Furikake is a Japanese rice seasoning. It’ one of my favorite ways to add some personality to any kind of plain rice. Above it is pictured paired with some brown rice. The traditional mixture is dried seaweed, sesame seeds, dried fish, sugar, salt, and other seasonings. However, I buy the simple stuff…just seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, and salt. That way, you can be sure that it’s MSG free!
Traditionally it is paired with rice to make Japanese rice balls (onigiri) or is sprinikled on rice and topped off with some green tea (ochazuke)…a major confort food. I just love it on top of plain rice of any kind. Because the seaweed is dried, the seasoning is light and crispy and goes great with plain hot rice…yum! My co-blogger Jennifer loves the Furikake Crusted Ahi served at the local Japanese restaurant, Bachan’s.