Soy Sesame Bonito Flakes

bonito flakes in a bowl

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An easy and delicious rice topping or onigiri filling made with used bonito flakes.


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake or cooking sake
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3035g used bonito flakes with excess water squeezed thoroughly, or 20g fresh bonito flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Add the soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar to a medium size skillet and turn the heat to medium low.
  2. When the sugar has melted, add the bonito flakes by breaking up the lump of wet fish flakes as much as you can and tossing them with chopsticks.
  3. Keep tossing the bonito flakes for 10 minutes until they separate and dry out.
  4. Add the sesame seeds and cook for an additional 2 minutes, tossing constantly. Turn the heat off and serve over rice.


To store, transfer the bonito flakes to an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to 1 month.


Keywords: topping, filling, seasoning

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