These Are the Toppings You Should Be Putting on Your Rice
In the U.S., we tend to pile our main dish atop rice and call it a day, but in many other cultures, rice is served with a variety of toppings so that it can be enjoyed aside from the main dish. Here are a few suggestions to garnish your rice with tasty toppings.
- Pickled vegetables: This topping brings both a tanginess and a sweetness as well as tons of crunch. My favorites are umeboshi (plum), takuan (radish), rakkyo (onion), and kimchi.
- Fish roe: A.k.a. fish eggs. You should look for ones that are smoked or salted because they pack more flavor.
- Egg: If you’re daring, you can mix in a raw egg to hot rice and it’ll cook just slightly before you dig in. You can also fry or scramble an egg instead.
- Seaweed: You have many preparations to choose from with this topping. From marinated salads to dried strips or furikake (mix of seaweed and sesame seeds).
- Fish flakes: Dried, cured fish that is almost unrecognizable in flake form.
- Avocado: Make sure your avocado is perfectly ripe. You might want to add a bit of oil or sauce with this since it can be a little dry with only rice.
- Nutritional yeast: An umami bomb that adds a nutty, almost cheesy flavor. Sprinkle directly on the rice before other toppings are added.
- Leftover sauce: Rice makes a pretty good blank slate for any leftover sauce you have hanging around, like pesto, chili, or tahini.
If you have a favorite rice topping, share it in the discussion below so other people can give it a try! Make sure to mention any special preparation your topping needs or if there’s a trick to eating it for maximum flavor.