Sesame Jellyfish Salad


I learned to love sesame-flavoured jellyfish from having it at Chinese banquets growing up. Now I make this variation of jellyfish salad with chopped or grated veggies and a spicy sesame sauce. This makes a refreshing and delicious side dish or Chinese-style shared dish. Jellyfish is flavourless, but it is delightfully crunchy and lends itself to various flavour combinations. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 9 ounces ready-to-eat shredded jellyfish

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon chili oil, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion


  1. Rinse and drain jellyfish; place into a bowl.

  2. Whisk sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, chili oil, and ginger together in a small bowl; stir into jellyfish and marinate 15 minutes.

  3. Place sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium-low heat; toast until golden, about 1 minute. Set aside to cool, about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir cilantro and green onions into jellyfish mixture; sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

You can buy ready-to-eat bagged jellyfish at Asian markets. It is best to use the kind that is simply brined rather than salted; if the bag comes with a packet of seasoning, discard the seasoning or use it for something else. If you find a package of jellyfish that has not been shredded, follow the instructions for rinsing and preparing it.

You can add anything you want to the salad in addition to or instead of the scallions and cilantro. My other variations include grated carrot, ribbons of cucumber, and crushed peanuts. Use your imagination and experiment!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
14g Fat
3g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 6271mg 273%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 46mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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