How to Prepare Sea Moss (the right way!!) + How to Make Sea Moss Gel

by Capri Lilly

Sea moss, also known as Irish Sea Moss, is an incredible superfood with a wide range of health benefits! It’s been lauded for its immense health benefits for years! Making Sea Moss Gel is incredibly easy and has so many uses! 

How to Make Sea Moss Gel

What is Sea Moss?

 

Sea moss, also known as Irish Sea Moss, is an incredible superfood with a wide range of health benefits! It is a type of algae native to the Atlantic shorelines of the Caribbean Islands, North America, Europe.

Dried Raw Irish Sea Moss
Raw Dried Sea Moss (before soaking)

Benefits of Sea Moss

Sea Moss is rich in amino acids, vitamin c, vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals. It actually contains 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need like zinc, iodine, iron, and more!

 

Because it is a mucilaginous food (sticky and thick), it helps soothe the mucus membranes in the body and rid your body of any excess mucus. It is especially helpful in reducing congestion and clearing out phlegm buildup in the lungs, which is great for respiratory health–especially when you are dealing with a cold.  Sea Moss is also a prebiotic and helps to get rid of bad bacteria in the gut, which further increases digestive health. 

 

Not only is it great for your body to ingest, but It is also great for your skin. I am sure you have heard of the recent sea moss facial trends. Because of its high vitamin and mineral content, sea moss is great when applied directly to the skin. It helps improve eczema, psoriasis, and acne outbreaks.

How to Prepare Sea Moss

It is important to first, clean the sea moss and remove any sea debris, dirt, or particles. When handling sea moss always make sure your hands are clean as to not contaminate the sea moss and be sure to use purified water.

Cleaned Sea Moss (before soaking)
Cleaned Sea Moss (before soaking)

I recommend cleaning your sea moss twice to make sure it is cleaned thoroughly. Simply place your dried sea moss in a large bowl, cover it with water, and massage the sea moss. Be sure to remove any visible dirt and debris.

Soaked Irish Sea Moss
Soaked Sea Moss

After cleaning the sea moss, place the sea moss in a large bowl and cover it with purified water. Make sure all the parts of the sea moss are covered. Then, cover the sea moss and allow it to soak for at least 12-24 hours.

Once it is done soaking it will have expanded as it has absorbed the water. It is now ready to use. You can leave the sea moss in this state and use as needed, or prepare a sea moss gel (highly recommended). 

Soaked Sea Moss
Soaked Sea Moss (ready for use)

How to Make Sea Moss Gel

Making sea moss gel is super easy! Once you have your soaked sea moss, remove the sea moss from the liquid, and transfer it to a clean, dry plate. Do not discard the water because this water, which now contains tons of nutrients from the sea moss, will be used to make the gel.

  • Measure out how much sea moss you want to use. The quantity of sea moss you used will result in at least double the amount once it is in gel form. 
  • Add the sea moss to a high-powered blender along with the water. You will need to add double the amount of water for the amount of sea moss. (So, 2 cups sea moss = 4 cups water) 
  • Blend until it is smooth, about 1-3 minutes. Transfer the Sea Moss into an airtight container/mason jar, and refrigerate. The sea moss gel will thicken in the fridge after 2 hours.
Close up of Sea Moss Gel

How to store Sea Moss And How long does sea moss gel last

Sea Moss Gel: Store in an airtight container. It can last in the fridge for 2-3 weeks (sometimes longer). You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can also pour it into an ice-cube tray and freeze the sea moss for later use. This is perfect for taking the cubes and throwing them into your smoothies.

Dry Sea Moss (unsoaked and raw) can be stored for up to one year in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

How to make Irish Sea Moss Gel

How to use Sea Moss in a Smoothie

  • You can put the soaked sea moss directly into a smoothie, about ¼ of a cup
  • Or you can add some sea moss gel 2 tablespoons up to ⅓ cup.

Uses of sea moss gel:

Sea moss does not have a taste (at all), which is why I love it so much and why it can be added to a variety of foods! 

Try using sea moss  gel in your:

  • Smoothies
  • Juices
  • To replace a thickening agent in cooking
  • As a salad dressing
  • Dip for fruit 
  • Face Mask
  • Hair Mask
Chocolate Raspberry Sea Moss Smoothie
Here's my Chocolate Raspberry Sea Moss Smoothie. SO GOOD!
Print Recipe
5 from 5 votes

How to Prepare Sea Moss

Sea moss, also known as Irish Sea Moss, is an incredible superfood with a wide range of health benefits! It’s been lauded for its immense health benefits for years! Making Sea Moss Gel is incredibly easy and has so many uses!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 5 mins
Course: Sauce or Marinade
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Healthy Options, Vegan
Keyword: how to make sea moss gel, How to prepare sea moss, irish sea moss, sea moss
Servings: 16 ounces
Calories: 10.1kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dried Raw Irish Sea Moss
  • 2 cups Purified Water

Instructions

  • Place the dried sea moss in a large bowl, cover it with water, and massage the sea moss. Be sure to remove any visible dirt and debris. Drain and repeat this step once more.
  • Place the sea moss in a large bowl and cover it with purified water. Make sure all the parts of the sea moss are covered. Allow the sea moss to soak for 12-24 hours. (at room temperature)
  • Add the sea moss to a high-powered blender along with the water. ou will need to add double the amount of water for the amount of sea moss. (So, 1 cup of sea moss = 2 cups water) 
  • Blend until it is smooth, about 1-3 minutes. Transfer the Sea Moss into an airtight container/mason jar, and refrigerate. The sea moss gel will thicken in the fridge after 2 hours.

Video

Notes

  • Sea Moss can last in the fridge for 2-3 weeks (sometimes longer).
  • You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • You can also pour it into an ice-cube tray and freeze the sea moss for later use. This is perfect for taking the cubes and throwing them into your smoothies.
  • Add 2 tablespoons up to 1/3 cup of Sea Moss to your favorite Smoothie

Where did I get my Sea Moss

I got my sea moss from Donatasco. (not an affiliate link). Always make sure you get your sea moss from a reputable source.

If you would like a delicious Irish Sea Moss Smoothie Recipe, try this one!

Chocolate Raspberry Sea Moss Smoothies. Loaded with tons of antioxidants, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and more! 

Cacao Sea Moss Smoothie

You can also join me on my Smoothie Series, starting with this delicious Wellness Smoothie!

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7 comments

Beth Pierce May 22, 2020 - 5:07 pm

5 stars
This is interesting! I’d have to try this!

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Emily Liao May 22, 2020 - 5:10 pm

5 stars
I’ve always wanted to learn how to make this! Thanks for the easy breakdown of the steps. Can’t wait to try!

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Capri Lilly May 22, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Hi Emily! I am glad you found this post helpful!

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Roxana May 22, 2020 - 5:42 pm

5 stars
This was an interesting post. Was good to learn about sea moss. And to know about the benefits.

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Tara May 22, 2020 - 5:48 pm

5 stars
Oh wow! I haven’t worked with sea moss before. I love all those health benefits! Will have to try using it in a smoothie.

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Capri Lilly May 22, 2020 - 6:54 pm

It is great in smoothies! Especially because you can’t taste it!

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Andrea Metlika May 22, 2020 - 6:03 pm

5 stars
I had no idea of the health benefits of sea moss. I really need to try this.

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