Ditch the seaweed sheets and unlock a universe of flavor! Seaweed granules – the secret ingredient you never knew you needed. From salads to soups, snacks to main dishes, the possibilities are as vast as the ocean itself. Get ready to elevate your everyday meals with these simple and delicious recipes.
What Are Seaweed Granules?
Seaweed granules are finely ground seaweed particles resembling coarse salt. Similar to seaweed flakes, they have a highly concentrated flavor. However, granules are more dry and powdery, easily dissolving in liquids or blending into dishes. Flakes give more texture and are better used as toppings over salads or rice dishes, whereas granules are perfect for blending into soups, broths, and sauces without adding extra texture. Think of granules as concentrated flavor bombs, perfect for subtle infusion.
Both seaweed granules and flakes offer a way to bring the ocean's flavor and nutrients into your kitchen. The choice between granules and flakes depends on the desired texture and the specific culinary use in a recipe.
Now, let's explore three different recipes, each featuring a different seaweed granule!
How To Use Seaweed Granules
1. Dulse-Infused Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa, cooked
2 tablespoons dulse granules
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Fresh parsley, chopped
Olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste
Combine the cooked quinoa with dulse granules and toss in the fresh vegetables. Add crumbled feta and a generous sprinkle of fresh parsley. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper. Mix well and enjoy this refreshing and nutrient-packed quinoa salad.
2. Wakame Miso Soup with Tofu
4 cups dashi broth
2 tablespoons wakame granules
3 tablespoons miso paste
1 cup tofu, cubed
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Sesame oil for garnish
Prepare dashi broth and bring it to a simmer. Add wakame granules and let them rehydrate. In a separate bowl, dissolve miso paste in a small amount of broth, then add it to the soup. Add tofu, green onions, and soy sauce. Simmer gently until the tofu is heated through. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil before serving this comforting wakame miso soup.
3. Nori Avocado Toast with Lemon Zest
2 slices whole-grain bread, toasted
1 avocado, mashed
2 tablespoons nori granules
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and black pepper to taste
Spread mashed avocado on toasted bread slices. Sprinkle nori granules evenly over the avocado. Top with lemon zest, a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat, and season with salt and black pepper. This nori avocado toast is a delightful, nutrient-rich twist on a classic breakfast favorite.
Feel free to adjust the recipes based on personal preferences and dietary considerations. Enjoy your exploration of the culinary wonders of seaweed granules!