Rice Ball (Onigiri)

Japan’s ultimate grab-and-go meal.


1 piece

  • 80g rice, cooked
  • 1/8 sheet nori
  • A pinch of salt
  • Grilled, shredded and salted salmon/Umeboshi pickled plum/Salted cod roe/Canned tuna or the filling of your choice


  1. Wet the palms of your hands and then lightly rub them with salt. Spread the rice in the palm of one hand, making a small hollow for the filling in the centre.
  2. Place the filling of your choice into the hollow and close up with rice. Any filling can be used in onigiri; the fun is making them up for yourself.
  3. Shape the rice into a triangular or ball form, and wrap the nori around it. Putting cling film or wax paper around the onigiri will help them maintain their moisture. Perfect for pack lunches!