Onigiri, which literally translates into “rice ball” in Japanese, is one of my favorite simple Japanese meals & snacks! Jonathan and I attempted to make some the other night, and as you can see from the photo, my onigri looks much prettier than his (the one on the left)… We had a competition… and his roommate said he won, rolls eyes.
You will need:
- Rice (for sushi rice style, also need mirin, sugar, and rice vinegar)
- Desired filling (vegetable or meat)*
- Nori sheets
- Wax paper (used for rice ball rolling purposes)
- Furikake (optional)
*You can use any kind of filling you’d like, but we chose to use teriyaki beef and teriyaki tuna.
- Cook rice (for sushi rice, mix in extra ingredients after rice is done)
- Once the rice is cool enough, place a spoonful and a half onto wax paper
- Place filling in the center of rice and roll into rice ball
- With some gentle strength, shape into triangle
- Add nori sheet to the outside
- Add some furikake atop for some nice aesthetics!
Nom nom nom - itadakemasu!