Japanese Seaweed Rice

One of my favorite ways to jazz up this traditional plain white rice, is by turning into Japanese Seaweed Rice. Rice is a must have side dish for many asian dishes. If you’re familiar with how to cook rice, you’ll know that it’s a simple process with no fancy rice cooker needed.

Japanese Seaweed Rice - Easy recipe for how to cook Japanese rice. This Asian side dish is perfect for all your Asian cooking Japanese Seaweed Rice - Easy recipe for how to cook Japanese rice. This Asian side dish is perfect for all your Asian cooking

Japanese Seaweed Rice - Easy recipe for how to cook Japanese rice. This Asian side dish is perfect for all your Asian cooking

This Japanese rice just takes an extra 1-2 minutes of your time, but it adds so much flavor. The mirin makes the rice sweet and the chopped seaweed adds a savory umami flavor. It’s the perfect Japanese side dish and great with tonkatsu, chicken teriyaki, or other Asian grilled meats.

Japanese Seaweed Rice - Easy recipe for how to cook Japanese rice. This Asian side dish is perfect for all your Asian cooking

Japanese Seaweed Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Japanese Seaweed Rice

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups water
  • 2 cups of white rice, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2-4 tbsp of seaweed, chopped into strips
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, boil water over high heat
  2. Add rice
  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer rice until cooked and water is absorbed (~15-20 min)
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Fluff rice with fork
  6. Add mirin and seaweed
  7. Mix well
  8. Serve warm with sesame seeds sprinkled on top
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Japanese Seaweed Rice - Easy recipe for how to cook Japanese rice. This Asian side dish is perfect for all your Asian cooking