Furikake is condiment to sprinkle over rice, or mix in rice when making rice balls. When people get tired of plain white rice and want to add some flavoring, furikake comes in handy. Parents often sprinkle frikake on rice to encourage children to eat rice.

Most commercial ones are dry for long shelf life in room temperature, but a half-dry type is also available. It comes in many different flavors, and the ingredients vary from katsuobushi, kombu, wakame, nori, umeboshi, jako, sesame seeds among others.

If you are not satisfied with store bought furikake, you can make on your own. I posted a furikake recipes made of carrot greens and katsuobushi.

Furikake can be found at Japanese, Chinese, and Korean grocery stores. If you wish to order online, here are some of the links;









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3 Responses to Furikake

  1. Alex June 16, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    Hi, Yuki.

    Do you know what the crunchy and salty colored bits are made of?
    They’re usually orange or green in most furikake, just like in that picture.
    I’ve always wanted to know what they are.

    • Yuki June 16, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Hi Alex, Colored bits of furicake can be many different things. Orange stuff in salmon furikake are most likely freeze dried salted salmon bits. Yellow stuff in egg and nori furikake are egg flavored something I don’t know. Green stuff can be freeze fried salted green or something else. In any case, most likely they are colored using artificial or natural coloring, in order to look attractive.

  2. Chieko January 24, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    I love making my own furikake. Never the same way twice! Healthier and I know what the ingredients are. There are no set recipes for furikake. Just have fun with it!