Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Nori Salmon Cups + Giveaway

Featured Ingredient: Nori

I'd like to think that Tabi and I enjoy a fairly healthy diet. Generally, its full of whole grains, bright vegetables and healthy proteins. But there is one item we should eat more of: Seaweed.

Nori, wakame and the various other guises of dried seaweeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet, packed with a smorgasbord of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. That's because they soak up ocean-borne nutrients as they dance in the currents. Researchers at the University of California say a connection may exist between seaweed consumption and the lower than average cancer rates in Japan. Plus, seaweed contains plenty of iodine to promote healthy thyroid functioning. And what’s not to love about that distinctive salty, briny flavor?

One my favorite food companies Navitas Naturals has recently introduced an item that makes it that much easier for us to sneak more seaweed into an everyday diet. Nori powder is made simply by blitzing those nori sheets from sushi joints into a fine powder. It can be easily used to gussy up soups, a batch of kale chips or any Asian inspired stir-fry. I can also attest to its power to elevate a bowl of popcorn.

We love having these nori infused salmon rice cakes in the fridge for a quick snack. I guess they are kind of like sushi in muffin form. The sticky rice acts like a glue to bind all the ingredients together. If I had it on hand, I would have definitely included some picked ginger for extra kick. These are one of those recipes where bendable silicon cups help out a lot for easy intact extraction.  

So the good news is that it’s time for another Muffin Tin Mania product giveaway. The kind folks over at Navitas Naturals would like to award one of my readers with some of their nori powder to try out.

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post that says “I brake for seaweed” along with some way of identifying yourself such as your initials, name or email address and I will use this online tool to randomly select a winner. I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday June 18th, so if you entered write the date down on your calendar and check back in then for a chance to claim your prize.

Congrats to Michelle who was randomly selected to receive her very own bag of Navitas nori powder. 

Nori Salmon Rice Cakes

1 1/2 cups sticky rice such as Calrose
3 to 4 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
4 teaspoons nori powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated or finely minced ginger
1 teaspoon wasabi powder (optional)

Prepare sticky rice according to package directions. Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Divide mixture among 12 standard sized greased or paper lined muffin cups. Make sure to pack down the contents firmly. Set aside for about 1 hour to set. Carefully unmold and store in the refrigerator for up to about 1 week.


  1. “I brake for seaweed” :) I´ve never tried something like that so it will be very interesting!!!!

  2. I brake for seaweed. Great idea to use it on popcorn!

  3. I brake for seaweed!
    halloweentango on twitter

  4. “I brake for seaweed” these sound like something wonderful to have on a hot summer day for lunch or dinner and get some vitamins at the same time!

  5. I brake for seaweed. These salmon cups look awesome, would love to try with brown rice..Thanks!


  6. Bridge, keep in mind that if you make this with regular brown rice you'll need something to bind the ingredients together. It may work if you mix in a couple eggs and bake them for a several minutes.

  7. i brake for seaweed!

    this looks easier to make than onigiri. :)


  8. I brake for seaweed!!


  9. I brake for seaweed!

  10. I brake for seaweed!
    -Jenni (jenni.s.meier@gmail.com

  11. “I brake for seaweed”
    Looks interesting, passing it on to my sister, too :)

  12. I brake for seaweed!

    I will definitely make this. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I brake for seaweed!

    catharine [dot] ellie [at] gmail

  14. Woo Hoo! Do you mean I won????? I think I am the only Michelle ;)

  15. Yep, you are the winner Michelle. Just use the contact tab above to send me your shipping details.

  16. Yep, enjoy them straight out of the fridge.


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