Rice balls are also called "Onigiri" in Japanese.

I like to make all kinds of different foods, even if it doesn’t come out pretty it still tastes the same… Yummy!

Here is what you need:

  • Japanese or Sushi Rice (cook according to package)
  • Fillings of your choice, I used:
    • Spicy Tuna (I prefer canned skipjack tuna, mix in siracha and Japanese mayo, garlic powder to taste)
    • Red Peppers
    • Carrots
    • Green Peppers
    • Green Onions
    • Cucumbers
    • Sesame Seeds

Follow directions on the package for cooking the rice (rice cooker is not necessary ha ha). Rice was prepared first allowing it time to cool. This is essential to handle and mold the rice. Spread rice on a cutting board to speed the cooling process and gently flip the rice, so it cools throughout.

While the rice is cooling, finely chop all veggies and prepare the tuna. Wet your hands or use plastic wrap to mold the rice balls into shape. I could not get them into the super cute little triangles you will see when others do it, so I just focused on making sure all my filling was inside the rice ball. Use your thumb to press a dimple in the rice (I found a small spoon that worked great). This is where the mixture goes. Cover with a little more rice and form the ball. When complete you can roll the ball in sesame seeds or more veggies.

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This is just something fun/creative we like to do from time to time. If it’s a fail, or because you lack the patience that day, just make a rice bowl; it’s all the same ingredients without the extra work.