Post Reply Cooking - Onigiri (Rice Balls)
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Posted 5/25/16 , edited 5/25/16
Learn to make one of Japanese cuisine's favourite snack foods with this onigiri recipe.

Onigiri are balls of rice, usually wrapped with nori seaweed and containing a meat or vegetable filling. Much like sandwiches in the West, onigiri are readily available in convenience stores across Japan and are great for a quick and easy snack. Aesthetically pleasing and really tasty, they are a fun and filling alternative to sandwiches for lunch.



65g cooked japanese rice
1/4 sheet nori seaweed
pinch of salt
shiso perilla leaf (optional)
sesame seeds (optional)

Possible fillings
cooked chicken
cooked salmon
tuna mayonnaise
pickled plums

How To Prepare

Begin by cooking the Japanese rice according to our sticky rice recipe .

With a small amount of salt sprinkled on your hands, mould the rice into small balls or triangles approximately 8cm wide.

Create a small hole in the centre of the rice and put in your choice of ingredients.

Using a sheet of nori seaweed, wrap up your ball of rice.

Sprinkle some sesame seeds or cut up shiso leaves on the rice for a little extra flavour (optional).

Your onigiri is now ready and will be a perfect addition to your bento lunch box.

Tips and Information

If you are not sure about making onigiri with your hands or handling hot rice you can use a piece of cling film to mould the rice.

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