Onigiri Recipe: Delicious Japanese Rice Balls

Learn how to make traditional Onigiri, the delicious Japanese rice balls, with this easy and quick recipe. Perfect for a quick snack or a light meal.

Onigiri, also known as Japanese rice balls, are a traditional and popular snack in Japan. They are typically filled with a variety of ingredients such as pickled plum, salmon, or tuna, and are often wrapped in seaweed. These savory treats are not only delicious but also convenient, making them the perfect snack or light meal on the go. In this recipe, we will guide you through the process of making Onigiri at home.


  • 2 cups of sushi rice
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 sheet of seaweed
  • Optional fillings: pickled plum, salmon, tuna, etc.


  1. Rinse the sushi rice in cold water several times until the water runs clear.
  2. Cook the rice in a pot with 2 cups of water, following the package instructions.
  3. Combine the salt, rice vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Stir the rice gently until the mixture is evenly distributed.
  5. Let the rice cool to room temperature.

Making the Onigiri:

  1. Take a small amount of rice and shape it into a ball in your hand.
  2. Flatten the ball and make a well in the center.
  3. Fill the well with your desired filling.
  4. Close the edges of the rice around the filling, shaping the Onigiri into a ball or triangle shape.
  5. Wrap the Onigiri in a sheet of seaweed.

    Tips and Tricks:

    • Use warm water to rinse the rice to help it cook evenly.
    • Make sure to let the rice cool completely before shaping it into Onigiri.
    • Use plastic wrap or wet hands to prevent the rice from sticking to your hands while shaping.
    • Experiment with different fillings to find your favorite flavor combination.


    • Onigiri can also be shaped into cylindrical or rectangular shapes.
    • Instead of wrapping the Onigiri in seaweed, you can also use soy sauce or a mixture of soy sauce and mirin as a dipping sauce.

    Onigiri is a simple and delicious snack that can be made with a variety of fillings. With this recipe, you can enjoy the flavors of Japan in the comfort of your own home. Try making Onigiri today and see for yourself why it’s a popular snack in Japan!

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