Furikake is a Japanese condiment that can be sprinkled on foods for a hit of umami, crunch, and saltiness. Furikake and its precursors were developed to help address calcium deficiencies and malnourishment in the Japanese population. The original recipes were made of ground fish bones, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and seaweed.

These days, there are tons of varieties of furikake that can be purchased online or in your local Japanese grocery store. Modern versions tend to include dried seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, and salt, but they can also include egg, perilla leaf, wasabi and dried fish.

Some furikake includes soy sauce or gluten-containing miso powder in their recipe, so make sure you read labels closely!


JFC International is a common brand of furikake distributed within the US. Japan Centre offers a large variety of this seasoning that you can order online as well.


Furikake Recipes:

Furikake is very quite easy to make at home, and homemade is often cheaper and more fresh.


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