The Main Ingredient Of These Dishes: Nori

Nori is a type of seaweed that has become increasingly popular for its umami flavor and versatile texture. It can be used in everything from sushi to soups and salads, making it the perfect main ingredient for a variety of dishes. Here are five recipes where Nori takes center stage:

1. Nori Maki Rolls: Nori Maki rolls are a classic sushi dish that feature thinly sliced cucumber, avocado and omelette wrapped in seaweed. To make them even better, top with pickled ginger or sesame seed for extra flavor.

2. Nori Pizza: Create a delicious pizza alternative by sprinkling Nori over cooked pizza dough and topping with your favorite ingredients. Cheese, vegetables and fish all work well.

3. Nori-Wrapped Salmon: Season fresh salmon fillets with salt and pepper before wrapping each one in a strip of Nori seaweed. Place the wrapped salmon onto an oiled baking pan, brush lightly with soy sauce, then bake until cooked through.

4. Nori Soup: Heat vegetable broth in a pan and add strips of Nori, tofu cubes and grated ginger. Simmer until flavors have blended together then serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top.

5. Spicy Nori Chips: Cut nori sheets into small rectangles and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a little salt and chili powder, then bake in a preheated oven until lightly browned. Enjoy as an alternative snack to potato chips.