Come mealtimes, we Filipinos are notorious for our every-ready supply of condiments. Whether it is to add a tangy kick or a little saltiness to enhance the taste, you can be sure no meal is complete without it. Now, say hello to the newest item in your pantry; furikake seasonings. It is a handy way to spruce up your ulam just by dusting them on top.
Furikake is a pre-made seasoning blend with ingredients ranging from seaweed to salmon. You'll find that you can use them just about anywhere you need more flavor from plain rice to pasta dishes. In this article, we will guide you through the varieties of furikake seasoning and our chosen products. There is even a sushi bake recipe for you to try!
Furikake is a ready-made Japanese spice blend made of sesame seeds, dried seaweed, spices, and even some bonito flakes. It was originally used as a solution to address calcium deficiency.
It initially contained ground fish bones, sesame, and poppy seeds where it was designed to be sprinkled on top of rice. And just as fitting, as furikake also means to sprinkle over.
It had also made its way as sustenance for Japanese soldiers during the war. And it had since expanded to different flavors. Aside from Japan, it is also widely used in Hawaii where it can be sprinkled nearly everywhere from Spam musubi to popcorn!
It is a simple yet tasty way to add a little more oomph to fried rice, broths, or even that sushi bake as you can simply dust it on where you need more boost of flavor.
When it comes to food, there is no right or wrong answer. However, it is helpful to know the different varieties of furikake seasoning, so you are able to have an idea of how they taste and what they are best paired with. Read on below to find out what they are and the rest is entirely on your taste!
Furikake seasonings aren’t one-size-fits-all. It is not as uniform as say, salt, and pepper. What’s great about them is that you could select the contents of your seasoning depending on your preference!
Of all the elements in Japanese seasonings, nori is probably one that is the most recognized. It is made of dried seaweed, which lends a rather briny and umami flavor to your dish. Some variations also include bonito flakes and sesame seeds, which is what usually comes to mind when referring to furikake seasoning.
It is compatible with most dishes, as it does not have an overpowering taste, making it an all-purpose seasoning as you can use it from rice to pasta dishes!
If you’re not sure about where to start with furikake seasonings, then you can’t go wrong with nori or its other variations of noritama, which includes powdered egg if you want a bit more oomph.
For the truly adventurous foodie at heart, try the wasabi furikake. Its prominent ingredient is dried wasabi or horseradish and it provides a satisfying kick to your taste buds.
Its spice is different than that of chili peppers as it is rather fleeting. And it does not linger on the tongue but rather, releases through your nose.
This makes for a great condiment in clearing up your sinuses. Why not add it to broth when you have a cold or pair it with fish to cut through the lansa.
If you want to add a richer flavor to your dishes, then try going for salmon furikake. It consists of dried flakes of salmon along with dried seaweed or wakame.
This results in a deeper and more umami taste, great for dishes that require a little more boost. Just be mindful of how much you put in, you wouldn’t want it to become too tasty.
Made from dried roe or the egg masses of codfish or Pollack and dried green tea powder, tarako furikake is an excellent accompaniment to plain rice.
But, if you want to really take things to the next level, you could use tarako furikake on pasta! The seasoning provides a rather salty and slightly fishy flavor to brighten up your pasta or even enhance your sushi bake!
For those who want a more prominent meat flavor, then you might want to try yakiniku furikake. Yakiniku means grilled meat or simply put, barbecue.
It is great for pairing with meat dishes, especially if you don’t have a lot of beef at home as it can enhance the taste. There are even chicken variations of this type for those who want a lighter flavor.
This type of seasoning is ideal for pairing with rich and heavy dishes. Made from shiso or perilla leaves, its taste bears resemblance to mint leaves, which can offset the linamnam of your ulam. It can also be paired with onigiri as shiso is often used to cover its outer part.
On the other hand, umeboshi is made from plum, which is noted for its acidic and tart taste. Together, with shisho, both are great ingredients to balance out any heavy dish.
Like with any seasoning, you want to consider how much you use and how often you use them. This aids you in picking out which type of packaging is best for you. This way, you would get to avoid having your spices taste lipas.
If you’re the type who consumes a lot of seasoning or have a business, then you would benefit from using those that come in packets.
