View Full Version : Wakame - now what?
02-05-2008, 09:28 PM
So my diet is seriously lacking in sea vegetables. I have never really liked them that much - I even need a very spicy pate to cover up the nori taste in nori rolls. So I decided to get over it and bought a bag of dried wakame. Wow. So I need some help with any wakame recipes you can spare! Any ideas?
02-06-2008, 06:09 AM
You can soak wakame in warm water until it is soft, then add it to salads.
You can use it to make yummy miso soup.
I often use sea veggies instead of salt in blended savory recipes.
02-06-2008, 06:27 AM
i like wakame with diced cucumbers tossed with ACV, agave, and a dash of salt. also in miso soup with grated ginger, garlic, scallions shitake mushrooms and bok choy. yummy.
if you don't like the texture of wakame, use the soak water for raw soups. you can also do this with another seaweed called kombu that the japanese use for flavoring soups (among other things) kind of like we use bay leaves... soak the kombu, use the water, and throw the actual seaweed away. kombu has a real "non-seeweedish" taste, so you may find it works better for you.
there is a seaweed out there for you, i just know it! :)
02-06-2008, 10:04 AM
Oh thanks guys!
That is a good idea about the salt substitute (since I probably use too much on a regular basis). And I am definately getting some kombu (will have a fully stocked seaweed arsenal) - that is a great idea about using it as a raw soup base. I will try everything.
I'm gonna love seaweed by the end!!! ...I now have: nori, wakame, dulse, and some kombu I am going to buy today. Bring it on! :D
02-06-2008, 11:39 AM
You can also add in small amounts, like half a teaspoon of powdered kelp into your green smoothies- you'll never know it's there.
I also enjoy wrapping up salalds and or pates in nori paper.
Have you tried Alissa's recipe Prince something over wakame? really really good.
Keep experimenting! If worse comes to worse, you can swallow kelp pills.
02-06-2008, 05:27 PM
Wakame really absorbs the water. Start with a little, I mean a little, until you get used to how much it absorbs. I really like it, it's not salty like Kombu, or as tough, I like the texture. Don't forget arame and hiziki, which are sorta similar. Does anyone know off hand, which one is considered brown seaweed?
02-07-2008, 01:13 PM
Funny enough i never liked seaweeds until i became raw. I bought dulse and added to smoem smoothies - this one has the mildest taste and when dehydrated is crispy and nice as a snack. Mild taste.
Wakame is my favorite - i soak it for few minutes in water with generous amount of lemon juice. I like when wakame is still "al dente" not too mushy and eat drained a little with shreded apple or english cucumber.
Nori - i have found soe flavored nori ( make sure doesn't have msg) great to wrap some veggies.
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