Noriten : Classic Japanese Nori Seaweed Tempura Snacks

As you know, “Tempura (天ぷら)” is a food that represents Japan, which is made coating one piece of ingredient with flour batter and deep-frying it in plenty of oil.

But do you know there are Japanese snacks produced in the same way as Tempura?

Tempura Snacks

Noriten and IkatenNoriten and Ikaten

Actually, “Ikaten (いか天)” and “Noriten (のり天)” are 2 representatives of such Tempura snacks. They are classic snacks that have been widely enjoyed in Japan for a long time.

As I wrote an article about it before, the former “Ikaten (いか天)” is the Tempura snack made from the dried squid “Surume (スルメ)“.

Noriten (のり天)

NoritenNoriten Tempura Snacks

On the other hand, “Noriten (のり天)” is the Tempura snack whose main ingredient is “Nori (海苔)” (seaweed laver) (

As you can guess, the snack name, Noriten is composed of 2 words, “Nori (のり)” meaning “seaweed laver” and “Ten (天)” that stands for “Tempura”. By the way, “Ika (いか)” means “squid” and “cuttlefish” in Japanese.


The Nori seaweed is coated with the batter made with eggs, wheat flour, and water, deep-fried in plenty of oil, and then seasoned mainly with salt.

Since the seaweed Tempura snack that I purchased this time is deep-fried in sesame oil, these snacks are crispy and savory, and have an appetizing aroma.


As for the variety, some Noriten snacks are lightly salted, while others are a little spicy with moderate saltiness.

Where to Buy Noriten Tempura Snacks

Since Noriten is a common snack food in Japan and goes well with beer, the seaweed Tempura snack is available in many supermarkets and convenience stores.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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