Learn to make one of Japanese cuisine's favourite snack foods with this onigiri recipe. Onigiri are balls of rice, usually wrapped with nori seaweed and containing a meat or vegetable filling. Much like sandwiches in the West, onigiri are readily available in convenience stores across Japan and are great for a quick and easy snack. Aesthetically pleasing and really tasty, they are a fun and filling alternative to sandwiches for lunch.
Begin by cooking the Japanese rice according to your favourite method.
With a small amount of salt sprinkled on your hands, mould the rice into small balls or triangles approximately 8cm wide.
Create a small well in the centre of the rice and put in your choice of ingredients. Then mould the rice around the well to cover your filling completely.
Using a sheet of nori seaweed, wrap up your ball of rice.
Sprinkle some sesame seeds or cut up shiso leaves to put on the rice for a little extra flavour (optional).
Your onigiri is now ready and will be a perfect addition to your bento lunch box or as a snack.