4 Best Recipes For Furikake: Add A Little Crunch And Saltiness

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Furikake is delicious and nutritious, but did you know there are hundreds of ways of making it?

Each recipe gives its unique flavor profile to the dish you season it with.

In this article, I’ve taken the best recipes for furikake from our vault so you have a few options to try out, next time you’re making it.

Best recipes for furikake

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Best 4 recipes for furikake

Homemade Furikake

Homemade Furikake recipe
This furikake recipe makes the ingredients into a delicious and aromatic seasoning. It will add flavor to your plain rice and can also transform any food into something fun and delicious. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
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How to make your own furikake at home shrimp & bonito flavor recipe image

There are plenty of recipes when it comes to making a furikake recipe. As you can see, furikake seasoning is simply a combination of different flavors and ingredients.

So, you can personalize your furikake with the ingredients you prefer and like and give it a tasty, salty, sour, or spicy flavor.

Now let’s talk about how to make furikake at home. My version of homemade furikake seasoning includes a medley of ingredients, such as leftover bonito flakes (katsuobushi), roasted seaweed, sesame seeds, and more.

Shiso Furikake For Sushi

Shiso Furikake For Sushi
The colors and flavor of the shiso go so well with the delicateness of sushi, it gives a deep extra layer of saltiness and umami to your rolls.
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Furikake for sushi recipe

This is the most common type used on sushi. It has a distinct red and purple color and a strong shiso flavor.

Shiso is an aromatic Japanese herb that has a unique and pungent flavor. Some describe it as a cross between mint and basil, while others say it tastes more like cilantro. It’s often used in sushi rolls and onigiri rice balls.

This furikake also contains sesame seeds and seaweed for a nutty and savory flavor. It’s the perfect topping for nigiri sushi, since it doesn’t overpower the delicate fish flavor.

Vegan/ Vegetarian Furikake

Vegan/ Vegetarian Furikake Recipe
Furikake would normally use dried fish and bonito flakes to get a lot of the flavor, but with this recipe you can be sure it is a vegan-friendly way to add flavor to your dishes.
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Vegan vegetarian furikake recipe

Furikake is not vegan or vegetarian because this seasoning usually contains bonito flakes and other dried fish to get a strong, fishy, salty, and umami-rich flavor.

If you want to make it vegan, though, you can use nori and shiitake instead of bonito flakes and fried fish, and some specialty brands make vegan versions.

I’ll help you get a great flavor for your dish, even when it’s a great vegan alternative.

Keto-Friendly Furikake

Keto-Friendly Furikake Recipe
Normally, furikake is quite high in sugar, so we're going to fix that, and we're not going to use any substitutes like miso or shiitake either.
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Keto-friendly furikake recipe

Furikake could be very keto-friendly. This Japanese seasoning is made with a mix of dried fish, sesame seeds, seaweed, and salt – all of which are low in carbs and high in healthy fats, but it is high in sugar so you should use or make some that is not.

But all of the other ingredients make furikake an excellent choice for those on a ketogenic diet.

Let’s make it ketogenic approved in this amazing recipe.

Best recipes to make furikake

3 Best Recipes For Furikake

Joost Nusselder
Furikake as a base is great to add saltiness and crunch to a dish, but adding different flavor profiles to it will really up your game. These are the best recipes for making furikake.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup bonito flakes
  • 3 tbsp white sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 tbsp nori dried seaweed


  • Mix all of the ingredients (except the sugar and salt) together into a fine mix. Make sure the nori is cut up very finely. If your sesame seeds aren't toasted yet, you can toast them in a frying pan with a little oil for 1 minute.
  • Add the sugar and salt a little at a time and taste if it's to your liking.
  • Use the mixture immediately, or transfer it to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to a month.
  • Add any extra ingredient like salmon flakes, shiso leaves, or wasabi to give it a unique flavor.


Keyword Furikake
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If you’re in the mood for making furikake, why not try one of these delicious variations!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.