What is furikake
Furikake seasoning is one of those ingredients that does your work for you. All you have to do is add a few teaspoons to the top of your dish, and you’ll instantly boost the flavor, texture, and appearance of whatever you’re serving.
Generally, furikake is a savory mix of sesame seeds, seaweed, and salt that is used as a finishing touch on meals. The mixture can also include bonito, kombu, shiso leaves, and other dried herbs.
The name furikake comes from the Japanese word for sprinkles, and that’s exactly how we think of this savory, nutty seasoning mix. A sprinkle of furikake is an easy way to add flavor and texture to rice dishes, stir-frys, grain bowls, or countless other meals. The toasted sesame seeds add a satisfying crunch, while the herbs and seaweed bring in savory complexity. As an added bonus, this colorful mixture will make any meal look beautiful on your plate.
How to make furikake seasoning
It’s easy to find furikake in a store (or in your Blue Apron box!), but you can also recreate this savory seasoning at home with the right ingredients. Here are some things you can add to your homemade furikake
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Sheets of nori, cut or processed into small pieces
- Flaky sea salt
- Kombu, process into small pieces
- Bonito flakes
- Dried shiso leaves
After you’ve assembled your ingredients, chop or pulse larger seasonings until everything is roughly the same size (use sesame seeds as a guide). Store in a sealed jar, and bring it out whenever your dinner needs a kick.
How to use furikake
Furikake is the perfect topping for meals looking for a little pop of texture. Here are some ways we like to use furikake. Start with these ideas, then let your imagination run wild!
- Sprinkle on avocado toast
- Top off tofu dishes
- Finish rice and poke bowls
- Add crunch to stir-frys
- Top off fish dishes