Ground Tofu with Hijiki

A typical comfort food, with every family in Japan having their own recipe.


Serves: 2

  • 80g simmered hijiki
  • firm tofu (standard size)
  • 1 tbsp ground sesame
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Rinse the hijiki well until the water runs clear, then soak in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Cut into bite size pieces.
  2. Wrap the tofu in a tea towel and place a plate or a bowl on top to force out excess water. Leave for about 15 minutes.
  3. Grind the sesame and tofu with a mortar and pestle (If you do not have them, use a bowl and fork) and mix with the sugar, mirin and salt.
  4. Add the simmered hijiki to the tofu mixture and mix well.