Healthy Servings: Japanese-Style Warm Prawn And Seaweed Salad

The ultimate mineral-rich salad

By Fiona Uyema
May 22, 2018
Food & Drink, Recipes

Not a wakame fan? You'll become one after trying out this salad.

Wakame, or kelp, is a gift from the sea; the perfect healthy addition to a regular Japanese diet. It is highly rich in vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iodine, calcium, iron, vitamins A, C, E, D and K, to name just a few. But eating wakame alone is like being forced to enjoy mashed potatoes with no salt: tasteless and highly dissatisfying. After discovering the following recipe, however, I was able to easily incorporate wakame into my daily diet, even after relocating back home to Ireland, where it has become relatively easy to find dried seaweed. Delicious, colorful and full of healthy ingredients, this salad is both easy to make and great for your health. Here’s how to make it.  


  • Vegetable oil, for frying  
  • Few garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Half chili, roughly chopped
  • 4 large prawns
  • Half lemon, cut into wedges
  • Japanese soy sauce, to season
  • Mixed salad leaves/ iceberg lettuce finely chopped
  • A handful of dried wakame seaweed, roughly chopped
  • A handful of roasted mixed peppers, roughly chopped


  1. Place the dried seaweed in a bowl of cold water and set aside for approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Pour a generous amount of oil on a non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat.
  3. Toss in the garlic and chili and fry for a few minutes only.
  4. Place the prawns carefully on the frying pan and fry for a few minutes on both sides.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, Japanese soy sauce and finally squeeze the lemon wedges evenly over the frying pan. Take off the heat.
  6. Using your hands, remove the seaweed from the bowl of water and squeeze removing the excess water. Using a sharp knife roughly chop.
  7. Arrange the fresh salad leaves and roasted mixed peppers on a serving dish. Place the prawns on top along with the seaweed. Serve on a large plate and let everyone enjoy it! 

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