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Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls)

Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls)

Yaki Onigiri are grilled rice balls and we’ve amplified the flavour with our unique Japanese seasoning. With a crispy crust and slightly sticky sushi rice on the inside, this is so easy to make at home!

  • Easy
  • 6

This recipe uses:

Sushi Rice

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Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls)




  • 120g Sushi Rice
  • 300ml cold water
  • 2 level teaspoons Sushi seasoning
  • 3 tbsps soy sauce, plus extra for dipping
  • A little oil for cooking


  1. Add the rice and the water to a pan. Bring to the boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes

  2. Remove pan from the heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes

  3. Sprinkle over the Sushi seasoning and stir through

  4. Leave to cool for a few minutes until you can comfortably handle the rice

  5. Divide the mix into 6 even portions

  6. Mould each portion into a triangular shape squeezing the rice well to compact it.

  7. Add a tsp of oil to a griddle pan. Heat until hot. Place the Onigiri into the pan and griddle for 5- 7 minutes. Turn over and grill the other side for 5-7minutes.

  8. Remove from the pan and coat both sides with soy sauce. Return to the pan for 3-4 minutes to crisp up

  9. Remove from the griddle pan and serve with a soy sauce to dip

  10. If desired the Onigiri can have a filling such as pickled radish or Sushi Ginger. When forming the shapes press filling into the middle and ensure it is well hidden in the centre

  11. Can also be served with other dips of your choice such as Siracha mayonnaise or Sweet Chilli