This simple recipe is a celebration of furikake, the confetti-like topping that has the marvelous ability to amp up the flavor and fun of any meal. Furikake is so versatile. Originally meant to be used as a rice seasoning, I love to use it in recipes like ochazuke, sheet pan veggies, popcorn, and even as a topping for puff pastry dough. I recently had a craving for french fries (after stumbling on some potato party footage from the early 2010s) and wanted to explore an umami homemade version of the salty snack, inspired by the variety of ingredients found at Bokksu Market. Whether you make one dish of fries or a whole potato party’s worth, you’ll be glad you seasoned them with Bokksu Market’s treasure trove of flavorful sauces and seasonings.
While this recipe works with any variety of potatoes, we recommend trying it with Japanese satsumaimo sweet potatoes if they are available to you! The combination of sweet potato with full-bodied seasoning comes together in perfect harmony. You also can’t go wrong with basic sweet potatoes or the familiar Russet and Yukon Gold varieties.
Dip your furikake french fries in addictingly spicy La-Yu chili oil mixed with Kewpie mayonnaise, or try Kikkoman’s enticing wasabi sauce. Explore more complementary flavors beyond this ingredient list, such as Otafuku’s Okonomi Sauce or Kikkoman’s Sriracha Mayo. Don’t skimp on the furikake. Go ahead, make it rain and embrace your inner Salt Bae! For more about furikake, read this blog post..
Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 4 cups fries
- 4 large potatoes, any variety
- ¼-½ cup furikake (such as Katsuo Fumi Furikake)
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt
- 2 tablespoons wasabi sauce
- 1 tablespoons La-Yu chili oil
- ½ cup Kewpie mayonnaise
- Wash your potatoes and cut them lengthwise into strips ½” x ½” thick.
- Soak cut potatoes in water for 30 minutes to remove starch (this step is optional but makes your fries crispier).
- While the potato strips are soaking, preheat your oven to 375°F.
- Remove your fries from the water and dry them thoroughly with a kitchen towel or paper towel.
- Toss your fries in sesame oil.
- Sprinkle on furikake and flaky sea salt. Roast for 20 minutes.
- Turn up the oven temperature up to 425°F. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
- Mix ¼ cup Kewpie mayonnaise with chili oil.
- Fill 3 separate dipping dishes with wasabi sauce, chili oil mayonnaise, and plain Kewpie mayonnaise.