Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Moishe Lettvin 1

Like Nori rolls but triangular.

Top Review by Makironi

Variations: (use plastic food wrap to help mold it, and to keep it off your hands.) fillings: *fuji`kko (preserved sea kelp? I don't know what this is called in english) *bonito flakes (katsuobushi) mixed with soy sauce to make a paste-like filling other variations: *furikake (stuff you sprinkle on rice, like flavouring) various flavours... (furi - "shake" ka`ke -"ontop") I use this for when I make rice, and I want to have a healthy and fast snack in class (I'm a university student). I usually make a batch of rice, and then make 4 or 5 of these, using a new piece of plastic wrap each time. The piece used for each becomes the wrapping for the o`ni`gi`ri, so you can just make it and toss it (not literally...) in your bag. (^_^)


  1. Cook the rice.
  2. Keep it warm, but let it cool enough so that it won't burn your hands.
  3. Cut each nori sheet into 9 strips.
  4. Wet your hands and sprinkle them with salt to prevent the rice from sticking to them.
  5. Mold a handful of rice into a triangular shape with an indentation in the middle.
  6. Press a piece of umeboshi into the indentation you left.
  7. Wrap the rice and umeboshi in Nori strips.
  8. Serve immediately or save for later.

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