Quick Seaweed Snack Recipe

I LOVE seaweed salad and have no clue how they make it at restaurants. I hear they actually ship it in pre-made, so who on Earth is making it? There are a million recipes online, but none of them seem quite right. And if you see one that uses soy sauce DON’T DO IT! It’ll be terrible. And if it involves sesame oil, don’t do that either; it overwhelms the dish. Through trial and error I found a nice, super simple way to make seaweed salad that’s comparable to the one they sell in stores and in restaurants. I’m still experimenting with it a little, but here it is.


2 Servings

1/2 bag of dried wakame – you can find this at Whole Foods in bags
Rice Vinegar – I use Nakano brand from Wegmans which actually says “Gluten Free” in the ingredients


  1. Fill a large, wide bowl with warm water and put half of the dried wakame in the water, spreading it out a little with your fingers. Leave the wakame to rehydrate for 5 minutes. If you like your seaweed on the softer side, I suggest boiling it instead. After the five minutes is up, drain the wakame and run cool water over it.
  2. Cut the wakame down, eliminating any hard stems, to bite sized pieces.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the rice vinegar and sugar together in 2:1 ratios. You can start with 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, then dip a piece of wakame in it and taste to see if you like it first. If you do, you can increase the amount to 1 cup rice vinegar and 1/2 cup sugar.
  4. Marinate wakame overnight in rice vinegar/sugar mixture.
  5. Drain well before serving.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ann on March 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I can’t use refined sugar or Aspartame. What can I substitute?
    It’s been three years since this posting so maybe you have a few tweaks since then.


    • Thanks for your comment! It can be tricky to substitute something else for refined sugar/sugar replacement in a recipe like this because the sweetener must completely dissolve and not have too much of its own taste. Can you have coconut sugar or date sugar? Those would probably work just as well as refined sugar. Something like maple syrup would change the taste, and I assumed you can’t have agave or stevia either. Would you be able to do any of my suggestions? The last resort could be a touch of some sort of sweet juice like pear or pineapple juice, but that will definitely change the flavor too.

      Would you be able to use any of my suggestions?


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