How to Toast Seaweed

by Devra Gartenstein

Toasted nori is traditional in sushi dishes.

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Toasting nori seaweed makes it more flavorful as well as less brittle so you can more easily roll it into sushi rolls. Most Asian grocery stores sell both toasted and untoasted packages of sheets of nori. Your nori will taste fresher if you toast it yourself. The process is extremely easy and it only takes a stovetop, a sheet of nori and a couple of seconds. You can also season nori and roast it in the oven for a tasty, healthy snack.

Stovetop Toasting

Heat one of the burners on your stove to medium if it is electric, or light a medium flame if you have a gas stove.

Hold a sheet of nori about a foot above the burner. Use tongs if it is too hot.

Remove the nori after a few seconds, as soon as it turns a rich, green color.

Seasoned Toasted Nori

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut several sheets of nori into strips using kitchen shears.

Mix 1 tbsp. of wasabi horseradish powder with 2 tbsp. of water and a pinch of salt.

Brush the wasabi mixture on the nori strips using a pastry brush.

Arrange the nori strips on a baking sheet.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the nori strips just turn brittle and green.

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About the Author

Devra Gartenstein is a self-taught professional cook who has authored two cookbooks: "The Accidental Vegan", and "Local Bounty: Seasonal Vegan Recipes". She founded Patty Pan Cooperative, Seattle's oldest farmers market concession, and teaches regular cooking classes.