Sea Veggie Tacos with Asian Sesame Dipping Sauce

Sea Veggie TacosIt’s Recipe ReDux time again, and this months theme, “Sea What You’ve Been Missing” is an ode to the “more obscure” treasures from the sea, such as little fishies {aka sardines, anchovies, and smelts} and super nutritious sea veggies such as nori, wakame, and kombu.

Being that this is a ReDux recipe, my Sea Veggie Tacos full fill two important requirements…

One, they contain a very respectable dose of nutritious ingredients {sea veggies, napa cabbage, carrots, avocado…}, and two, they are absolutely, positively delicious!

napa cabbageNapa Cabbage

Dried WakameDried Wakame

Since I’ve written before about both my sardine tasting experiment {If you have a fear of eating little fishies, I really think my simple sardines on crackers with goat cheese recipe, will put your fears to rest}, and the super duper health benefits of sea veggies {like you get in this sea veggie soup}, I will simply move on to the recipe.

Oh, and since this is a “make-your-own” creation,  if you have kiddos, they may even jump on the sea veggies wagon as well!

Here’s the recipe…

Sea Veggie Tacos with Asian Sesame Dipping Sauce

Sea Veggie Tacos with Asian Sesame Dipping Sauce
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Serves: ~10-12 tacos
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or gluten-free Tamari
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes {or to taste}
  • 1 head Napa Cabbage, core chopped off, and separated in to individual leaves
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup {re-hydrated} wakame or other sea veggie
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped avocado
  • ¾ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
  1. For the Dipping Sauce: Combine lime juice, soy/gluten-free tamari,water, sugar, and crushed red peper flakes. Stir well to combine and set aside.
  2. For the Taco Fillings: Place "toppings" {rice, sea veggies, shredded carrots, chopped avocado, chopped cilantro, and chopped peanuts} in individual serving bowls.
  3. To assemble tacos: Place 1 leaf of napa cabbage on a plate. Top with ~ 1 teaspoon each rice, sea veggies, carrots, avocado, cilantro, and peanuts. Spoon ~ 1 tablespoon dipping sauce on top. Enjoy taco style!

asian sesame dipping sauceAsian Seame Dipping Sauce

Sea Veggie TacoSea Veggie Taco

Nutrition Notes:

  • Wakame is a nutritious sea veggie with a delicate flavor.  I used Ohsawa brand.  To get 1 cup of rehydrated wakame, use approximately 25 grams dried.  To learn more about the health benefits of sea veggies, please read this post.
  • Napa cabbage, like all cabbages is a cruciferous veggie which may be protective against cancer, particularly breast, colon, and prostate cancers.  It is pale green in color has a delicious mild flavor, and adds a nice dose of crunch to your favorite recipes.

These sea veggie tacos are naturally gluten-free, plus they are vegan as wellSea Veggie Taco with Asian sesame dipping sauceFor more little fishy and sea veggie inspiration, please be sure and check out all the other delicious Recipe ReDux creations linked below.

Do you eat sea veggies? What about "little fishies"?  What's the craziest taco combination you've ever eaten???

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  1. EA – these look swimmingly delicious! I love the food theme for the month, too. And fortunately, there are so many other sea options besides sardines! 😉 Your sea veggie tacos will be showing up in my lunch box very soon! Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  2. This looks so delicious, can’t wait to try! I love lettuce wrap tacos…allows me to eat much bigger portions! 😉

  3. Wow, those look delicious. I want to drink that chili sauce!

  4. Great idea! Love Mexican food! Great way to incorporate the sea veggies into it. Thanks!

  5. This looks yummy and your blog is beautiful! I love it!

  6. Oh this is totally, amazingly genius!! Would love to make this one day!:)


  8. Sounds delicious!!! I’m doing a vegetarian demo today at work, with cabbage, and did you know that one medium head of cabbage has 8 grams of protein?! Crazy, right??

  9. Wow, this looks incredible!
    When getting this challenge, I remember thinking I hadn’t tried any of these foods. I can’t wait to make this.

  10. I knew you wouldn’t disappoint with this ReDux challenge! Wow, do these look amazing and will definitely help me expand my sea veggie horizons, which I like, I just never cook with them vs. order out Japanese food. Still warming to most little fishies too but all the ReDux posts are very inspiring to help me branch out!

  11. OMG this looks so yummy and refreshing! I’m sure it’s fun to do with the kids 🙂

  12. I need to get my hands on sea veggies, since you always praise them so much! Oh and that dipping sauce looks too die for!

  13. Thanks for the wakame lesson. I think we call Napa cabbage wombok? Is it Chinese cabbage?

  14. You make everything look like I want to gobble it up, right now!!! It looks so light and refreshing and intriguing and what a great twist on the standard ‘taco.’ I bet the tamari sauce is killer. Thanks for the lesson in sea veggies…you have posted using this (Wakame) before, correct??

    • Thanks Teri 🙂 Yes, I have posted about sea veggies before and have a recipe for sea veggie soup on my blog. For that one I used a different type of sea veggie. It’s amazing, once you start eating sea veggies, to find out how much variety is in our oceans!

  15. Impressed with the sea veggie (and fishy) assignment. There are some seaweeds I love and i use bonito flakes to make dashi but for the most part this is still a category of food I am trying to like. Can’t wait to check out the other ideas. Pretty pictures as usual.

    • Thanks Lauren! yes, so many great sea veggie and little fishy posts to check out this month. The one I really want to try is the Nori popcorn-sounds fun! I’ve never tried bonito before-will add it to my next shopping list!

  16. Delicious! I’m always looking for more ways to wrap things in lettuce 🙂

  17. I’ve been getting into sea veggies lately as well, they are such a great natural source of iodine.

  18. Oooh delicious! And so healthy! My vegan friends would love this recipe

  19. These look great! I’ve been wanting to find more recipes to include sea veggies and fermented foods. Have you ever tried natto? I’ve heard it tastes awful, but super good for you. I do like sardines too.

  20. These look like a refreshing way to expand my sea veggie palate. I’m also excited about the spicy dipping sauce!

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