How to make your own furikake at home [shrimp & bonito flavor recipe!]

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  August 17, 2022

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When it comes to Japanese seasoning, furikake is the one you should try next!

If you like to sprinkle flavorful condiments on your rice, vegetables, meat, or seafood, then this umami-flavored seasoning is sure to please.

It’s so flavorful, people eat their steamed rice just with some furikake on top. So let’s try making this, shall we?

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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.

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Homemade Furikake recipe

Joost Nusselder
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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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dried shrimp
  • ¼ cup bonito flakes
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried seaweed
  • 1 tbsp dried salmon or anchovies
  • soy sauce optional to taste

Instructions
 

  • Take a dry frying pan and put it over high heat
  • When the pan is properly heated, put the sesame seeds and toast until they produce a bit of smoke and a roasted aroma (say about 1 minute).
    When the pan is properly heated, put the sesame seeds and toast until they produce a bit of smoke and a roasted aroma
  • Transfer the roasted sesame seeds into a bowl.
    Transfer the roasted sesame seeds into a bowl
  • Take the seaweed and crumble it into the bowl of roasted sesame seeds. If your seaweed isn’t crusty and crisp, toast it for about 30 seconds over the frying pan. Make sure that you don’t burn it.
    Take the seaweed and crumble it into the bowl of roasted sesame seeds
  • Now, into the bowl, sprinkle bonito flakes, dried shrimps, and dried salmon (or anchovies – whatever you have or like).
    Now, into the bowl, sprinkle bonito flakes, dried shrimps, and dried salmon (or anchovies – whatever you have or like
  • Toss it well so the mixture forms well.
    Toss it well so the mixture forms well
  • Next, season the mixture with sugar and salt. You can reduce or increase the quantity of both sugar and salt according to your requirements. If you want, you can also add a few drops of soy sauce for an additional tangy flavor.
    Next, season the mixture with sugar and salt. You can reduce or increase the quantity of both sugar and salt according to your requirements
  • Transfer the mixture into an airtight jar. This will keep the flavor intact for a month or two. I would recommend that you use it within a month of preparation to avoid any contamination.
    Transfer the mixture into an airtight jar. This will keep the flavor intact for a month or two

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Notes

Note: The quantity of ingredients is only for a few servings. I recommend that you start with the given quantities so that you get the idea of how much you need when you are preparing more quantity.
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My favorite ingredient to use is:

Kaneso Tokuyou Hanakatsuo , Dried Bonito Flakes

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Additional ingredients you can add

When it comes to Japanese seasoning furikake is great because it is customizable to suit your tastes. You can take out or add in whatever other condiments you want. It’s more than a simple rice seasoning.

Not sure what to add? Check out this shortlist and maybe you’ll feel inspired to take your furikake seasoning mix to the next level.

You can, of course, use other ingredients too but these ones are traditional Japanese ones.

Are you too busy to make your own? Find out the best furikake brands to buy here.

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How do you use furikake?

Originally, furikake was mainly used as a seasoning for rice dishes.

But these days, you’ll see furikake used as a topping on all kinds of foods. Japanese people are quite creative in the kitchen.

Here are some ways you can use furikake:

Honestly, you can sprinkle this on your favorite comfort food or dish to make it tastier.

How about trying it on the ultimate comfort food: Zosui Japanese rice soup

Takeaway

Next time you make rice balls, onigiri, or you feel like your food tastes a bit bland, take some furikake seasoning and sprinkle it on top. You’ll be surprised by the salty and fishy flavor that doesn’t overpower the food but adds a pleasant crunch.

Since this rice seasoning is available online and in most Asian grocery stores, you should have no problem finding it and I promise you’ll love it.

You can even use it as a topping for your popcorn for movie night! Don’t be afraid to experiment with this versatile seasoning.

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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.