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For years we have been buying roasted seaweed snacks, but then I learned you can make your own at home! I love seaweed and so do my kids, and this is a really healthy snack. If you have ever eaten plain seaweed sheets – the kind you would use to roll sushi with – you know it is thick, tough, and gets chewy when it gets wet. Roasted seaweed is crispy and salty.. as you can see from my photos below, it makes a big flaky mess once it is roasted!
To start, you need plain seaweed sheets.
As you can see, I have quite a collection of seaweed (full size sheets) that I have accumulated from making homemade sushi. I buy these at the grocery store, Asian grocery stores, and Amazon.com. You can find a variety as far as how many sheets come in a pack, and some are marked organic.
All the ones I buy have perforations for making sushi (that is fine).
I usually make a big batch at a time – around 20 sheets – but you can make as much or as little as you like! Each sheet will be cut into about 6 pieces.
Start by brushing the shiny side of the seaweed sheet with some oil.
(*Note – I actually tried roasting seaweed sheets by heating and spreading oil in a pan with a spatula, and it worked fine and tasted amazing, but I would say it came out much greasier than this method of brushing the oil on).
I use a pastry brush so that I can get good, even coverage, but I have also seen it done by hand while wearing plastic gloves. The first time I did this, I was very conservative with the oil, but I felt like I didn’t have to work so hard to use so little oil for later batches).
After brushing your sheet of seaweed with oil, sprinkle with some sea salt and add to your stack.
Heat your stove or skillet to a medium temp. Put your seaweed in the pan with the shiny side UP. Then place a sheet on top of it with the shiny side DOWN, and flip after about 30 seconds. Repeat until your stack is done (roasting the rough sides as you flip them over).
Here, there are two sheets in the pan, facing each other with the shiny sides inward.
Roasting time can take a little learning and patience. I still over roast some sheets (in my opinion), which look a little brighter green to a light brown color. Although they taste a little too toasted to me, we still find them edible. My kids said they didn’t mind eating these ones ones at all.
Once your seaweed sheets are roasted, stack them neatly and cut. I cut them up the center (the long way), and then in thirds. If you have ever bought roasted seaweed snacks at the store, this is the size I have always seen them.
My kids love these, so they tend to gobble up quite a few before we get around to storing some for later! You can eat them plain or put a little bit of rice on each. My 5 year old likes when I made homemade “sushi” with just rice and sushi, so she likes putting a little spoonful of white rice on each little roasted piece of seaweed as a snack.
I have heard that you can freeze these, but I pack some in bags and try to use within a week or so, and they seem to store fine. I send these to school with the kids, and it makes a tasty, healthy snack.
Enjoy your roasted seaweed!
I really like the seaweed on sushi rice rolls or whatever those are called, so these would probably be really good!
I have bought seaweed snacks at my grocery store. I have never tried to make them myself, it would be interesting!
I tried the seaweed snacks for he first time maybe a month ago. Ihad always kind of shied away from them not thinking they would taste like much. They are really prettt good. I like your version of toasting them, I be that would be good too.
I have been eating vegan lately and I like to make these Roasted Seaweed snacks. They look healthy and delicious!
Our entire family loves seaweed snacks. I need to try roasting seaweed like you. It sounds awesome.
We have eaten seaweed snacks, which are tasty, but never made our own. This is a great idea!
We always just buy the roasted ones but this is great! Will have to try making our own.
Great work..looks quite interesting. Haven’t tried any of these things..would love to try
Definitely something new to try! I’ll have to see how my kids like this one! Thanks!
I love these . I get it from Costco and eat just like that. But roasting seems interesting . I will try it out
Yum! I didn’t realize it was this easy to make! It’s been awhile since ive had roasted seedweed, I’ll have to give this a try
mmmmm i love seaweed so much! i want to try this!!1 yum!! delicious!!!
While I am not a big fan, my dd and dh are both fans.. so maybe I should try this the next time we get some..
My daughter loves roasted seaweed. She is the only one in the house that likes it by itself.
i love seaweed on sushi but havent tried it as a snack yet
These look really interesting. I’ll have to try.
Wow! This is interesting. I have never imagined preparing it this way but definitely worth a try. Thank you for sharing about these roasted seaweed snacks. It’s a refreshing change.
Seaweed on sushi is good but I really like your version of toasting them too. Awesome idea! Like to try it soon, I hope my kids will love them too.