Furikake: A Japanese Seasoning That Can Change The Way You Cook

If you’ve seen your favourite YouTube chefs reach for a bottle of red and purple Japanese seasoning every chance they get, there’s a good reason for it. Asian chefs are obsessed with furikake seasoning and it’s high time you explored this seasoning blend which despite being simple can transform the profile of your homemade Asian dishes.

It’s essentially a flavour booster which started out as a nutritional supplement in Japan. Its culinary prowess was soon realised by chefs, and though it can be made of several different things, it typically has dried fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, sugar, salt, and a hint of MSG. From giving your ramen a restaurant-worthy upgrade to flavouring your eggs, this Japanese spice blend is a truly unique pantry essential. Let’s see how it can change the way we cook.

It Can transform the Flavour Of Rice 

Whenever you’re making Asian rice dishes at home, consider using furikake as one of the most common uses of furikake is as a topping for rice. Sprinkling furikake over steamed rice adds a burst of umami flavour and texture. It transforms plain rice into a flavorful side dish that pairs well with a variety of main courses. You can experiment with different types of furikake blends to create unique flavor profiles.

Seasoning for Noodles

Furikake can also be used to season noodles such as soba, udon, or ramen. Simply sprinkle a generous amount of furikake over cooked noodles and toss to coat evenly. The savoury flavour of furikake complements the noodles well and adds depth to the dish. It's a quick and easy way to elevate the flavour of simple noodle dishes.

Topper for Salads

Another creative way to use furikake is as a topping for salads, especially the ones which have Asian marinades or dressings Sprinkle furikake over mixed greens, sliced vegetables, or protein such as tofu or chicken to add a flavorful crunch. The combination of sesame seeds, seaweed, and bonito flakes adds complexity to salads and makes them more satisfying. You can also use furikake to season salad dressings for an extra layer of flavour.

Seasoning for Snacks

Furikake can be used to season a variety of snacks, from popcorn to roasted nuts. Sprinkle furikake over freshly popped popcorn for a savoury twist on a classic snack. You can also toss furikake with roasted nuts or seeds for a flavorful and addictive snack. The salty, umami-rich flavour of furikake adds depth to any snack and makes it more enjoyable.

Flavor Booster for Eggs

Furikake can take your egg dishes to the next level by adding an extra layer of flavour. Sprinkle furikake over scrambled eggs, omelettes, or egg-fried rice for a burst of umami goodness. The combination of furikake and eggs creates a harmonious flavour profile that will leave you craving more. You can also use furikake to season deviled eggs or egg salad for a unique twist on classic recipes.