Hijiki seaweed rice served in a Japanese rice bowl with a pair of chopstick
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5 from 6 votes

Hijiki Gohan

Hijiki Gohan is a delicious rice dish that has been a part of the Japanese diet for many centuries. It is packed with dietary fibre, iron and calcium.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Rice, Rice dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: #hijiki gohan, #hijiki rice, #hijiki seaweed
Servings: 6
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 2 cups rice *1
  • 10 g dry hijiki *2
  • 50 g edamame *3
  • 50 g chicken mince (ground chicken)
  • 1/2 carrot *or 40g
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • a pinch of sesame seeds to top
  • a pinch of bean sprouts to garnish


  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Place dry hijiki in a bowl of 500 ml water. Let hijiki absorb water for about 30 minutes. 
  • Cook rice in a rice cooker.  *4
  • While rice is being cooked, cut carrot into matchsticks and shell edamame and set these aside. *5
  • Place all seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and combine them all together. 
  • Heat sesame seed oil in a frying pan over medium heat and cook chicken mince. 
  • Add carrot and edamame and cook for a further few minutes. 
  • Add all combined seasoning over the chicken, carrot and hijiki. 
  • Cook until all the liquid evaporates. 
  • Immediately after the rice is cooked, place the cooked hijiki and chicken over the rice, and put the lid back on.  
  • Let all the ingredients steam together in the heat remaining in the rice for 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid of the rice cooker and stir the hijiki and chicken into the rice. 
  • Add edamame and stir well.
  • Serve in a rice bowl and garnish with sesame seeds and bean sprouts.


*1 short grain preferably Japanese Koshihikari
*2  = 3 tbsp Dry Hijiki
*3 if you are using edamame with shell, you need 100g.
*4 Cook according to your cookbook.
*5 if you use pre-shelled edamame, you only need half the amount. 


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.9mg