Tryna be real hip at your next dinner party? Hoping to become more cultured?? Just looking for a healthy snack alternative that’s ridiculously easy to make??? Check out this cold seaweed dish that you’ll often find as an appetizer or side dish at Asian restaurants.
It takes 20 minutes to make, and that’s really just because packaged seaweed comes dried, and it needs time to reabsorb some water.
- Dried seaweed* (I used Ottogi seaweed; it’s a Korean brand)
- Minced garlic
- Apple cider vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Minced chili pepper (optional)
- Soak the dried seaweed in water for 20-30 minutes. Drain the water. Squeeze out the excess. Cut into smaller pieces if the sheets are really big (this makes it easier to eat).
- Add the garlic, apple cider vinegar (other types of vinegar are fine too), soy sauce, sugar, and if using, the chopped hot pepper. Make sure to remove the seeds from the pepper first! (Slice it lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Don’t touch the pepper seeds and then your face. It’ll burn. A lot.) Adjust it all to taste, depending on how much seaweed you’re making. I would say start with everything in equal parts.
It should be somewhat salty, tangy, and spicy from the garlic and pepper.
*Note that not all dried seaweed is the same. You shouldn’t be using nori, which is the sheets of seaweed used for sushi. You should be using wakame seaweed, which is meant to be soaked first and rehydrated. Check out this post for more information if you’re still confused.