Japanese Ingredient: Furikake
Furikake (say foo.ree.ka.kay)
Furikake is a blend of seasonings often used as a topping for rice. Each blend varies depending on the brand, but most include seaweed, dried bonito (fish) flakes and sesame seeds. If you’re looking for a way to jazz up steamed white or brown rice, furikake will give your grains just the right amount of umami.
Though not traditionally used for sushi purposes, furikake makes a nice topping for a bowl of sushi rice. It serves as a nice alternative to the same old spicy tuna. Instead of the spicy flavor that sometimes masks the flavor of the fish, try replacing togarashi and spicy sauce with furikake and freshly squeezed lime juice.
Furikake is quite versatile. Try placing a shaker on your table as a flavorful alternative to salt and sprinkle on steamed veggies, salads and even fried foods such as French fries.
This versatile seasoning can be found in the international aisles of most supermarkets as well as Asian markets.