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ONIGIRI RECIPE by orangefruits ONIGIRI RECIPE by orangefruits

ONIGIRI RECIPEby orangefruits

ONIGIRI :pointr:Print Available Here:pointl:

Onigiri (also known as omusubi) is a Japanese snack, that is very tasty and easy to make.

I have written this recipe using the easiest methods available and is my first recipe so I am sorry if it’s hard to understand. But i felt i needed to do this after i got quite a few questions about how to make these lovely snacks.

WARNING: Please remember to be careful when cooking; get a parent or guardian to help you.


1 Cup of Japanese Sushi Rice
Japanese rice is different to normal rice, it is shorter and goes sticky once boiled, it sadly isn’t very easy to find in English supermarkets, though I have seen it in the ‘world section’ at Tesco in small bags, sometimes it’s available in local Chinese stores and it is always available from Japan Centre. But wherever you get it from, you have to make sure it is Japanese rice, otherwise it won’t stick together.

Sachets of Furikake
Furikake is a rice seasoning available in many flavours from Japan Centre. It can come it singular sachets, bigger sachets, multipacks and small glass jars. I would recommend a multipack if you don’t know what you like because you can then try a few different flavours.

Specialist Utensils
Onigiri/Sushi Mould
This is in the shape of a triangle and is a plastic mould that comes in various sizes and shapes; you can get them in hearts, starts, teddy bears etc. Though in this I am using the traditional triangle. You can buy moulds from various places on the internet, here is a triangle one from JBOX



Quick Guide
Boil some Japanese rice, strain but don’t wash, add furikake and put it in onigiri mould, pop it out and enjoy.

Step by Step Guide
1. Get a saucepan and get some water boiling, I would recommend about filling the saucepan about half way up with water, otherwise it may overflow once the rice gets going.

2. Get your cup of Japanese rice and add it to the boiling water, some people recommend to wash and soak the rice before cooking it, but were going for the easy option here.

3. Boil the rice for about 5 minutes, though depending on the brand of rice it may take longer or even less time. The way I gauge it is try a bit of rice and see how it tastes (don’t burn your mouth though, blow on it first), it shouldn’t have any hard bits in it, at this point it is likely to be done, though another way to know is suddenly the water level will change as the rice expands and the bubbles will go all big and try to overflow, eeekkk! I often make a mess of the cooker at this point

4. Now drain the rice with the strainer, just poor everything in to the strainer over a sink and let it drain, DO NOT wash the rice, this will ruin the rice as Japanese sushi rice is sticky and is what helps it all join together, you don’t want to wash away the stickiness now do you. Now leave it for a few minutes to cool down a bit as the next few steps can get quite hot.

5. Put the rice into a bowl and add the furikake to your desired taste, furikake can be ordered from Japan Centre and comes in many flavours, my personal favourite being tamago which is Japanese for egg, but I always try different ones, and have so many in my cupboard.

6. Yay! the final stage, get your mould, wet it slightly first and put in the rice, do not under fill it with rice or it will fall apart and don’t over fill it because it will mush together, so I normally fill it to the top and make sure it is not heaped, use the lid of the mould to squeeze it together and leave it for a minute or two, now some moulds have leavers to push the onigiri out which is very useful. After a while you can make it without a mould but for most of us being new to this I recommend using a mould. You can of course skip this step and just have a nice bowl of furikake and rice, that’s what I normally do being lazy.

Using one cup of rice you can normally make about five pieces of onigiri, though, that does depend on the size of the mould and what you call a cup. ^^ You can also wrap a bit of nori (seaweed sheets) around the bottom of it, it looks really nice if you do that, and you can add fillings aswell, but i will talk about that once i get better t it.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Now please enjoy your home made Japanese food, and remember to be careful with hot water, get a parent or guardian to help you.

And in true Japanese style
いただきます (Itadakimasu)
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xXPoisenGardenXx Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
finally a decent recipe thank you D:
moominnarutotard Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
is there anyway i can do this without the special rice?
the-Loony Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
iŽm not sure how it is in sweden, but here in austria we occasionally have some asian supermarkets where sushi rice will be offered most certainly.
however, since sushi/nigiri/maki have become so popular, even larger supermarkets offer such sticky rice (which is the attribute youŽll need for making this food) in their exotical-food section.

of course, if none of that works for you, you could always order online, i guess?
moominnarutotard Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yeah my mom said some places have that rice so i hope i'll get soem, thanks anyway :)
the-Loony Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
no trouble ^^
Blargh37 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I've been looking for this everywhere!
duera Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you SO MUCH! :D I have searched for a recipe but have never found one i understood :( but now i have, and i think im gonna try the recipe tomorrow! ;D
MuffinOfLife Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
you forgot the part about getting yaki nori and making kawaii faces on the onigiri!!
mariafox Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
This is how I make onigiri:

Make rice. I've been doing it since I was 9 years old, twice a day by myself. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!111

Put rice in hands. Make rice ball.

Put stuff on/in it.


I love all the people/weeaboos who thought making onigiri was hard. To put it simply, onigiri is the Japanese version of a sammich. No matter how many things you put on it, it's still a sammich. For an example, you don't even need nori over your onigiri. It's like a sammich with jelly. You didn't NEED the jelly, you just chose to put it in the sammich. You could even put vomit in the rice and call it an onigiri.
CelestialGreen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh and another suggestion for people who can't find and buy Japanese sushi/sticky rice. You can also use "Arborio" rice, which is usually used to make risotto, and often simply called "risotto rice". Arborio and risotto rice have a much higher content of starch, which is the part that makes Japanese rice sticky.
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