How to Make Onigiri Recipe
This onigiri recipe makes for the perfect snack or lunch, no matter the occasion.
If you are not familiar with onigiri, they are balls of rice shaped in triangles wrapped with “nori”, or seaweed, with or without filling.
Traditionally, they have fillings of grilled salmon, salted cod roe, tuna mayonnaise, Japanese pickled plum, etc. But, feel free to use whatever ingredients you like.
Ingredients for Japanese Rice Balls
- Japanese sushi rice
- Rice vinegar (optional)
- White sesame
- Tobiko or fish roe
- If you like your sushi rice seasoned with rice vinegar like sushi, add some rice vinegar to your onigiri recipe
- You can also add Furikake, or Japanese seasonings, to add flavor to the rice
Frequently Asked Questions
What does onigiri taste like?
Onigiri is basically a lightly seasoned rice ball, which is flavored with salt.
Do you eat onigiri cold?
These rice balls are similar to sandwiches in that you can take them to eat anywhere, so there is no need to eat them warm. They can be eaten cold, warm, or room temperature.
How many calories?
This onigiri recipe has 114 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
This meal is best served on its own. For a wholesome Japanese meal, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 1 cup Japanese sushi rice
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, optional
- 2 tablespoons Furikake, bottled Japanese seasoning
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch white sesame
- toasted seaweed
- 1 tablespoon Tobiko or fish roe
- Cook the rice using a rice cooker. Let cool.
- Add the rice vinegar (if using), Furikake, salt and white sesame to the rice. Stir to mix well.
- Using a triangle Onigiri mold or your hand, shape the rice into six (6) triangle rice balls. Wrap the bottom part of the rice balls with the seaweed. Top with the Tobiko. Serve immediately.
Serving Size6 people
Amount Per Serving Calories 114Sodium 2mgCarbohydrates 25gProtein 2g