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Watermelon Poke Bowl

Watermelon Poke Bowl | Well and Full | #vegan #plantbased #recipe

This Watermelon Poke Bowl is packed with plant-based flavor! You won’t miss the fish once you taste the delicious marinated watermelon!

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, watermelon poke is not an original concept, and I didn’t come up with it, and it’s been done 4,295 times before. But I had to put the Well and Full spin on it, ya know? ;)

I recently went on my annual trip to Chatham, MA (aka Cape Cod) with my family a few weeks ago. This year was really special because my fiancé came along! Obviously on the Cape, there’s an abundance of fresh seafood at every restaurant. But even before I was vegetarian, fish never really held a huge interest for me. I’ve had fish in sushi before, but I found that sweet potato tempura sushi was more my style!

Being on the Cape, though, made me think about the application of fish in American cuisine and how it can be made vegetarian/vegan. And then I thought back to a trip I took to Boston with my fiancé a few years back, where he had ordered a tuna poke bowl. (FYI – a real poke bowl is of Hawaiian origin, and usually consists of marinated tuna with vegetables and rice.) I didn’t eat the tuna, but I tried a little bit of the rice and scallions in the marinade. And let me tell you, THAT MARINADE. It was SO good. And after my trip to the Cape, I immediately thought of that poke marinade and knew I wanted to recreate it in my own kitchen!

I’ve never had watermelon poke before (or I guess regular poke, for that matter), but I know for a fact that this version is pretty darn tasty. It’s also super fresh and light for summer, which I love. If you make it without rice, you won’t have to turn on the stove at all. Win!!

Watermelon Poke Bowl | Well and Full | #vegan #plantbased #recipe

Watermelon Poke Bowl

This Watermelon Poke Bowl is packed with plant-based flavor! You won't miss the fish once you taste the delicious marinated watermelon!
5 from 1 vote
Course Dinner
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 2


Watermelon Poke

  • 2 1/2 Cups Watermelon diced


  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 Inch Cube of Ginger grated or minced
  • 2 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tbs Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tbs Scallions chopped

The Rest of the Bowl

  • White or brown rice
  • Grated Carrots
  • Sprouts
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Chopped Scallions
  • Any other toppings you like!


  • To begin, dice the watermelon into approx. 1/4 - 1/2" chunks (see photos for reference).
  • In a large bowl, mix together the marinade ingredients.
  • Submerge the watermelon into the marinade and mix around until all the watermelon is evenly coated. Marinate for 30 minutes so that the watermelon can absorb the flavor.
  • Once watermelon is done marinating, assemble the bowls (but don't throw away the marinade!). Add watermelon poke on top of brown rice, and serve with whatever toppings you like.
  • Drizzle the entire bowl with a few spoonfuls of the remaining marinade liquid (or even just plain soy sauce). Add a drizzle of sriracha if you'd like to kick things up a notch.
  • Enjoy!


  • Please use TOASTED sesame oil for this recipe, not regular untoasted sesame oil. This is a huge component of the flavor profile, so definitely do not skimp on it!

Watermelon Poke Bowl | Well and Full | #vegan #plantbased #recipe


If you make this watermelon poke bowl and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)


  • Reply
    Anthea @ Rainbow Nourishments
    July 25, 2019 at 9:27 am

    5 stars
    You’re a genius for making a poke bowl with watermelon! I’d totally have this in Summer xo

    • Reply
      July 26, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you!! It was super refreshing, perfect for this summer heat ;)

  • Reply
    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    July 30, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Even if it’s been done before, I’ve never seen it! And I love the idea Sarah! I’ve never had poke, but I’m convinced I need to give watermelon poke a go! Thank you for that!

    • Reply
      August 1, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Ooh thanks Traci! I love exchanging fresh ideas on the internet, you know I’m always inspired by your creative cocktails!! ;)

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    I agree, I’ve never heard of watermelon poke bowls before! Makes me wonder what other fruit can be used in poke bowls!

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      September 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      I used watermelon because it’s good at soaking up flavor! I’m not sure how it would go with other fruits!

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