How much do you know about Nori (Toasted Seaweed)?

Posted 29th July 2017

Nori refers to toasted edible seaweed. It is very popular food around the globe and has been used in different traditional Japanese dishes. How much do you know about Nori?

Nutrition value

Nori has a really high nutrition value, here are a few key benefits listed below

Nutrition Health Benefits
Vitamin B12
  • Maintain healthy nerve, blood cells;
  • Prevent megaloblastic anemia
  • An essential component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which regulate many important biochemical reactions
Unsaturated Fatty Acids
  • Prevent atherosclerosis, heart disease, and high blood pressure
Amino Acid
  • Controls blood cholesterol levels
  • Enhances enterohepatic recirculation of bile acid throughout the body
  • Help muscle building
Minerals and Trace Minerals
  • Essential to human body


Sushi, Temaki and Onigiri wrapper

Sushi is probably the first thing you come up with. Nori is a widely used as a wrapper for sushi, temaki, and onigiri nowadays. However, Nori was only one way of wrapping sushi back in the time sushi was invented. Maki-zushi (sushi rolls) were wrapped with thinly sliced eggs, wakame, and bamboo skin. Flat Nori was inspired by the Asakusa paper making technique and invented in ~1700.










Serve with noodles and rice

Shredded  Nori is always a good condiment for rice and noodles. For example, Zaru Soba (Cold buckwheat noodles) serves perfectly with nori and the sauce. In addition, many Furikake (rice condiment) includes Nori as well.









Flavored nori sheets (teriyaki, salted, etc.) is a very popular snack in Asia. It is crispy at the beginning and “melt” in your mouth, follows up with the flavors.