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Grapefruit Kanten Jelly Slices

June 13, 2012

Oh, it’s been a while since I posted. Mom is in her last stages of cancer, but she has been eating – about one onigiri a day. I thought she might like something different today like this kanten dessert. It’s tart and slightly sweet, and soft which is perfect for her. Served up inside grapefruit cups and sliced, it’s also nice to look at.

I made a basic recipe for a kanten dessert in a previous post and just to recap, kanten is also called agar agar and its jelling power comes from the kanten seaweed. It’s sold as dried seaweed sticks or as a powder.

Grapefruit Kanten Jelly Slices

4 grams dried powdered kanten

1 1/4 cups water

2-3 tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)

3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (from one grapefruit)

1. Cut the grapefruit in half from top to bottom. Squeeze out the juice. You should have about 3/4 cup of juice. Scrape off the white pith on the inside of the peel taking care not to tear a hole through it.

2. Add the kanten powder to the cold water and stir well. Heat it over medium heat and stir until the kanten is completely dissolved. When the liquid begins to simmer, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat and stir in the grapefruit juice. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Pour the liquid into the grapefruit cups. If you have extra liquid, pour it into other cups or hollowed out fruit. The jelly will set in 15-30 minutes at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Fruit slices made with kanten jelly flavored with grapefruit juice.

  1. i am sure your mom would love this.

  2. A beautiful creation– The slices are so appealing and refreshing, what a good treat for your mom.

    • Thanks, Carol. My brother is in town for the week. Shoko was doing well yesterday. I hope you’re having a good day – such nice weather.

  3. I’m so sorry about your mom, what a difficult thing to go through. I’m glad that you are able to nourish her with these.

  4. Emi, cherish your mom with kanten jelly slices.

    • She also likes somen noodles – very easy to eat and digest.


  5. Ellen Gabel permalink

    They look beautiful and sound delicious. I hope you are finding the time to nourish yourself, as well as your mom, during this difficult time. I’m thinking of you.

    • Ellen, Thanks so much for the card and your thoughts. We’re taking care of her in our home now and it’s been a gift. I hope you’re doing well this summer. Can’t wait to catch up. Emi


  6. I just found your blog and find it really inspiring, i hope you will come back to it with new recipes and inspiration

    • Thank you so much! I have been in nursing school for the last two years and am almost done. I hope to get back to this blog soon, maybe this summer!

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