This recipe came to be, when there was nothing to eat in the fridge but a bag of brussel sprouts and half an onion. Since that humble dinner, it has evolved into one our favorite meals with the addition of prawns, although I love this equally with seared tofu, or even without a protein at all, served as a side dish. Brussel sprouts are thinly sliced and sauteed with onion, until just tender, then seasoned with Furikake -a flavorful Japanese spice mix containing toasted sesame seeds, flecks of seaweed and smoked bonito flakes. Large shrimp (or tofu) are added to the skillet of tender brussel sprouts, and seared. To finish, a little drizzle of toasted sesame oil, gives it a delicious nuttiness. The dish has an earthy umami flavor that is subtle and soulful. Sometimes I’ll add mushrooms, or cashews, but most of the time I’ll leave it fairly simple. Serve in big bowls with chopsticks and sriracha, and enjoy this quick healthy meal!
This healthy, one pot meal comes together in a very short time, but what I love most about it is, that its main ingredient, brussel sprouts, one of the most nutritious vegetables we can eat. The prawns or tofu, are really just accents, complimenting and adding protein. My body always feels good after eating this.
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Furikake is great to have on hand….and can be sprinkled on everything from popcorn, to avocado toast, to hard boiled eggs, or on rice for a nice twist. It’s great in miso soup.
This is the brand I prefer from the Asian Market, containing no MSG, but it’s also very simple to make your own Furikake spice blend.
Furikake Brussel Sprouts and Shrimp- Serves 2
- 1 lb thinly sliced Brussel Sprouts
- ½ an onion ( white, yellow or sweet) thinly sliced
- 1 ½ T olive or vegetable oil
- ¼ tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 8-10 oz large shrimp or prawns -raw or cooked, peeled and deveined or Baked or Smoked Tofu.
- drizzle of toasted sesame oil
- 2-3 teaspoons Furikake ( available at Asian markets and upscale grocery stores)
- chili flakes, chili threads, or sriracha sauce
Thinly slice onions and brussel sprouts. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, and saute, stirring often until just tender about 2-3 minutes. Add brussel sprouts, turn heat down to medium, and saute until just tender, about 5 minutes, stirring often. You want them to be wilted, not overly cooked. Season with salt and pepper.
Make a well in the middle of the pan, and add prawns, and a little drizzle of sesame oil, and continue stirring the shrimp until cook through, about 3-4 minutes. Stir everything together, season with Furikake spice blend, taste, adjust salt if necessary. I usually add a generous pinch more. Divide in bowls and sprinkle with a little more Furikake, and chili flakes (or siracha sauce) and chop sticks.
- ½ cup toasted sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sea salt, to taste
- 3 sheets nori- processed in the food processor
- 3 heaping tablespoons smoked bonito flakes
- ½ teaspoon sugar, optional
Mix all together in a medium bowl. Store in airtight container.