How to Cook Kombu: Our Best Recipes

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How to use Kombu seaweed

"How do I use Kombu?" You might ask. Well, that is where we can help.

Try using Kombu like a stock cube. Kombu leaf is thick and tough compared to dulse, so adding it during cooking helps it to soften. As the kelp soaks, it releases minerals into the water, which adds flavour and makes an excellent base for soups and sauces.

Kombu also has a stronger salty taste than Dulse or Shony seaweed, making it a great choice if you're looking to reduce salt in your cooking. 

Kombu kelp is an extremely versatile seasoning with an umami-rich flavour stemming from its glutamic acid index. This 'fifth taste' present in Kombu adds a salty, moreish dimension to every dish.  

As well as its flavour-enhancing qualities, Kombu offers a wealth of goodness including iodine, calcium, potassium, fibre and magnesium.

Here, at Mara® Seaweed, we have chosen our favourite Kombu recipes to inspire all you seaweed enthusiasts. So, read on, and start creating your favourites. 

Fish Pie with Smoked Haddock and Kombu

Kombu kelp and seafood make a delicious combination, and what better way to enjoy it than by making this wonderfully succulent fish pie. 

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Umami-Rich Mushroom Risotto with Kombu

Searching for that glorious umami kick? Then look no further. This risotto carefully combines three foods with that fifth taste; Kombu seaweed, mushrooms and Parmesan. 

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Crispy Pork Belly with Kombu and Fennel

Enjoy salty, savoury and sweet in the same mouthful with this deliciously satisfying meal adapted from Xa Milne's The Seaweed Cookbook.

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Miso Soup with Kombu Flakes

Miso Soup with Kombu Flakes

This recipe demonstrates the true versatility of Kombu kelp seaweed and offers nourishment and comfort for those cold winter days. 

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Superfood Smoothie with Kombu Kelp

Make the perfect morning pick-me-up with this incredibly healthy, lean, green seaweed tonic drink.

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Chocolate Truffles with Whisky and Seaweed Powder

These delicious, Kombu-enhanced truffles are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and shatter any illusions that seaweed and chocolate are a miss matched combination. 

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Feeling adventurous? Why not explore more Mara® Seaweed varieties at our online shop and create your own seaweed recipes. Let us know how you get on in the comments!

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  • Very impressed with the products, adds a wonderful flavour without over powering the dish. My husband was diagnosed as having very low magnesium levels in his body. This is why I switched to using Kombu instead of salt. He levels are rising and he never even notices any difference. Would highly recommend

    Helen Bailiff

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