Furikake Salmon is a delicious and healthy recipe where salmon fillets are coated with a layer of Furikake seasoning and baked or air fried until cooked to perfection. Serve it with rice or wrap in nori sheets with rice to make sushi rolls. Here is how to make it.
About This Recipe
Furikake Salmon is nothing but salmon fillets coated with a layer of Japanese Furikake seasoning and then baked or air fried until cooked perfectly.
All you need is 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to bring this recipe together.
Furikake Salmon is crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside and makes for a perfect flavor-packed Asian meal.
Enjoy this omega 3 packed meal on its own for lunch or dinner with a side serving of veggies, salad, or rice or you can cut it into small pieces and wrap it in nori sheets with some rice to make delicious sushi rolls.
If you like salmon recipes, then try this spicy air fryer salmon as well.
What Is Furikake
Pronounced as “Fy-r-ih-kah-kay”, Furikake is a Japanese multi-purpose seasoning which is a mixture of dried nori seaweed, black and white sesame seeds, salt and kelp powder.
Japanese savory seasoning adds a perfect crunchy texture to the dish along with a beautiful salty ocean flavor with a sweet touch.
Where To Use Furikake Seasoning
Furikake seasoning is a multi-purpose seasoning that can be used in many ways apart from using it with salmon. It adds a crunchy texture and a beautiful seafood flavor to the recipes. Some of my favorite dishes to top with this seasoning are,
- Rice or Noodles
- Asian Buddha Bowls
Furikake Salmon Ingredients
Salmon – You can either use a big salmon fillet or individual salmon fillets for this recipe. Fresh is always best, but if you can’t find fish, then you can go for frozen as well.
I like to use fish with the skin on one side as it helps to hold the fillets better but you can use skinless fillets too.
Furikake Seasoning – It is the star ingredient here, that adds a crunchy and delicious ocean umami flavor to the salmon.
It comes with and without added MSG. Chose the one that you prefer.
It is available in the Asian aisle of large grocery stores like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods or in an Asian grocery store. You can also buy it online.
Mayonnaise – Mayonnaise is mixed with soy sauce which acts as a glue for the furikake seasoning. It also keeps the salmon nice and tender. Use any regular mayonnaise that’s easily available.
Soy Sauce – This recipe uses regular dark soy sauce that adds an umami flavor when mixed with mayo. You can also go for Japanese soy sauce if that is easily available.
You can also mix s a little wasabi paste in the mayonnaise mixture.
Pro Tips By Neha
Pat dry the salmon properly before adding anything on the top.
Try to keep the skin on the salmon fillets as it holds the fish better, but if it is without skin make sure to grease the baking dish well with butter or vegetable oil.
Baking time may depend on the oven! In my oven, the fish is cooked in 8 minutes but if it’s not cooked for you, then increase the time by a minute or two. The easiest way to see if your salmon has finished cooking is to gently press down on the top of the fillet with a fork. If the flesh of the salmon flakes, then it’s cooked.
How To Make Furikake Salmon
In An Oven
Preheat the oven to 400F (200 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean-up).
Stir together 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce in a small bowl. It won’t be a smooth mixture. You just want them to slightly come together.
Pat 2 6-8 oz salmon dry with a paper towel.
Place salmon skin side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use a spoon to apply the mayonnaise soy sauce mixture to the top of the salmon fillets. Make sure to cover the entire top of the salmon with a thin layer of mayonnaise.
Sprinkle a layer of furikake over the mayonnaise soy sauce mixture.
Keep the tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until the salmon is cooked through.
Drizzle with a squeeze of lemon juice and enjoy!
In An Air Fryer
Once you top the salmon fillets with mayo, soy sauce, and furikake, place it with the skin side down in a greased air fryer tray in a single layer.
Air fry at 400 F (200 C) for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon is flaky and cooked through.
Serve it freshly cooked, as the salmon will lose its crisp texture after some time. Having said that, this dish tastes great when it’s cold as well, however, the crunch is gone.
Serve Furikake Salmon on a bed of white rice or brown rice with a side of soy sauce or teriyaki sauce or on its own with a refreshing salad or sauteed veggies on the side.
You can also serve it with a side of sushi rice, roasted asparagus & bok choy, and avocado slices for a delicious weeknight meal.
You can also cut the furikake salmon into small pieces, wrap them into nori sheets with rice, and makes delicious sushi rolls.
Leftover furikake salmon will last for up to 3 days when stored in a clean and dry airtight container in the refrigerator.
Enjoy this salmon dish cold or reheat it for a few seconds in the microwave until warm, but keep in mind that the crispy layer on top is gone.
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Furikake Salmon Recipe
- 2 salmon fillets ((6-8 ounces each) skin-on or skinless)
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons Furikake seasoning
In An Oven
- Preheat the oven to 400F (200 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean-up).
- Stir together mayonnaise and soy sauce in a bowl. It won’t be a smooth mixture. You just want them to slightly come together.
- Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel.
- Place the salmon skin-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Use a spoon to apply the mayonnaise soy sauce mixture to the top of each salmon fillet. Make sure to cover the entire top of the salmon with a thin layer of mayonnaise.
- Sprinkle a layer of furikake over the mayonnaise soy sauce mixture.
- Keep the tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until the salmon is cooked through.
- Drizzle with a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy!
In An Air Fryer
- Once you top the salmon fillets with mayo, soy sauce, and furikake, place it with the skin side down in a greased air fryer tray in a single layer.
- Air fry at 400 F (200 C) for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon is flaky and cooked through.