This means less material is needed for the packaging, so it will be more affordable. A packet also makes for convenient bulk purchases, as you can easily buy lots of them without having to worry about storage space.
However, the downside is you would need to be careful when dispensing the seasoning otherwise you could spill a lot. And the product is at risk of spilling if not sealed properly.
A glass container makes for a handy way to sprinkle the seasoning. This way, you are less likely to pour too much. You also don’t have to worry about it accidentally spilling.
One drawback of glass containers is it is bulkier than packets, which makes it difficult to stock up on them.
Tasty as these seasonings maybe, some but not all, are notorious for containing MSG, which is not beneficial in large servings. It is also the reason why these are so irresistible!
Do take note of the serving size of these seasonings, which is about 30 calories per 9 grams. And resist the urge to serve them by the spoonful onto your plate.
We know the struggles of finding Japanese supplies as we have to look for specialty stores that carry them. Our top 10 furikake seasonings won't require you to step out of the house. You can certainly shop for them in the comfort of your own home!
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Flavor||Fish Powder, Bonito, Laver and Egg, Bonito and Laver, Cod Roe, Salmon|
|Net Weight||75 g, 2.5 per Packet|
|Calories||Fish Powder - 9.5 kcal, Bonito - 10 kcal, Laver and Egg - 9.5 kcal, Bonito and Laver - 10.1 kcal, Salmon - 10 kcal, Cod - 9.5 kcal per 2.5 g|
|Flavor||Nori and Egg|
|Net Weight||58 g|
|Calories||11 kcal per 2.5 g|
|Net Weight||28 g, 30 g|
|Net Weight||22 g|
|Net Weight||22 g|
|Calories||103 kcal per package|
|Net Weight||28 g, 30 g|
|Flavor||Plum and Red Perilla|
|Net Weight||33 g|
|Calories||9.2 kcal per 3 g|
|Net Weight||85 g|
|Calories||350 kcal per 100 g|
|Net Weight||22 g|
|Net Weight||125 g|
Salmon Furikake With DHA
Mix Type Radish Leaf and Umeboshi Plum Red Perilla Rice Seasoning
Mentaiko Tarako Furikake
Classic Chicken Furikake
A Complete Variety of Furikake to Choose From
Great Flavor and Well-Balanced Taste
Furikake Seasoning That's Easy on Your Taste Buds
An Instant, Tender, and Flaky Salmon Fix
Level Up Plain Rice With Unagi's Umami Taste
Add Zing to Your Meals With Wasabi
Tangy and Minty Flavors to Balance Your Palate
Subtly Spice Up Your Dishes With Cod Roe
Savor Barbecue At Home With a Few Dashes
A Classic Chicken Seasoning to Easily Enhance Dishes
|Price Starts at||₱199||₱149||₱89||₱90||₱99||₱79||₱120||₱299||₱128||₱290|
|Flavor||Fish Powder, Bonito, Laver and Egg, Bonito and Laver, Cod Roe, Salmon||Nori and Egg||Bonito||Salmon||Eel||Wasabi||Plum and Red Perilla||Fish Roe||Barbecue||Chicken, Spicy|
|Packaging||Mini Packet||Packet||Packet||Packet||Packet||Packet||Packet||Glass Bottle||Packet||Plastic Bottle|
|Net Weight||75 g, 2.5 per Packet||58 g||28 g, 30 g||22 g||22 g||28 g, 30 g||33 g||85 g||22 g||125 g|
|Calories||Fish Powder - 9.5 kcal, Bonito - 10 kcal, Laver and Egg - 9.5 kcal, Bonito and Laver - 10.1 kcal, Salmon - 10 kcal, Cod - 9.5 kcal per 2.5 g||11 kcal per 2.5 g||145 kcal||-||103 kcal per package||116 kcal||9.2 kcal per 3 g||350 kcal per 100 g||-||-|
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Do your dishes need a little spicing up? That can easily be remedied by adding some furikake seasoning. It elevates your dishes by adding just the right hint of flavor. And the good news is, you have plenty to choose from, depending on your taste.
Now you can easily upgrade your meals from plain rice to pasta with just a few sprinkles! Talk about a finishing touch! Just remember to consume them in moderation. Happy eating!
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