Even folks who turn their nose up at the thought of seaweed will probably like hijiki. It’s a dried, twiggy marine algae that’s delicious and healthy.
The fist thing you have to do is soak the dried hijiki in cold water for about 20 -30 minutes. Rinse it out and drain the excess water. At this point you’ll likely simmer the hijiki with some vegetables in dashi, soy sauce, sake and mirin. Here is my recipe for hijiki with bacon, carrots and soy beans.
Can of Organic Soy Beans
2 oz of dried hijiki
3/4 cup sliced carrots
1 2/3 cup of dashi
2 tablespoons sake
3 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1. Drain and rinse can of soy beans.
2. Mix dashi, sake, mirin, soy sauce together in a bowl.
3. Cook bacon in a large frying pan. Remove and cut into small slices.
4. Add hijiki to frying pan and saute over medium high heat for several minutes.
5. Add carrots, bacon, soy beans and dashi mixture from #1 to frying pan. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid has been fully absorbed/reduced (about 20-25 minutes) . At this point you many need to add a little more soy sauce depending how salty your bacon is. After tasting for the correct level of salt, remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes. You can eat hijiki warm or cold.