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How to make Furikake- a Japanese spice blend made with seaweed, toasted sesame seeds, salt and optional bonito and spices. Use on rice, veggies, fish or avocado toast! Vegan and Gluten-free. #furikake

Furikake Recipe

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Category: spice, spice blend
  • Method: toasted
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegan


Furikake is a savory Japanese spice blend made with dried seaweed (nori), toasted sesame seeds, salt, and spices, typically sprinkled over Japanese rice, veggies, ramen, fish or avocado toast! Vegan & Gluten-free. Video.


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Basic Furikake Base:

  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds (see notes)
  • 23 seasoned nori sheets (or plain)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional, but good)

Optional additions:  (The proportions are just a starting point.)


  1. In a food processor or spice grinder, pulse sesame seeds 1 or 2 times so that the seeds are partially ground, leaving some whole, taking care they grind quickly.
  2. Place seeds in a cast iron pan (or sauté pan) on low heat, stirring every minute or so until they become fragrant and lightly toasted, 7-8 minutes.
  3. Stack, fold and cut nori into small strips then cut into small pieces with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, or you can also crumble with your hands. 
  4. Add to sesame seeds in a small bowl, along with salt and sugar. 
  5. Add any additional ingredients ( see ideas and get creative!)
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


Grind the seeds just a little – to better incorporate the salt, sugar and optional ingredients more evenly and help release the sesame oil.

The sugar is optional but gives a sweet savory balance.

Nori sheets – use regular, seasoned can add great flavor (wasabi, sesame oil, chili)

If using already toasted sesame seeds, no need to toast again.


  • Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
  • Calories: 18
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 48.9 mg
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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