Kanako's Kitchen

Shiso-gohan: Rice flavored with shiso leaves

Posted in Recipe, rice by Kanako Noda on November 13, 2009

Shiso gohanI’m very much aware that non-Japanese people find plain white rice quite boring, so I’m always looking for quick little recipes that add some flavor to it. This one does that with sesame seeds and shiso leaves.

A few years ago, you would’ve had the hardest time finding the leaves, but suddenly Shiso leaves are all the rage in Western cooking, so finding these should be no problem for you.

In Japan, rice with store bought shiso-flavored furikake (“yukari”) is quite popular, but making shiso-gohan with fresh shiso leaves is much better, with a far more delicate taste. I often make shiso-gohan for guests, because this is the kind of flavor that makes you feel special.

shiso leavesIngredients (for two):


  • White rice – two bowls, cooked
  • Shiso leaves – 4 or 5
  • Sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/3rd of a teaspoon


  1. Cook white rice in the Japanese way. Take two bowls of rice in a bigger bowl.
  2. Mix shiso leaves, sesame seeds and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Add the shiso mixswith into the bowls of rice. Mix thoroughly.

shiso cut mix shiso, sesame and salt add shiso mix

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mix thoroghly

Serve warm.

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  1. Rika said, on May 16, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Shiso!! Where do you buy them in Montreal? I have been so unlucky finding them…

  2. kanako said, on May 20, 2010 at 11:00 am

    You can find Shiso at Kim Phat.

  3. Laurie said, on February 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I live in Orange County, CA and figured I’d find them here easily (if I went to the heavily Asian populated areas). The first store (99 Ranch Market) didn’t have them, but Mitsuwa on the corner of Culver and Walnut did. Hope this helps people in my area.

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