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Easy Yaki Onigiri

Prep Time:

5 Minutes

Cook Time:

10 Minutes


4 Servings



About the Recipe

So you have some leftover Japanese rice. What to do? One option is to form the rice into cute little triangular balls and grill or fry them until they are hot again. But what if you think that turning out those perfectly formed shapes is beyond you? Here's the solution - an onigiri mould. If you want perfectly formed onigiri riceballs with minimum hassle, here's how.


320g cooked Japanese rice

1/8 tsp salt

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

a little veg oil

8 tsp soy sauce

an onigiri mould (you can buy these quite cheaply online if you don’t have one)


add the sesame seeds & salt to the cooked rice in a bowl and gently mix

wet the onigiri mould slightly, then fill with the rice

put the lid on the mould and press down firmly

tap the mould and knock the onigiri out (don’t panic if it doesn’t come out at once - just tap a few more times and it will appear)

repeat for your other onigiri

heat and add a little oil to a hot frying pan, wipe the oil around the pan with kitchen paper 

cook the onigiri for 3-4 mins or until lightly browned on the bottom

turn the onigiri over and cook for a further 3-4 mins

lastly pour 2 tsp of soy sauce over each onigiri and they are ready to serve

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