Hiziki Sea Vegetable with Spring Onions and Sesame Seeds
Hiziki is a black sea vegetable that is an excellent source of iron, iodine and calcium and B vitamins. It is good for strengthening bones and teeth, for the nervous system and helps balance blood sugar levels. Hiziki makes a striking addition to any meal, with its glossy, black fronds and delicate savoury taste.It is easy to cook, especially as a simple side dish like the one here.
Servings 4 people
- 25 gr dried Hiziki
- 1½ cups water
- ½ tbsp shoyu or tamari
- 1 tsp mirin (optional)
- 2 tbsp finely chopped preserved lemon (optional)
- 3 tbsp lightly toasted sesame seeds
- 3 or 4 chopped spring onions
- Wash the hiziki under cold water then soak in the water for 30 minutes until soft.
- Place hiziki (which will have tripled in volume) and the soaking water in a pan with the shoyu or tamari and mirin (if used).
- Cook on a low heat until all the liquid is absorbed, stirring from time to time.
- Toss with the preserved lemon, sesame seeds and spring onions to serve
In this recipe we use the soaking water, but if you want a less salty taste you can discard the soaking water and add fresh water instead. The preserved lemon adds a great zing that harmonizes with the natural savoury taste of the hiziki.