My family’s fav dinners often include a build-your-own bowl type of meal. This teriyaki bowl checks all the boxes with easy customization, delicious variety, and a whole lot of flavor packed into the spices + coconut rice. I can’t wait for you to try this sweet and spicy combo, my take on a teriyaki rice bowl.

teriyaki rice bowl with pineapple, broccoli and carrots in a white bowl.

Dinner is solved with this quick + simple teriyaki bowl. It’s bursting with flavor, yet a dish the whole family will enjoy. My teriyaki rice bowl can be made ahead or day of, you choose!

Table of Contents
  1. What is Teriyaki?
  2. Teriyaki Rice Bowl Recipe
  3. Easy Ingredient Swaps
  4. Palatable Plant-Based Meals
  5. Simple Teriyaki Veggie Bowl Recipe
fresh pineapple sliced in half on a wooden cutting board.

What is Teriyaki?

Traditional teriyaki dates back to 17th century Japan. While we think of teriyaki as a sauce, it originated as a style of cooking. Ingredients are marinated in soy sauce, mirin (Japanese rice wine), and sugar, then grilled, broiled, or roasted.

Teriyaki sauce, like we find in grocery stores and Japanese-American restaurants today, was created by Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. This adaptation is often syrupy sweet, and often includes extra ingredients like ginger and sake.

fresh broccoli florets chopped on a table.

Teriyaki Rice Bowl Recipe

Since the veggies don’t take long to cook, I start this recipe by cooking the coconut rice. While most of us know how to cook rice in water, did you know it’s just as easy to cook rice in canned coconut milk? And quite delicious, I might add.

Just heat the canned coconut milk just like you would the water, then add in the rice and let the magic happen. The rice will soak up the flavor + healthy fat from the coconut milk, and you’ll get a versatile base for a variety of future meals, including this teriyaki bowl.

Because I want the veggies to stay crunchy, and the teriyaki sauce to shine (it is a teriyaki bowl after all), I broil these veggies instead of baking them. Make sure to preheat the oven on broil, so that the veggies get the full heat right from the start. You can also opt to grill your veggies, for a slightly different flavor, yet the same crunchy result.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

This recipe is easily adaptable to your pantry and taste preferences. If the teriyaki sauce/spices are too much for some of your eaters, then make the sauce separately, and have it at the table to add after cooking. Just broil the veggies in some olive or avocado oil.

Other great veggies to add or swap into this teriyaki bowl include snap peas, fresh green beans, cauliflower, spinach, swish chard, bamboo shoots, and asparagus.

If you want a grain free rice option, then use cauliflower rice. Heat a pan on medium heat, then add olive oil. Sauté riced cauliflower until the pieces are browned, stirring frequently. I buy bags of riced cauliflower at Costco, for an easy edition to veggie bowls as well as smoothies.

3 fresh green onions with the roots still attached, on a white surface.

Build Your Own Bowl Recipes

If this recipe intrigues you, then I’ve got more where this came from! Here are a few more fav ‘bowl’ recipes that are just as amazing as the teriyaki bowl below:

I def wasn’t joking when I said my veggie bowl game was strong. These recipes are legit delicious, nourishing, and shareable.

Palatable Plant-Based Meals

This recipe is just one of the 600+ plant-based recipes from our Rawk the Year meal planner. To help solve the question of “what’s for dinner,” I created a plant based meal planner with weekly meal plans + quarterly cleanses to take the guesswork out of good, clean meals.

