D.I.Y. Recipe: Vegetarian Furikake Rice Seasoning

D.I.Y. Recipe: Vegetarian Furikake Rice Seasoning

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Emily Han
Apr 3, 2009
Furikake is a Japanese condiment typically sprinkled over or mixed into rice. There are dozens of varieties on the market – most contain seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, and salt. Other ingredients may include MSG and dried fish, shrimp, roe, egg, and vegetables. Although I love looking at the rows of colorful furikake jars at the Japanese grocery store, I recently decided to conserve money and packaging by making my own. As a vegetarian, this also makes sense as many store-bought varieties include fish. It's also a good way to control the amount of sugar, salt, or other additives. Here is a very basic recipe for homemade furikake. If you've experimented with other ingredients – or are inspired to after this post – let us know in the comments! You can just use whole sesame seeds, but I like to include both whole and ground for added texture. Vegetarian Furikake Rice Seasoning 2 sheets toasted nori seaweed 1/4 cup toasted white and/or black sesame seeds 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar Toast the nori over a low flame or burner, waving each sheet over the burner until it crisps and the color changes. Using scissors, cut into small pieces. With a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder, combine 1/8 cup sesame seeds, salt, and sugar. Combine nori with ground sesame seed mixture and remaining 1/8 cup whole sesame seeds. Store in an airtight container. To serve, sprinkle over or mix into rice or noodles. Related: Make This: Gomashio, Japanese Sesame Salt (Image: Emily Ho)
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