Vegan Fried Rice With Hijiki Seaweed

Vegan Fried Rice With Hijiki Seaweed


I am intrigued by foods from all over the world, so I wanted to make some vegan fried rice with hijiki seaweed. I decided to use hijiki seaweed because the taste reminds me of canned sardines and rice that I ate while growing up, and I had some packets of the dried seaweed for quite some time now. They expand a great deal when soaked in water so you only need a small amount. Hijiki seaweed is popular in Japan, Korea, and China. It is a staple dish in Japan and it is usually stewed with carrots and fried tofu. It is high in fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium. I decided to prepare it as a fried rice with red bell peppers, green onions, and diced red onions. I used Basmati brown rice because it is one of my favorite varieties of brown rice. You are welcome to use any variation of rice or vegetables you prefer.

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1/4 cup Hijiki seaweed
  • 1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid aminos
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 4 cups brown Basmati rice (cooked)


Soak hijiki in a bowl of water for 30 minutes. Meanwhile combine liquid aminos, maple syrup, lemon juice and sesame oil in a medium bowl and set aside. Drain and rinse 2-3 times to remove any debris, set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until soften, about 3-4 minute. Stir in bell peppers, spring onions and parsley and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Add rice and stir until fully incorporated with vegetables. Stir in sauce mixture until fully combined, continue cooking until the fried rice is fully heated through, about 3-5 minutes.

Chef’s Tip: Hijiki seaweed may be found in Asian supermarkets, online or at health food stores.

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Carly
    January 21, 2019

    The seaweed makes this so delicious, great recipe

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 21, 2019

      I’m happy you tried it, thank you Carly.

  2. Michelle Blackwood
    February 7, 2015

    You are welcome Blessing, thanks for stopping by!

  3. Michelle Blackwood
    February 7, 2015

    Oh yes, at least you know whats in it :)

  4. Michelle Blackwood
    February 7, 2015

    Heather I hope you try it!

  5. Blessing
    February 6, 2015

    I love fried rice and this dish makes me go waoozaahh.
    Looks colourful and delicous.
    Thanks for sharing

  6. Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
    February 6, 2015

    Love homemade fried rice!

  7. Heather / girlichef
    February 5, 2015

    I love pretty much any kind of fried rice, but I’ve never tried any with seaweed – what a delicious addition!