Furikake: Japanese rice seasoning mix

26 March, 2021

 All about this delicious seasoning blend

You might not have heard of furikake before, but we think this delicious little Japanese seasoning mix is well worthy of a place on your kitchen shelf. If you’re unfamiliar with furikake, it’s typically used as a rice seasoning, but don’t let that limit you! 

With its typical blend of seaweed, dried fish and sesame seeds, it’s an umami bomb that added extra taste sensation to any meal.

What’s in furikake?

Furikake is typically a blend of different Japanese ingredients including nori, kombo and dashi flakes, as well as sesame seeds and sansho powder. But it’s the kind of thing where people have their own preferred blend, and there are different varieties.

Some of the common furikake blends available include:

  • Wasabi furikake, which includes dried wasabi in the mix
  • Nori komi furikake, with tiny pieces of nori seaweed
  • Shiso furikake, containing seasoned, dried and crushed perilla leaves
  • Salmon furikake, with dried salmon crumbs

Want to have a go at making your own? A good starting point is Adam Liaw’s recipe. Make sure you keep your furikake dry, storing in an airtight container, and if your nori came with a silica pouch, it’s not a bad idea to throw that in your container.

How to use furikake?

Furikake is typically used to add seasoning and flavour to rice. The word ‘furikake’ literally means ‘sprinkle over’, so taking a bowl of rice and scattering some furikake across is one of the most common ways to enjoy it.

Onigiri (rice balls) with furikake mixed through are a popular snack across Japan, readily available in convenience stores everywhere. It can also be used in sushi rolls.

Less traditional, but equally delicious uses for furikake include:

  • Using it as a pasta garnish, taking plain pasta to flavour-town especially with salmon or nori furikake
  • Add an extra dimension to your popcorn, either by mixing through stove-top cooked popcorn or a bag of microwave popcorn. We reckon it’s the perfect accompaniment for a Studio Ghibli movie marathon!
  • Top a boiled, poached or scrambled egg
  • On your smashed avo toast
  • Over your salad
  • And anywhere you’d typically reach for salt and pepper but want to add a different edge.

Where can I buy furikake around Chatswood?

Head to Asian grocers, such as Asian City or grab some everything you need to make your own from Woolies (there’s a Woolworths Metro at Chatswood Interchange). 

Or head to Toastie Smith and order the Wagyu Beef Don that dishes up fluffy scrambled eggs, sesame slaw, Japanese-style simmered beef in a delicious sando that’s sprinkled with seaweed furikake. OMG-yum.

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