All About Wakame: The Oceanic Delight

Wakame is a type of seaweed that is used in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines. It not only tastes delicious but also is extremely healthy. Read on to learn more about this tasty ocean ingredient. 

History of Wakame

Wakame as a plant has been known to exist for about a billion years. As a culinary ingredient, residues of wakame were found in clay pots in Japan from around 3,000 BC. Today it is enjoyed by many people all over the world for its briny, saline quality reminiscent of the sea. 

Appearance Of Wakame

Wakame is dark green in color. It is long in size and looks a little like noodles. Dried wakame may be sold in flat squares or in long thin ribbons. 

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Flavor Of Wakame

Being a seaweed, wakame does taste like the ocean. In addition to that, it has a sweet and salty flavor to it. It is often used in miso soups and salads. 

Culinary Benefits Of Wakame

The most common dish that is made with wakame is a salad. You can make a wakame and cucumber salad by adding some rice vinegar, sugar, and you can even add other raw vegetables to it. Take a look at some of our best salad recipes, and add some wakame for a sweet yet salty flavor.

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You can also make some wakame brown rice to add extra nutrients to regular rice. This will keep you full for hours. Simply add shredded wakame that has been reconstituted in hot water. 

If you are looking for a hearty soup on a rainy day we’ve got you! Add some wakame, sliced ginger, white pepper, spring onions, chicken stock, and water, and enjoy this delicious and healthy wakame soup. You can also try your hand at some Miso soup!

Another good option is to add some wakame to your ramen to give it an extra boost of flavor and nutrients. You can add wakame to nearly any stew to infuse it with additional flavor. Try adding it to your next batch of chicken soup. Or try making a pumpkin cabbage chicken stew and add wakame to it. Not only will it bring a nice color to your dish but also will taste heavenly! You can add some Wakame to this delicious Japanese Curry dish for a wholesome meal.

If you want to prepare a vegan dish with wakame you can make some vegan fried tofu cakes with wakame, green beans, corn, tofu, ginger, spring onions, carrots, pepper, black fungus, edamame beans, and some black soy sauce. Bring all of these ingredients together and you can either deep-fry or pan-fry this dish. It is a delicious snack recipe that you have to try!

Storing Wakame

Dried wakame can be stored in an airtight bag in the pantry for at least a year. Dried wakame is a good option because it hardly goes bad and can be utilized in a variety of ways. 

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