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Onigiri Recipe

Onigiri, also known as Japanese rice balls, are a traditional Japanese snack or meal consisting of seasoned rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). This versatile dish can be filled with a variety of ingredients such as pickled plum, salmon, or tuna.

Onigiri Recipe
Onigiri Recipe


- 2 cups of Japanese short-grain rice

- 2 1/2 cups of water

- 1/4 cup of rice vinegar

- 2 tablespoons of sugar

- 1 teaspoon of salt

- Fillings of your choice (e.g. pickled plum, salmon, tuna)

- Nori sheets (optional)


1. Rinse the rice: Place the rice in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Gently agitate the rice with your hands, then drain the water. Repeat this process 2-3 times until the water runs clear.

2. Cook the rice: In a rice cooker, combine the rinsed rice and water. Cook according to the manufacturer's instructions. Alternatively, you can cook the rice on the stovetop by bringing the rice and water to a boil, then reducing the heat to low and simmering for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let the rice steam for an additional 10 minutes.

3. Prepare the seasoning: In a small saucepan, combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Heat over low heat until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

4. Season the rice: Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl and gently fold in the seasoning mixture until well combined. Allow the rice to cool slightly.

5. Form the onigiri: Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking, then take a small handful of rice and shape it into a triangle or oval shape. Make an indentation in the center of the rice and place your desired filling inside. Cover the filling with more rice and shape into a smooth ball.

6. Wrap with nori (optional): If using nori, cut a sheet into strips and wrap it around the onigiri to secure the shape.

7. Serve and enjoy: Onigiri can be eaten warm or at room temperature. They are perfect for a quick snack, bento lunch, or on-the-go meal.

Onigiri is a versatile and customizable snack that can be enjoyed by everyone. Experiment with different fillings and shapes to create your own unique variations of this classic Japanese treat.

Enjoy your homemade onigiri!

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