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Homemade Furikake |Japanese Rice Seasoning

Furikake: the salt and pepper of Japan. This crunchy, salty, nutty, earthy, briny topping that tastes slightly of seafood is a great all-purpose seasoning for rice, seafood, snacks, and more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 28kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sea salt to taste
  • 3 sheets nori
  • 3 heaping tablespoons bonito flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar optional


  • Heat a dry, heavy-bottomed skillet over a medium high burner.
  • Pour in the sesame seeds and shake to distribute evenly over the surface of the skillet.
  • Toast, shaking occasionally, until the seeds are fragrant and begin making little popping sounds.
  • Immediately pour the seeds into a dry, clean bowl to cool and stir in the sea salt. Allow to cool completely before proceeding.
  • Use kitchen shears or clean, dry scissors to cut the nori into 1-inch strips. Stack the strips and cut cross-wise into very thin strips over the bowl of sesame seeds.
  • Use the kitchen shears again to roughly cut up the bonito flakes.
  • Add the sugar (if using) and stir all ingredients together, then transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • This is ready to use immediately but can be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight for up to two months.


Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 21mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.7mg