How to Use Kombu Seaweed in the Kitchen

Also known as sea cabbage, the Japanese Kombu brown seaweed can be prepared in a variety of ways and brings a delightful flavor with it. Kombu seaweed can add a little sweetness to soups and pairs well with legumes. It is rich in fiber and is a great food for those trying to lose weight, as it is a natural laxative. The Japanese word, Kombu, translates to “happiness”, and it’s for good reason due to its association with long life and good health.

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Tips for Preparing Kombu Seaweed

There are actually several different species of Kombu seaweed, and they can vary in shape, size, and color. In addition to fiber, this type of seaweed also contains potassium, phosphorous, and alginates. So, if eating healthy is important to you, the Kombu seaweed may just be the next addition to your kitchen. In fact, it is known to reduce cholesterol and help with hypertension, and the presence of iodine promotes the healthy function of the thyroid gland.

However, it is worth mentioning that this type of seaweed should be consumed in moderation. Eating too much of it can cause hyperthyroidism and insomnia. It is also not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Now, let’s focus on the preparation of Kombu seaweed. Kombu seaweed must be cooked thoroughly, and it is best used as a condiment. Eating the seaweed by itself can easily lead to digestive problems.

A typical Japanese dish, Kombu Dashi, calls for Kombu seaweed to be used as a broth base. There is also the Kobujime dish that uses Kombu by wrapping it around fish. Tororo Kombu involves slicing the seaweed into thin pieces and pairing them with Soba noodles.

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Kombu seaweed is typically sold in two different forms. It can be condensed into small bars or ground into a powder. With the bar form, simply cut five to ten-centimeter-long sections and add them to soups or stews. The powder form is even simpler, as we can use it just like any other spice. Just sprinkle some Kombu on salads, sauces, or any other dish as you would with pepper or salt.  

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