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Homemade Furikake (Japanese Rice Seasoning) 自家製ふりかけ

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    Homemade furikake is rice seasoning made with leftover kombu and katsuobushi from making dashi. This quintessential Japanese rice seasoning is fabulous on rice of course, but also on onigiri, udon noodles, soup, salad, boiled egg, popcorn, and more!

    Homemade Japanese rice seasoning, Furikake, in a Japanese blue and white ceramic bowl.

    Furikake (ふりかけ) is a nutty, crunchy, umami-packed Japanese blend used to season rice. Although it’s referred to as a rice seasoning, furikake is literally the salt and pepper of the Japanese kitchen. It is so versatile that you can use the seasoning to instantly perk up any bland dishes.

    Homemade Japanese Rice Seasoning being served over steamed rice.

    How to Make Homemade Furikake

    There are endless versions of furikake, but my homemade version uses leftover kombu (kelp) and katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes). Instead of throwing the kombu and katsuobushi away after making dashi or Mentsuyu (soup base for noodles), this recipe repurposes the ingredients into a delicious seasoning! Not only it adds flavors to plain steamed rice, but furikake can also transform any food you sprinkle on into something more yummy and fun.

    Used Kombu and Katsuobushi in glass bowls.

    This homemade furikake is really easy to make. You just chop up the leftover kombu into small pieces, combine with katsuobushi, and then cook it in a saucepan. Once the katsuobushi separates, add them in a simple mix of sugar, salt and soy sauce. Cook until the liquid evaporates and the flavor is absorbed, let cool, and then sprinkle in sesame seeds and nori seaweed.

    Rich in calcium, iodine, and iron, this homemade furikake is a healthy way to season your Japanese dishes!

    Homemade Japanese Rice Seasoning being served over steamed rice.

    Creative Ways to Enjoy Homemade Furikake

    Furikake is absolutely wonderful on just a simple bowl of rice, porridge, or udon noodles. It’s also perfect for seasoning onigiri (Japanese rice balls), soba noodle salad, grilled salmon, or rice crackers. But don’t stop there, furikake is so versatile that I love to get creative and sprinkle it on these as well:

    • Avocado – this is my favorite. Keep it simple and halve the avocado and season it with furikake as an afternoon snack. For a savory breakfast, smear your toasted bread with mashed avocado before you give it a good sprinkle of furikake. It’s a Japanese-twist on avocado toast.
    • Egg – you can totally replace salt and pepper with furikake on a fried egg or soft-boiled egg when you want something more punchy. 
    • Popcorn – planning on binge-watching Japanese shows on Netflix or a Japanese movie night? Flavor your homemade popcorn with furikake to keep to the theme. 
    • Pasta – oh yes, you can top furikake on Mentaiko Pasta, cacio e pepe pasta, or any simple creamy pasta.

    So next time, don’t toss the kombu and bonito after making dashi, and instead, create some homemade furikake seasoning and sprinkle it in your favorite dishes. If you make a big batch, you can even freeze the seasoning for a month. Furikake also makes a great holiday gift. Just pack the Japanese seasoning in a cute little glass jar to surprise your foodie friends and family!

    Homemade Japanese rice seasoning, Furikake, in a Japanese blue and white ceramic bowl.

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    Homemade Japanese rice seasoning, Furikake, in a Japanese blue and white ceramic bowl.
    Homemade Furikake (Japanese Rice Seasoning)
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     
    Homemade furikake rice seasoning made with kombu and katsuobushi.  This quintessential Japanese rice seasoning is fabulous on rice of course, but also on onigiri, udon noodles, soup, salad, popcorn and more. 
    Course: Condiments, How to
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: furikake, rice seasoning
    Servings: 1 (cup)
    Author: Namiko Chen
    Ingredients
    Seasonings:
    • 1 tsp sugar (add more to your taste)
    • 2 tsp soy sauce (You can skip adding soy sauce if you use kombu and katsuobushi from making mentsuyu (noodle base soup).)
    • ¼ tsp kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt) (add more to your taste)
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients. Make sure the kombu and katsuobushi are well drained.

      Homemade Furikake Ingredients
    2. Cut kombu into small pieces. You can cut katsuobushi into smaller pieces if you prefer.

      Homemade Furikake 1
    3. Put kombu and katsuobushi in a saucepan and cook on medium-low heat until katsuobushi becomes dry and separated from each other.

      Homemade Furikake 2
    4. Add sugar, salt, and soy sauce.

      Homemade Furikake 3
    5. Cook on medium-low heat until the liquid is completely evaporated, and katsuobushi is dehydrated and crispy.

      Homemade Furikake 4
    6. Transfer the furikake to a tray or plate and let cool. Once it’s cooled, you can add toasted/roasted sesame seeds and nori seaweed.

      Homemade Furikake 5
    7. Put in a mason jar or airtight container and enjoy sprinkling over steamed rice and popcorn! You can refrigerate for up to 2 weeks and freeze for up to a month.

      Homemade Furikake 6
    Recipe Notes

    Reserved kombu and katsuobushi: When you make homemade dashi or homemade mentsuyu (noodle soup base), you can reserve the used kombu and katsuobushi in an air-tight container and store it in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to a month. Don't worry too much about the exact measurement for this recipe. If you have more kombu and katsuobushi you want to use, simply adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2013. The images and recipe have been updated in April 2019.

     

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