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.
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.
- 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)
- In a large pot, boil water over high heat
- Add rice
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer rice until cooked and water is absorbed (~15-20 min)
- Remove from heat
- Fluff rice with fork
- Add mirin and seaweed
- Mix well
- Serve warm with sesame seeds sprinkled on top