When it comes to sushi, one of the best parts of any maki roll is always that crispy, salty bed of nori (a.k.a. seaweed) that the rice and fish come wrapped in. And don’t even get us started on our love of seaweed salad, that crunchy, vinegary side dish that’s often served up at the same Japanese restaurants where we usually get our sushi fix.
But there are many other ways to enjoy seaweed that don’t even involve sushi. And considering the stuff has so many health benefits (it has tons of minerals and more vitamin C than oranges), there are plenty of reasons to eat it on the regular.
Here, we’ve cobbled together some of our favourite recipes from around the web.
13 delicious ways to eat seaweed (besides sushi)
Rolled OmeletSweet, fried eggs pair with salty nori to create this easy-as-heck omelet that you can whip up in just under 10 minutes. It’s perfect for breakfast, as an appetizer or even just as a quick, little snack.
GET THE RECIPEKitchen Bowl
Seaweed PestoWe’ve seen lots of basil substitutes for pesto in our time: avocado, spinach… even broccoli. But seaweed? You bet. Soaked wakame instantly translates into a fun seaweed pesto alternative that would instantly become the talk of your next summer potluck.
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Sesame Seaweed Beetroot CrackersThese crackers are just as fun to eat as they are pretty to look at. Although they take a long time in the oven, the prep itself takes mere minutes. Plus, they’re loaded with good-for-you superfoods that work with the seaweed so that it isn’t overpowering. Serve with some fresh hummus or a Greek yogurt dip.
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Savoury Seaweed SeasoningThis simple seasoning is so genius yet so easy, and it deserves to be on everything. Toss it into your next dish when you need a salty and savoury boost, sprinkle it on meats or veggies as a finishing touch or top your next bowl of popcorn with this stuff instead of regular old salt. It’s that good.
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Seaweed Crunch Avocado SandwichUntil we stumbled across this recipe, we’d never even considered putting seaweed in a sandwich. Not only does it add a boost of superfood crunch to your traditional sammy, but this is one vegan offering that’s sure to fill you up.
GET THE RECIPEOlives & Garlic
Miso Soup Breakfast BowlMiso soup for breakfast? Yes please. Soaked wakame combines with rice, tofu and eggs to create a hearty morning dish that’s guaranteed to snap you out of your breakfast rut.
GET THE RECIPEJeanette’s Healthy Living
Seaweed Salad Soba BowlPacked full of nutrients, this bowl easily transforms your standard seaweed salad into the star of your meal. The tangy dressing makes it perfect for a summer lunch or a versatile dinner, one that’s sure to impress any umami-loving guests.
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Sesame Ramen with Roasted Tempeh and SeaweedRamen, tempeh and seaweed combine with a sweet and sour broth that’s out of this world in this vegan dish. Make extra, because you’ll definitely want more of this hearty meal for lunch the next day.
GET THE RECIPEDivine Healthy Food
Tuna Tartare with Nori ChipsThis recipe combines all of our favourite things: sriracha, crispy nori and tuna in a sushi-inspired appetizer that’s elegant and easy to make. Although, we’d eat these nori chips all on their own – they’re that good.
GET THE RECIPEA Beautiful Plate
Shrimp Burger With Wakame SlawBold Asian flavours like lemongrass, ginger and cilantro elevate this “burger” to the next level, while the shrimp and seaweed base make for an elegant beef alternative that’s sure to impress.
GET THE RECIPEThe Kitchy Kitchen
Veggie Slim JimsNori serves as the skin to these seed and veggie-filled alternative meat sticks. This recipe calls for a dehydrator, but you can totally set your oven to a low temperature for an extended period of time to get the same results.
GET THE RECIPEFlo & Grace
Terimayo Japanese Hot DogsIt sounds crazy, but toasted nori on a hot dog is ridiculously delicious. Like, you’ll wish that you had thought of it sooner. Here it’s coupled with a few other key toppings, like teriyaki sauce and mayo to create a crazy good concoction.
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Green Soup with Nori GranolaWhat’s better than a thick broccoli soup to warm you up on a cold winter night? One that’s topped with a salty nori granola, of course. Actually, this granola is so good, you’ll have a hard time stopping yourself from just eating handfuls of it.
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