We are making an easy furikake salmon for dinner tonight. Succulent salmon filets packed with umami flavour. This simple salmon dish is delicious, nutritious and so satisfying!
We just can't get enough of this furikake salmon. Ever since we discovered this Japanese seasoning we sprinkle it on nearly everything, rice, eggs, and noodles. And now I sprinkled furikake on salmon filets and it turned out to be delicious as expected.
The fun fact is that I didn't know that furikake salmon is a well-known Hawaiian dish. I kind of just come up with this recipe because we like the furikake flavor so much.
If you have never heard of furikake salmon before you really should be paying attention now because there is a high chance that this Hawaiian dish will become one of your favorite fish recipes of all time.
There are so many reasons to love this simple recipe. Apart from it being absolutely delicious, it is also:
EASY. It is super easy to make. In fact, this is a great recipe for your young teens, if they are interested in learning how to cook.
FAMILY. This furikake salmon recipe is family-friendly, really kid-friendly. My kids just can't get enough of this dish and I am so happy about it because this takes me to my next point...
HEALTHY. The furikake salmon is packed with nutrients. Salmon is an amazing source of protein that comes with omega-3 fatty acids. Good quality furikake contains a great number of vitamins and minerals thanks to the seaweed and sesame seeds.
FAST. This easy recipe is also very quick to get on the table. No preparation, marinating, or chopping is required. Line the baking dish with some parchment paper and you don't even have anything to clean up.
Ok, I hope this was enough to convince you to give the furikake salmon recipe a go. Let's have a look at what we will need to make it.
Ingredients for furikake salmon recipe
This salmon recipe requires THREE ingredients only. Salmon filets, mayonnaise and furikake. Yes, that's it.
Where to get furikake?
Furikake is a beautiful Japanese seasoning that is sweet and salty at the same time. It plays with your taste buds and makes a great addition to any dish.
Nowadays you can get a furikake in a local Asian shop. Just make sure to read the labels. More often than not Asian seasonings contain flavour enhancers such as MSG.
If you can't find furikake, not a problem at all, because I have a super easy furikake recipe. So you can make your own furikake in just 5 minutes.
What salmon to use
There are two main kinds of salmon on the market today. Farmed and wild-caught.
It is obvious like with anything else that wild-caught fish is better than the farmed. Wild-caught salmon have more nutrients. Wild fish doesn't need antibiotics and is not fed grains. While I would love to suggest you use wild-caught salmon is not always that easy.
Wild-caught salmon is not widely available in Australia and is much more expensive than farmed salmon. I believe it is easier and cheaper to buy wild-caught salmon if you are in US or Canada. Let me know in the comments below if this is true, I would love to know.
But even with all the controversy about farmed salmon, ANY salmon is better than no salmon. I also believe that Australian Atlantic salmon and New Zealand King salmon are great alternatives to wild-caught varieties.
How to make furikake salmon
You can hardly call this furikake salmon a recipe, it is so easy.
- Spread a small amount of good-quality mayonnaise on top of each salmon fillet.
- Sprinkle the furikake seasoning on top.
- Bake it for 15 minutes. Dinner is ready!
The baking time will vary depending on what kind of salmon you are using. More about it is below.
How long to bake salmon
Now let's talk about how long to bake the furikake salmon. This will depend on what fish you use.
- Wild-caught salmon is less fatty, usually, a bit thinner and will cook in 10 to 12 minutes at 360'F (180'C)
- Atlantic and King salmon will need a little longer baking time because the fillets are larger and fattier. It usually takes me about 18 to 20 minutes to bake Atlantic salmon.
No matter what salmon you bake, it is easy to check if the salmon is cooked. Once the baking time is over, press on the thick part of the salmon filet with a fork or your finger. Does it easily flake? The salmon is ready. If not give it another couple of minutes in the oven.
What to eat with furikake salmon
Our favorite way to enjoy the furikake salmon is with freshly cooked sushi rice.
My kids also like to make little sushi rolls. They are easy and fun to make. They are also great for school lunch boxes.
But you of course can serve furikake salmon with salads, roast veggies, cauliflower rice and so much more.
How to store
Have some leftover furikake salmon? Refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 3 days and enjoy cold or warm it up in a pan.
As you can see this salmon recipe is a keeper. I would love to hear from you if you make it 🤗
Easy Furikake Salmon Recipe
- 2 fresh salmon fillets, skin on
- 2 tablespoons furikake, japanese seasoning
- 2 teaspoons good quality mayonnaise
- Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C)
- Line the baking dish with some baking paper.
- Place the salmon fillets on a baking tray, skin side down.
- Thinly spread the mayonnaise over the salmon fillets.
- Sprinkle furikake seasoning on top of the fillets and pat gently.
- Bake salmon for 12 to 18 minutes, depending on the size and the variety of your slamon. See notes for more.
- Take salmon out of the oven and serve.
- Wild salmon will need 10-12 minutes at 360'F (180'C)
- Farmed salmon such as Atlantic or King salmon will need 18 to 20 minutes at 360'F (180'C)