Furikake is dried seasoning that comes in a variety of flavors.

Furikake is dried seasoning that comes in a variety of flavors.

When I was dining recently at The Dock at Linden Street, the casual brewpub by Chef James Shyabout, I tried an appetizer that included pickled cucumbers with avocado, sprinkled with furikake.

Furikake is the Japanese dried seasoning that is used often to dress up rice. But Shyabout’s furikake cucumber sunomono salad made me look at furikake in a new way. So I decided to do something similar, but instead of a cucumber salad, I made guacamole, sweetened a bit with fresh summer corn.

This is a super simple recipe and it’s a unique way to introduce furikake to friends at a summer picnic or backyard party. Furikake comes in a variety of flavors, and I like to buy this one particular one called “Seto Fumi Furikake,” mostly because my last name is actually in the name of the furikake!

You can find furikake, often sold in plastic jars, in Japanese specialty stores (such as Nijiya Market) or in the Japanese aisle of Asian grocery stores such as 99 Ranch. (It’ll probably be in the same area where you find nori, or dried seaweed.)

So next time you need a guacamole, sprinkle some furikake on top to take it to another level. Enjoy!

My furikake guac

My furikake guac

Furikake Guac with Summer Corn
Makes two to three servings

Ingredients
3 ripe avocados
1 white corn, kernels removed
1/2 red onion, finely diced
juice from 1 lime
Furikake for sprinkling

Remove avocado pits and scoop flesh into a bowl and then mash the avocado with the back of a wooden spoon. Add lime juice, red onion and corn, and blend well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Right before serving, sprinkle with furikake. Serve with chips.

I served my furikake guac with some root vegetable chips such as sweet potato and taro.

I served my furikake guac with some root vegetable chips such as sweet potato and taro.

Quick and simple guacamole for summer

Quick and simple guacamole for summer

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6 Responses to Summer Guacamole: My Furikake Guac Recipe

  1. Row says:

    Yummy recipe! I recently picked up a couple of packages of furikake (egg and salmon) and have been sprinkling it on rice as a snack. I think the furikake guac will be a much healthier alternative to the rice combo. 🙂

    • Ben Ben says:

      Mmm, never tried the egg and salmon version. Do you really like it? I worry it might be too fishy. 😉

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    I am totally going to try that. You have me so intrigued by this. I bet it is wonderful with that extra kick and umami punch.

  3. Cynthia says:

    OMG what a great idea! This sounds and looks amazing!

  4. Sandy says:

    Haha, I will have to try my wasabi furikake on guacamole now!