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Nori is a mild-flavored seaweed used in all sorts of Japanese dishes. But it doesn’t grow in flat, even rectangles! To make nori sheets moist, wavy, raw nori is cleaned, minced, pressed, and dried into flat, crisp sheets. To up the crispness and make our nori chips sturdier, we fold each sheet in half before baking, using water to stick the folded sheet together. Painting each nori sheet with toasted sesame oil adds even more chip-like crunch and helps the sesame seed mixture stick.

Note: The less-shiny, rough sides of nori sheets stick together better than the very shiny, smooth sides. Not sure which side is which? Run your hand lightly over the nori sheet to see if it feels rough or smooth.

Garlic Sesame Nori Chips

Serves 2 to 4

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

4 (8-by-7 1/2-inch) sheets nori

2 tablespoons water


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