you know it’s fresh because you scoped it out yourself!

      Give it a try. So easy and yummy!