Shichimi Togarashi is classified as a Furikake seasoning or not

Shichimi Togarashi and Furikake are 2 condiments that represent Japan. Both of them consist of mini flakes and are sprinkled over foods when used.

The Difference between Furikake and Shichimi Togarashi

If you only hear that, you might think that they are the same thing. But Furikake and Shichimi Togarashi (or Ichimi Togarashi) are different things and generally Shichimi Togarashi isn’t classified as a Furikake.


Furikake Flakes Furikake Flakes

Generally, “Furikake (ふりかけ)” consists of several kinds of dry flakes made from meat, fish, eggs, sesame seeds, and seaweed. Other than these, various food materials, like Shiso leaves and sea urchin roe (, can be used for Furikake.

Shichimi Togarashi Spice MixShichimi Togarashi Spice Mix

On the other hand, “Shichimi Togarashi (七味唐辛子)” definitely consists of 7 kinds of spices and its main ingredient is ground red chili pepper. Hence, the Japanese spice mix usually has an orange color like the above.

The 6 spices other than red chili pepper vary depending on the maker, but typically Sansho pepper, orange peel, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, Shiso leaves, green Nori seaweed, black sesame seeds, and ginger are often used.


Steamed Plain Rice with Furikake Seasoning

One primary difference between Furikake and Shichimi Togarashi is that Furikake is used to season steamed plain rice in particular, while Shichimi Togarashi is sprinkled over various foods to make them a little bit spicy and flavorful.

Yakitori with Shichimi Togarashi

We Japanese often sprinkle Shichimi Togarashi spice mix over Udon and buckwheat Soba noodle dishes, Miso soup, Gyudon beef bowl, Tsukemono pickles, and Yakitori grilled chicken.

If you want to know more about how to use Shichimi Togarashi, this article will help.

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(Reference pages : Wikipedia ふりかけ, 七味唐辛子 )


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

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