I do like seaweed and I’m not talking about that crispy impostor that you will get at a Chinese restaurant which is actually made from spring greens.  I’m talking about the real stuff found on seashores with a briny flavour and crunchy texture such as Kelp.  Kelp is actually very good for you and can be found around the coast of Ireland, Japan and the USA.  It is regarded as a superfood due to its nutritional content.  Kelp contains a mix of vitamins and minerals although it should not be eaten in excess.  The fibre in kelp is though to be able to support weight loss by reducing fat digestion and absorption.  The iodine in kelp has been shown to remove free radicals from the blood which would otherwise cause ageing, therefore it is believed to have anti ageing properties.

I love trying different seaweed salads in sushi restaurants and decided that I would attempt to make my own.  Off I headed to my local Chinese cash and carry to get my hands on some seaweed and manged to find some that had been pre cut and dried and just needed hydrating.  It said on the pack to soak it in water for 20 minutes but I ignored this and left in for a few hours rinsing it every so often to remove any sand and dirt that might have attached itself.


1 50g pack of dried shredded kelp

35ml rice wine

3/4tsp caster sugar

3/4tsp salt

15ml soy sauce

1tsp sesame oil

1tsp chilli flakes


Soak the kelp in water for a few hours.  Rinse every so often.  I rinsed mine about 8 times to remove any traces of sand and grit.

The kelp is already shredded which is handy as it saved me the trouble of cutting it finely.

Combine the rice wine, sugar, salt, soy sauce, sesame oil and chilli flakes together and stir so the salt and sugar dissolve.

Strain the kelp and squeeze out excess water then pour the dressing over and mix well.

Place in the fridge for about half an hour to an hour to chill the salad.

Give the salad another good mix and then serve.


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84 thoughts on “Kelp Salad A Natural Weight Loss Food”

  1. I have known kelp to be classed as a superfood due to it’s high content of minerals and vitamins, but I have yet to try it. I think this recipe would be a great way to first try it out. I am always looking for ways to incorporate more healthy and whole foods into my diet x

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  2. I had to come over as the picture made
    Me curious as to what it was and I have to say I’m intrigued but a little stranger by the look of that kelp , I have no idea what it would taste like but it’s makes my me want to give it a try x

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  3. I like the crispy seaweed! I have never tried kelp before. My husband makes healthy ‘seaweed’ using kale in the air-fryer, it’s really delicious! This recipe looks good though, love anything with chilli so I may give it a go – thx!

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  4. When I look at this it doesn’t tangle my tastebuds but I think it’s because it’s a picture. I think if it was in front of me and I could smell it I would try this. I imagine the benefits are so good. In Norfolk there is samphire and I love this 😊

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  5. This may not look appealing but neither does advacado really and i love that 🙂 i love superfood and adding them to my diet so i would definitely try this, we have a Chinese supermarket we go to so i will look out for it.

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  6. This looks interesting – I have friends that forage for seaweed and then cool the most amazing meals with it. Never tried ito make a dish with it myself, will have to change that

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  7. I must admit this doesn’t really look like something I would like but I definitely am one for eating things that are really healthy even if I dont like them so I should try it

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