Wakame: A marine treasure for your cuisine

Wakame is a marine algae and a key ingredient in many Asian recipes, especially Japanese. Recognizable by its dark green color and tender texture once cooked, wakame is not only delicious but also nutrient-rich.

Wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) is an edible seaweed native to the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is particularly popular in Japan, Korea, and China. Cultivated or harvested in the wild, this algae is often sold dried or salted, ready to be rehydrated and incorporated into various dishes.

A More than Positive Nutritional Score!
Wakame is renowned for its numerous nutritional benefits. It is low in calories but rich in vitamins (A, C, E, and K) and essential minerals such as iodine, calcium, and magnesium. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, and dietary fibers.

Culinary Uses
In cooking, wakame is appreciated for its subtle umami flavor and unique texture. Commonly used in soups, such as the traditional miso soup, it is also featured in refreshing salads, often paired with cucumbers and a sesame dressing. Its texture, which becomes soft and slightly crunchy once rehydrated, perfectly complements tofu dishes, noodles, and even sushi. It is also used as a delicate garnish in rice bowls and poke bowls, adding a dimension of flavor and texture to these popular dishes.

To prepare dried wakame, simply soak it in water for a few minutes. It will quickly swell and become tender. Then drain it and incorporate it into your dish. Salted wakame, on the other hand, should be rinsed to remove excess salt before use.

Wakame is a versatile and healthy ingredient that brings a distinctive taste and nutritional benefits to many dishes. Whether you are a connoisseur of Japanese cuisine or simply curious to try new ingredients, wakame is an excellent choice to enrich your culinary palette. Mayumi, the head of our Japanese section, certifies: Wakame helps maintain beautiful hair and gives it a shiny look! It’s recognized in Japan as a given.