How Much Furikake To Use In Rice: The Perfect Ratio

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  August 19, 2022

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Do you love Furikake at restaurants?

If you’re like me, the answer is a resounding yes! But how much was on the rice again, or in the rice for onigiri rice balls?

That’s a question many people have asked, and today I’m going to give you the answer to the perfect ratio for using it in your rice dishes.

How much furikake on rice

How much furikake should I use on top of rice?

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A good rule of thumb is to start with about 1 tablespoon of furikake per cup of cooked rice. From there, you can adjust to your taste. If you want a stronger flavor, add a bit more. If you want it to be more subtle, use less.

A person will eat about 1 cup of rice in a full meal, so having enough for 1 tablespoon of furikake per person is a good estimate.

What is the best way to use furikake on rice?

One way is to mix it into the rice while it’s still hot. This will give the rice a more even flavor throughout.

The traditional way to use furikake on rice is to sprinkle it on top of the rice after it’s been cooked, it looks great and you can control how much furikake you eat per spoonful. Furikake means “to sprinkle on top”, so that’s literally what you should do.

How much furikake is in onigiri?

With onigiri, the furikake is mixed in with the rice. There are a lot of flavors going on inside of these rice balls, so 1 tsp of furikake per cup of rice is enough to make it perfect.

Also read: this is how you make the most delicious onigiri

How much furikake is too much?

I don’t think there is such a thing as too much furikake, but some people might disagree with me. If you’re eating rice for every meal, you might want to cut back on the furikake so you don’t get sick of it. But if you’re like me and enjoy it a few times a week, then go for it!

Also read: what’s the lead warning on furikake for?

Conclusion

So there you have it, the perfect ratio for using furikake in your rice dishes. Whether you’re eating onigiri or just plain rice, 1 tablespoon per cup of cooked rice is a good place to start. And don’t forget, you can always adjust to your taste.

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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.