Vegan furikake seasoning – a typical Japanese condiment packed with umami and nutty flavors used to liven up any bland dish. Use it to season rice, salads, noodles, popcorn, and more!
This vegan furikake is close to the original and made with only 4 ingredients in less than 10 minutes!
What is furikake seasoning?
Furikake is a typical Japanese dry seasoning mix used to make onigiri (rice balls), sprinkled over cooked rice, veggies, fish, or any bland dish.
Its made with a mixture of dried fish, sesame seeds, seaweeds, salt, and sugar. Furikake varies from region to region and can include an assortment of ingredients, going from bonito flakes to miso powder and shiso leaves.
How to make vegan furikake seasoning?
- Preheat your oven
- Place your nori sheets in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 2 to 3 min or until they are crisp to the touch
- Set on a cooling rack
You can skip the oven and place your nori sheet (one at a time) in a microwave for 30 seconds each.
- Heat a small skillet over medium heat.
- Add sesame seeds and toast for a few minutes.
- Stir frequently until lightly golden brown and fragrant
- Transfer toasted sesame seeds to a small blender (you can use a spice grinder or a mortar instead)
- Cut your nori sheets to fit your blender and add them in along with sugar and salt.
- Blend until you reach your desired consistency. I prefer mine with some texture.
- Transfer to mixing bowl, and add nutritional yeast.
- Mix well and taste test. Add more salt if needed or any optional ingredients you like.
Place your furikake in a sealed container for up to 3 months at room temperature.
How to use your vegan furikake seasoning?
- Rice – it’s perfect over plain white rice.
- Salads – my favorite one is a mix of corn, avocado, and vegan mayo, sprinkled with furikake.
- Popcorn – for a savory, umami-packed popcorn
- Sushi – sprinkle over maki or any sushi you like.
- Onigiri – mix with rice and make onigiri rice balls.
- Soups – sprinkle over soups for a fish-like flavor.
- Noodles – add to noodles for texture and flavor.
Or any savory Japanese inspired dish
Other Asian-inspired recipes you might want to try:
- How to make Vegan Fish Sauce
- How to make Japanese Sticky Rice on the stove
- Sushi Bowl with Teriyaki Dressing
What you might need to make this recipe:
Vegan furikake seasoning - a Japanese condiment packed with umami and nutty flavors. Made with only 4 ingredients in less than 10 minutes!
- 4 nori sheets
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds (preferably toasted)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
- 1 tbsp mushroom powder
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds (lightly toasted)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place your nori sheets in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are crispy to the touch. Set on a cooling rack.
Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and toast for a few minutes stirring frequently until lightly golden brown and fragrant.
Transfer toasted sesame seeds into a small blender (or spice grinder/mortar). Cut your nori sheets to fit into your blender and add them in, along with coconut sugar (if using) and salt.
Blend until you reached your desired consistency (I prefer to leave some chunks for added texture)
Transfer to a small mixing bowl and add nutritional yeast along with any other optional ingredients you want. Mix well and taste test for seasoning. add more salt if needed.
Place your furikake in a sealed glass jar or container and use it when needed.
Keep furikake in a sealed container for at least 3 months at room temperature. Or, refrigerate to keep fresh even longer.
Perfect over white rice, garnishing sushis or bowls, or adding more flavor to just about any Japanese inspired dish
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