Seaweed is a great way to get iron, iodine, and even a little B12. It is not typically one of the “most favorite” on people’s food list, however. We love using it in soups and other dishes to give a salty, slightly “fishy” flavor. But to eat enough to get any real nutritional benefit? Well, we probably haven’t done that very often. This week I experimented with an option that might just help us get a little more seaweed into our diet. That is – seaweed chips. Even Christy likes them.
What you will need:
A silicone “brush”
Pepper (black or white pepper, whichever you prefer)
Spices or flavorings of choice
A lime cut in half
Sheets of Nori
Oil and Spice Seaweed Snacks.
First choose as many sheets of Nori seaweed as you would like. We buy ours at WalMart.
Put 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a small cup or bowl. One tablespoon should be enough for 4 sheets of Nori.
Add the spices, flavorings, and a couple pinches of salt to the oil
Lay out a sheet of Nori.
Lightly brush on the oil and spices mixture
Lay another sheet of Nori on top of the oiled one and do the same to it.
Make as many as you wish. After 4 sheets of Nori, you will probably have to make new oil and spice mixture. Make it the same, or add different flavorings if you wish.
Heat a griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (about 180 Celsius) or heat a pan on medium heat. Lay a slice of oiled and spiced Nori on the griddle or in the pan. Flip Nori over every minute or so until it starts to become slightly translucent. Then take it out and place it on a plate or other surface to cool. While it is cooling add another sheet of Nori to the pan.
The Nori should cool in just a minute or two. It doesn’t take long at all. When it is cool, gently fold and break it into three sections. Break each of those sections into three smaller sections. Eat right away or store in an airtight container. You will probably either want to eat them up in a few days or store them in the freezer and take the container out whenever you are ready to munch.
Lime/Paprika Seaweed Snacks
A delicious variation of the toasted seaweed is lime/paprika flavor.
First cut a lime in half
Then set out your paprika, salt, and cinnamon
Lay out sheets of Nori. This time do not stack them on top of each other.
Sprinkle your seasonings evenly on your sheet of Nori.
While gently squeezing the lime, dab it all over the sheet of Nori
Take your silicone brush and quickly brush the lime and help spread the seasonings even more evenly.
Quickly place the sheet of Nori on the griddle or in the pan. You will need to put it in the pan right away because the Nori sheet can fall apart when it is wet. The lime/spice flavored seaweed will toast much faster than the oiled one. It should take just about one minute on each side. It will also puff up here and there and look a little “bumpy.”
Again, after the seaweed has cooled, break each sheet into thirds. Then break each section into thirds again. Because the lime/spice seaweed is kind of “bumpy” when it is done, it is harder to break it evenly. Store in airtight container, if you don’t eat them all at once first. 😊