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Video:How to Choose and Prepare Seaweed

with Jonathon Stewart

Seaweed is chock full of vitamins and minerals, and even tastes great to boot! Learn how to prepare a few varieties of the world's most versatile sea plant, and you'll be reaping the benefits of seaweed in no time.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Choose and Prepare Seaweed

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com with today's 90 second quick tip. If I told you I could add one food to your diet that has the potential to lower your cholesterol, is loaded with vitamins, and contains just about every mineral you can think of - would you try it? Even if it starts off slimy and grows in the ocean? Today, it's all about seaweed, and how to prepare it so it's delicious. Check it out.

Seaweed Varieties

Seaweed comes in a number of varieties, and can be used in a variety of dishes. Arame, which grows wild off the coast of Ise, Japan, is a good starter for the seaweed uninitiated - Dulse is a high fiber red algae that is a popular snack in places like Iceland - Laver is a nutty, vitamin laden sea plant common in Wales, and Nori - Laver's cousin - which is produced in the tens of billions of sheets each year, is most commonly found holding together your spicy tuna roll.

Seaweed Prep 101

Some people enjoy eating this naturally chewy, almost rubbery, sea plant straight out of the bag (I wouldn't recommend eating anything straight out of the ocean, mind you, unless you're stranded on an island). But for those of us that might need some training wheels on our flight of the world's seaweeds, here are a couple easy ways to minimize the slime, and maximize the taste.

Roasting Seaweed

Since most seaweed is naturally soft and absorbent, try pan roasting your seaweed on medium heat for about three to five minutes. If any of the seaweed starts to smoke, remove the pan from heat immediately. Roasting yields crispy chip-like pieces, which are naturally salty and a great potato chip alternative.

Pan-Fried Seaweed

You might also try pan-frying your seaweed in a tablespoon of sesame oil - the end product is a little chewier, but the resulting chock-full-of-nuts flavor is not to be missed. If you pick up a bag of nori, know that it's often already toasted and immediately ready to be incorporated into your favorite sushi recipes.

So next time you go for that late night bag of Doritos, why not try some yummy seaweed instead? Thanks for watching! To learn more, visit us on the Web at food.about.com.
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