There are so many ways to use Atlantic Dulse in every day meals, we have just brainstormed at least 8! Atlantic Dulse is a red seaweed that grows naturally throughout the Atlantic, so it’s typically referred to as ‘Atlantic Dulse’. It has been used in food and medicine for centuries for wellbeing – from ancient times all the way through to modern day.
Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the sea vegetable pool, or seaweed has been a staple of your diet for years, there are endless ways to use this seaweed in a variety of ways in your kitchen, whilst enjoying and reaping the health benefits it offers. It’s unique flavour will transform your meals and have a positive impact on your health!
Atlantic Dulse – A Wild Harvested and Sustainable Seaweed
Harvested from the wild in the northeast of America, Ireland and Iceland, Atlantic Dulse is a sea vegetable which grows in abundance and is a highly sustainable food source, requiring no additional water or fertilizer to grow. Our harvesters air dry it naturally, immediately after harvesting, to preserve its freshness for consumption, which preserves the nutrients. Because it is rich in minerals and nutrients as well as being naturally salty, dried Dulse has a long shelf life if stored in an air tight container in a pantry.
Use Atlantic Dulse – It is a ‘Superfood’ Sea Vegetable
Dulse has been enjoying a revival in kitchens around the globe in recent years – dubbed ‘the next kale’ and used as ‘vegan bacon’ due to its naturally smoky flavour.
Dulse has earned it’s credentials as a ‘superfood’ due to its dense nutrient content. In years past, people would use Atlantic Dulse as a natural remedy for scurvy, goiter and overall malnutrition. With its renewed popularity, we are rediscovering this uniquely delicious and versatile sea vegetable, which can be purchased as both dulse flakes or leaves for convenience.
Dried Atlantic Dulse leaves are often eaten as a raw salty, savoury snack with no cooking required. It also makes a great mineral-rich substitute for salt if you are on a low-sodium diet – not only does dulse contain lower sodium levels for improved health, but it also offers greater quantities of minerals than regular salt. Dulse is also an excellent source of plant protein (around 20%) so it makes a great choice for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone else looking to incorporate the ocean’s superfood into their diet, with a high iodine content for thyroid health which can only be absorbed through our food. Dulse offers excellent iodine and can also be used as a source of iron, magnesium and potassium. It’s also said to contain Vitamins A, B12, C and E plus Omega 3.*
Wellness advocate and bestselling author of the Medical Medium, Anthony William, has spotlighted Dulse as an incredible ingredient for health and wellbeing, including as a great addition to smoothies to assist with heavy metal detoxing.
8 Mouth Watering Ways to Use Atlantic Dulse in Your Meals
Considered one of the best-tasting varieties of sea vegetables for those new to the world of marine gastronomy, dulse seaweed has a mild smoky flavour and, when roasted or fried, has a naturally plant-based ‘bacon’ flavour due to it being a rich umami source. With endless ways to prepare and enjoy dulse, make this versatile sea vegetable a pantry staple.
Depending on how it is prepared, the taste and texture of dulse can vary. Eaten on its own, it is quite salty, so when cooked with other ingredients it adds seasoning and an umami depth of flavour.
Texturally, dulse tends to be soft and chewy with thin leaves that don’t need soaking before eating. When used in soups and stews, the leafy seaweed texture becomes smooth and buttery, melting into the other flavours in the dish, whereas when used it baking, its flavour tends to intensify. Dulse flakes are especially good for imparting natural salt flavour into your cooking as they blend easily into any dish.
Here are our 8 favourite ways to use Atlantic Dulse
Here are our 8 Favourite Ways to Use Atlantic Dulse
- Dulse pairs well with eggs, white fish, dairy products, starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes. Try it with capers, onions, bread and grains.
- Add flakes or leaves raw to salads, tartare, slaw, pickles, pesto, tapenade or dressings.
- Add Dulse flakes to soups, stews, chowder, fish pies or add as a garnish to fish, vegetables, or sautéed in butter.
- Bake in biscuits, breads or crumble over savoury dishes.
- Fry Atlantic Dulse with spices or nuts and seeds – don’t make the heat too high or you will damage the nutrients. The flavour will evolve as you heat it too!
- Make a vegan DLT (Dulse Lettuce Tomato) by pan-frying dulse sea lettuce leaves for a smoky, naturally salty taste paired with garden lettuce and tomato slices.
- Use in place of tea for smoking fish, mushrooms or chicken.
- Add it to a cleansing smoothie! This is perhaps the most common use for Atlantic Dulse, but its such a versatile seaweed ~ let your imagination run wild!
Try Our Manuka Smoked Dulse Flakes for A Flavour Sensation!
Pacific Harvest has launched a range of Manuka Smoked Dulse flakes which have a subtly sweetness and smoky richness – an ideal ingredient to add extraordinary flavour and additional nutrients to pasta, fish, meat or vegetarian dishes – use in savoury baking, soups or stews.
Try these tried and tested recipes which all use Atlantic Dulse
Try these tried and tested Dulse recipes we have collected over the years, and please share your creations with us!
- Dulse or Smoked Dulse Focaccia Bread
- Atlantic Dulse Smoothie with Berries & Irish Moss
- Dulse is beautiful with avocado!
- Dulse Chips
- Vegan Potato Cake with Dulse
- Roasted Mushroom, Feta and Smoked Dulse Pasta
- Easy Fish Pie with Dulse
- Dulse Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich (DLT)
- Baked Goats Cheese with Dulse
- Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Kelp and Dulse
- Dulse & Cheese Scones
- Seaweed Popcorn Seasoning
Read our Dulse blog articles
- Health benefits of Dulse – Why Eat Dulse
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog article is intended to inspire and inform. It has been gathered after years of working with this amazing seaweed. It is not a replacement for personalised medical advice. Please consult a healthcare practitioner if you require tailored health advice.