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One More Dish! Chikuwa and Nori Seaweed Fritters (Isobe-age) Made in a Frying Pan

One More Dish! Chikuwa and Nori Seaweed Fritters (Isobe-age) Made in a Frying Pan

The flavor of the seaweed is exquisite!! When you want another dish for a bento, as a side dish, or as a snack to have with drinks, then this chikuwa fish stick fritter with seaweed (isobe-age) is great. It's made in a frying pan so it isn't difficult. It's good if you have a little egg leftover in a bowl after making rolled omelettes.

Ingredients: 2~3 people

Chikuwa
(example) one 5-stick package
Flour (cake flour)
2 tablespoons
Katakuriko
1 tablespoon
Aonori
1 tablespoon
Water
20ml brimming
Eggs (Leftover egg liquid from cooking rolled omelettes etc.)
small amount (optional)
Vegetable oil
as needed

Steps

1. As for the chikuwa, I use chikuwa as shown in the photo. This of course also tastes good with fried chikuwa as well. Cut the chikuwa in half around the center diagonally. If you are using longer chikuwa that of that in the photo, then it is easier to handle by cutting into thirds.
2. Making the breading. As shown in the photo, if you have just a bit of egg leftover after making tamagoyaki, then you can use it to make this. If you have it, add the ingredients into this bowl. Add cake flour and katakuriko to the bowl, then pour in the water and stir with cooking chopsticks. Sprinkle in the aonori and stir.
3. Add the chikuwa to the breading from Step 2, and mix using cooking chopsticks.
4. Add a large amount of vegetable oil to a frying pan. Over a strong heat and while turning occasionally with cooking chopsticks, move the frying pan around to circulate the cooking oil, and it'll be done in no time.

Story Behind this Recipe

When I had a little leftover egg from making rolled omelettes and felt it a waste to throw it out, I quickly thought this up. My husband loves chikuwa isobe-age, so keeping that in mind, I thought that "I can use the egg in this bowl!!", and was in a hurry, so I made it up quickly in a frying pan. As for the picture of the bowl in Step 2, it looks like there is a lot of egg leftover, but there is really almost none left. Just in case!