This has been a sanity savor in my house during the summer… and my desire to still eat well in between the ice cream sandwiches and snow cones. So, how excited are you to try this teriyaki rice bowl? Don’t forget to leave a rating + review to let me know how it turned out.

teriyaki bowl
4.67 from 3 votes

Simple Teriyaki Veggie Bowl

Say hello to summer with these Hawaiian-fusion teriyaki veggie bowl! Roasted broccoli, orange bell pepper and onions over creamy coconut rice make for a quick + nutrient dense meal that the whole family will love.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Korean-Inspired, Plant-Based
Serves: 4



  • coconut oil for greasing pan
  • ¼ cup tamari
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp ginger root finely grated
  • 1 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 orange bell pepper cut into 1” chunks
  • 1 yellow onion cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup green onions thinly sliced

Coconut Rice

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup long grain white rice uncooked
  • 14 oz coconut milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp sea salt


Prepare Rice

  •  In a 4-quart pan with tight-fitting lid, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the rice to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly to toast the rice until the grains are opaque.
  • Lower heat, as needed, to prevent rice from burning or browning.
  • Add the coconut milk, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer, and cover pan with the lid.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes, then remove from the heat. Let stand for 5-10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.


  • While rice is cooking, preheat oven broiler to high. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with oil. Set aside.
  • Combine soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic. Place the broccoli, onion, and red bell pepper in a bowl.
  • Toss with half of the sauce, saving the other half to drizzle on bowl when serving.
  • Place the veggies on the prepared baking sheet. Broil for 5-7 minutes, or until they start to brown on the edges and the broccoli is tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Remove from oven.
  • Divide the coconut rice between four bowls and top with an equal amount of roasted veggies, 1⁄2 cup each of fresh pineapple, and a sprinkle of green onions. Drizzle with a little of the remaining teriyaki sauce and eat while hot.


  • Swap tamari with coconut aminos for a soy-free option.
  • Use the cooking oil of your choice; avocado oil works great, too.
  • Swap white rice for brown. If you want a grain-free option then use cauliflower rice. You can heat the cauliflower rice up in a skillet with a few tablespoons of coconut milk to still get the flavor.


Calories: 432kcal, Carbohydrates: 78g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 256mg, Potassium: 533mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 1392IU, Vitamin C: 123mg, Calcium: 76mg, Iron: 2mg
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    1. Yes, absolutely! I’ve made coconut rice using cauliflower rice and it’s just as delicious. Enjoy!

  1. 5 stars
    AMAZING!!! This was sooooo great! Everyone must try this yummy recipe! I made extra sauce and cooked some chicken in it for my boyfriend (not me). He said it was so good he was surprised it was homemade sauce. I won’t buy store bought teriyaki sauce again. Thank you for teaching me how to make it. Loved it!

    1. Yay!!! That is so awesome!!! It’s it crazy how delicious it is?!?! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Allergic to pineapple. :~( Any suggestions for a substitute? Someone once suggested oranges.

    1. Hey Pat,

      Yes you can substitute pineapple with oranges, mangoes, and peaches.

      Hope that helps!

  3. I haven’t made this yet but hope to soon! Am I able to combine all ingredients listed for rice (coconut oil, coconut milk, rice, water, salt) in a rice cooker? Many thanks!

    1. Hey Laura,

      Yes, you should be able to add all of that into your rice cooker!


  4. 5 stars
    I haven’t made this but definitely want to try it! I am really into grain/rice bowls right now. This looks awesome. I”m super sad I pre-ordered your book from Amazon and it was supposed to arrive yesterday and it’s lost. They said if it doesn’t turn up by Sunday to contact them but I”m going on vacation next week and won’t be home 🙁 Also, when I ordered your smoothie book from them it got lost and I finally cancelled my order! Here’s to hoping they find it before my trip!

    1. OH no that makes me so sad!! I am so sorry to hear that it was lost. Hopefully they will be able to send another one out before you have to leave!!

  5. 4 stars
    I made it and devoured it! I am only rating it 4 stars becauase I did not use the recipe for Teriyaki and so can’t comment on that. I had some homemade teriyaki sauce and homemade marinade from another dish to use. The coconut rice was awesome! Added carrots to the roasted veggies…..this dish has lotsa options to explore more. Recommend!

  6. This looks delicious! Would other vegetables work for this, other than peppers and onions? I was thinking carrots and cauliflower…

    1. Awwww! Thanks Mari! I’ll make sure to keep sharing new recipe creations! Appreciate the support. xoxox