Furikake: Japanese Rice Seasoning

Furikake is a Japanese a rice seasoning typically made up of, nori, sesame seeds, dried fish/shrimp, and sugar. My recipe is really simple and a great introduction to this magical ingredient. Sprinkle it over rice, eggs or veggies.

Furikake: Japanese Rice Seasoning


  • 2 sheets toasted nori
  • 4 tbs sesame seeds, black/white or both
  • 1/4 bonito flakes
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar


  1. Heat a pan over medium/low heat. Add the sesame seeds to the pan and toast just until fragrant 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to burn them! Remove the sesame seeds from the pan and let cool. 

  2. Use scissors to cut the nori into quarters; this will make it much easier to break up in the blender. Blend the nori and bonito in a blender or food processor.  I personally have a very poor quality blender, so it takes a while to achieve the correct consistency. I use the pulse setting and a combination of blending on high and low. After a few minutes, you will get a fine flakey consistency. Lastly, add the bonito flakes and pulse a few more times.

  3. Pour the blended nori and bonito into a bowl and toss with the toasted sesame seeds and coconut sugar. Store in a small jar with a lid. My favorite way to use furikake is to sprinkle it over warm rice with sliced avocado and a little bit of soy sauce. 

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