Wednesday 28 January 2015

Seaweed Chips

Move over kale, there's a new guy in town that was just asking to be turned into a healthy snack…


I love seaweed but it seems to have dropped out of my diet lately so wanted to make something that was simply seaweed.  I've had Tao Kae Noi seaweed snacks many a time and although delicious, they are very oily.

Then it dawned on me…if kale can be made into a crispy treat then why the hell can't seaweed join the veggie crisp party as well?!

Seaweed isn't for everyone and baking it with miso and soy sauce can make it a little bitter but I love the stuff and admit now, all of the seaweed pictured in this post was history before I even started writing about it…it's that good!

Don't forget how healthy seaweed is…most types of seaweed contain iron, folates, calcium and various vitamins!

There are so many types of seaweed out there but I used wakame as it's not too thin and not too thick.

Preheat your oven to 180C (mine's a fan oven so you might need to adjust the temperature if you have a different type of oven).

Soak a small handful of dried seaweed in hot water, drain and soak once more.  The dried pieces will slowly unfurl and become a wonderful shade of emerald green.

Mix the miso paste, soy sauce, sesame oil and water until thoroughly combined.

Drain the seaweed - give it a really good squeeze to get all of the water out.  Stir the miso/soy mixture in with the seaweed making sure that it gets really well coated.

On a foil lined baking sheet lay out ribbons of the seaweed then bake for about 5 minutes - keep your eye on it towards the end as you don't want the edges to get brown, just nice and crisp.  I sprinkled some black sesame seeds on them at the last minute.

I love how each piece becomes translucent after baking!

If you are lucky enough to have an Asian supermarket nearby you should be able to find bags of dried seaweed - there are usually several types like wakame and laver plus the usual nori sheets for sushi.  If you don't have a supermarket that stocks these things, they are easily available online - my favourite shop, Wing Yip, has several locations but also an online shop so add some seaweed to your basket and also have a browse around at all of the other amazing things they sell!

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