Simple Onigiri Recipe

Simple Onigiri

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Ingredients

  • Rice (japanese)
  • Smoked salmon
  • Nori (seaweed)
  • Sesame seeds

How to make Simple Onigiri


I love onigiri.

My first trip to Japan more than four years ago afforded me many cultural insights and an incredible window in to a wonderful and mysterious world. But mainly involved me dashing from convenience store to convenience store stuffing my mouth with exotic treats whilst exclaiming: "OMG JAPAN IS SO AWSUM AND CRAZY! I AM SO EATING SEAWEED RIGHT NOW!!!1 SEAWEED!!"

Whilst the novelty of seaweed has worn off, my enthusiasm for onigiri remains, even more so now that they are widely available here in London

I am sure my version butchers thousands of years of delicate innovation in Japanese cuisine, but here is my stab at a nice healthy snack to take in to work.

  1. Bung some rice in the old cooker.
  2. I think freshly cooked rice is the best; use water to keep your fingers wet.
  3. Put a bit of rice into an onigiri mold - you should be able to pick one up for about a quid (you can get round ones and triangular ones).
  4. Stick a filling in the middle - I used smoked salmon, but I've also done tuna with a bit of mayo and a little spice.
  5. Bit more rice on top and press with the mold.
  6. Wrap or decorate with nori, furkikake, sesame seeds or whatever tickles your fancy.
  • KamanKaman
    KamanKaman says

    If you wanna kick this up a notch, you should make the rice into sushi rice with rice vinegar and some sugar. :) Awesome photo btw.

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    pretty!

  • Larph
    Larph says

    Thanks!

  • Larph
    Larph says

    I've heard of that but wasn't yet feeling that adventurous - I'll give it a shot next time! Cheers :D

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    never knew there were onigiri molds :P

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    haha yeah - you can even get novelty shape ones like hearts and stuff.

  • wiffy
    wiffy says

    Me love Onigiri too! Great photo, looks very arty ;)

  • yuukaku
    yuukaku says

    we use miso pickled garlic as the filling in ours. they are also rather simple to make with out a mold :) other good things for the outside besides nori seaweed , or sesame seeds is miso. for lots of variety, furikake is good i especially like benito types. when making sweet onigiri i don't use vinegar, and a little bit extra sugar and fill it with sweet red bean paste. itadakimasu!

  • yuukaku
    yuukaku says

    we use miso pickled garlic as the filling in ours. they are also rather simple to make with out a mold :) other good things for the outside besides nori seaweed , or sesame seeds is miso. for lots of variety, furikake is good i especially like benito types. when making sweet onigiri i don't use vinegar, and a little bit extra sugar and fill it with sweet red bean paste. itadakimasu!

  • yuukaku
    yuukaku says

    we use miso pickled garlic as the filling in ours. they are also rather simple to make with out a mold :) other good things for the outside besides nori seaweed , or sesame seeds is miso. for lots of variety, furikake is good i especially like benito types. when making sweet onigiri i don't use vinegar, and a little bit extra sugar and fill it with sweet red bean paste. itadakimasu!

  • ryuuzaki
    ryuuzaki says

    wow, they look delicious~!

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