Carrot greens furikake

Furikake (pronounced foo-ree-kah-kay, sort of) is a dried seasoning to be sprinkled on rice. It often includes seaweed, fish flakes, sesame seeds, and more.

Yusuke made a variation on the theme here using the bountiful carrot greens from our CSA baskets. (Yes, for anyone who is keeping track, “carrot tops” are GREEN!, not orange. Hmph.) The greens are so lovely, but they’re not exactly easy to use. In the past, I’ve tried to include them in my erm, eccentric green smoothies, and while they taste good, they tend to get tangled around the blender blades. It’s a shame to throw them out, though. So…a furikake experiment was undertaken.

  1. Pull the leafy bits from the tough stems
  2. Sauté the greens with 1 tbsp each of: sesame oil, soy sauce, and mirin
  3. Add sesame seeds and katsuobushi (flaked tuna)
  4. Sauté until it’s all dry

Then, sprinkle a bit over rice and eat!

When Yusuke tried this again the next week, he upped the mirin content and lowered the soy sauce, which made the taste tangier like “real” furikake.

There a tons of good nutrients in carrot greens, and this is a great way to use them up!


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