Furikake Fries

Furikake Fries


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Unleash the Unique Umami Flavor of Furikake Fries

Furikake fries are a delicious Asian twist on classic french fries. These fries are seasoned with furikake, a Japanese seasoning blend that contains seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, salt, and other spices. The result is a savory, umami-packed flavor that is sure to impress your taste buds. In this article, we'll show you how to make furikake fries at home, explore the origins of this delicious dish, and recommend some nearby options for those who want to try it without cooking.

If you're not familiar with furikake seasoning, it's a dry Japanese seasoning that's typically sprinkled on top of rice. The word furikake literally means "sprinkle over" in Japanese. Furikake seasoning comes in a variety of flavors and is widely used in Japanese cuisine.

What Are Furikake Fries and Why Are They So Popular?

Furikake fries are a popular Japanese-American snack food that has recently gained popularity in the United States, especially in Hawaii where there is a large Japanese population. Crispy fries are coated with furikake seasoning, and the result is a deliciously savory and salty flavor that is perfect for french fries. The popularity of furikake fries has skyrocketed in recent years, and for good reason. This unique and delicious Asian-American fusion of classic french fries offers a burst of flavor that is different from anything you've ever tasted. Plus, it's super simple to make at home and is a great way to introduce yourself to Japanese cuisine.

Japanese Furikake Fries: Exploring the Origins

In Japan, furikake seasoning is commonly used on rice, but it's not typically used on french fries. However, the popularity of furikake seasoning has inspired chefs and bored people at home (thanks to the virus) to experiment with using it on other foods. Today, you can find furikake seasoning on everything from popcorn to avocado toast.

Furikake Fries Sauce: The Perfect Addition

While furikake seasoning is delicious on its own, adding a sauce can take your furikake fries to the next level. Some popular sauces to serve with furikake fries include sriracha mayo, soy sauce, and teriyaki sauce. You can also try making a spicy aioli or a sweet and spicy glaze to complement the umami flavor of the furikake seasoning.

Furikake French Fries: The Best Way to Make Them at Home

Making furikake fries at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients. To make the fries, start by cutting potatoes (try Japanese Yams if you haven’t already) into thin strips and fry them until crispy. Once the fries are cooked, sprinkle furikake seasoning on top and toss them to distribute the seasoning evenly. Serve the furikake fries hot and enjoy! If you are more in the mood for something simple try this quick recipe at home.

How to: Furikake Fries Recipe

Making furikake fries at home is surprisingly easy. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of french fries
  • 1-2 tablespoons of furikake seasoning
  • Cooking oil or beef tallow (+)
  • Salt
  • Optional: Honey, Fish Sauce/Sauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven or air fryer to 425°F.
  2. Arrange your french fries on a baking sheet and toss them with a tablespoon of cooking oil.
  3. Sprinkle the furikake seasoning on the fries and toss again to ensure that the seasoning is evenly distributed.
  4. Bake the fries in the preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Remove the fries from the oven and sprinkle them with more furikake before serving.
  6. OPTIONAL: Toss the fries with honey and your favorite sauce before sprinkling furikake on top for that extra boost. 
  7. Dip or top with your favorite sauce for an epic combo - we love spicy mayo or checkout Bachans.

For other variations, check out a popular recipe by Nadiya Hussain for her furikake fries.

A Twist on Classic Fries: Garlic Furikake Fries

For another twist to this recipe - try this version with wasabi mayo and garlic butter by Luria & Co. Delicious!

Where to Try Furikake Fries

If you're not up for making furikake fries at home, there may be local restaurants where you can try them out. Search in your area “furikake fries near me” or look for local Japanese, Hawaiian, and asian fusion restaurants. If you find one you’d like to recommend make sure to let us know so we can add it to our directory.

It is also a popular item in the UK. Try the The Yo! Fries at Yo Sushi.

Conclusion

Furikake fries are a delicious and unique take on classic french fries, and they're a great way to introduce yourself to Japanese cuisine. The savory and umami-packed flavor of furikake seasoning is a perfect complement to crispy fries, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy them, whether you're making them at home or trying them out at a restaurant. So go ahead, give them a try, and take your taste buds on a flavorful journey to unleash the unique umami flavor of furikake fries in no time. 

*image credits Luria and Co.

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