Homemade Furikake – Japanese Rice Seasoning

This versatile blend of ingredients is most popular in Japan where it is used with the frequency we use the salt and pepper shakers in the West. It is also easy to find prepackaged in places like Hawaii – where it is an integral part of the food lexicon.

What is Furikake?

Furikake (ふりかけ) is a Japanese seasoning made primarily of dried bonito flakes, seaweed, sesame seeds and simple pantry spices. It has a savory and slightly sweet flavor profile – and sometimes has a kick of spice if dried pepper (ichimi or shichimi) is added to the mix.

Key Ingredients:

Bonito Flakes Soy Sauce Sugar Sesame Oil Sesame Seeds


In a pan over low heat, add bonito flakes, soy sauce and sugar. Transfer to a sheet pan and cool. Stir in sesame seeds, nori and shichimi. Sprinkle the mixture over Japanese rice and serve!





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