Noriten: Classic Japanese Nori Seaweed Tempura Snacks

Made by coating one piece of ingredient with flour batter and deep-frying it in plenty of oil, “Tempura (天ぷら)” is a food that represents Japan. But do you know there are Japanese snacks produced in the same way as Tempura?

Tempura Snacks

Noriten and Ikaten Tempura Snacks

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

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

Noriten or Nori no Tempura

Noriten Nori no Tempura Snacks

On the other hand, “Noriten (のり天)”, also known as “Nori no Tempura (海苔の天ぷら)”, is the Tempura snack whose main ingredient is “Nori (海苔)”, as the name 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 or cuttlefish in Japanese.

Ingredients and Features

The Nori seaweed is coated with a batter made from eggs and wheat flour, deep-fried in plenty of oil, and then lightly salted. It is deep-fried in sesame oil, so these Tempura fries are pleasantly crispy and savory with an appetizing aroma.

As for the variety, some Noriten crisps are only lightly salted, while others are flavored using ground red chili pepper and are a little bit spicy with a moderate saltiness.

Where to Buy

Noriten or Nori no Tempura is a common snack food in Japan and goes especially well with beer, so the seaweed Tempura chips are available in many supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, 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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