Yaki Onigiri, meaning “grilled rice balls”, are a simple and delicious way to switch up your lunch or dinner side dish rather than just a plain old bowl of rice! They’re also much more portable and easy to eat on the go! These Yaki Onigiri are even coated in a very tasty Miso Butter Sauce to make them even better and more yummy!
Onigiri is a classic, staple dish in Japan that most Japanese people pack in their bento boxes or buy from the convenience store for lunch. I don’t know why but onigiri just tastes so much better than plain rice in a bowl, even though it’s just that rice rolled into a triangle. My favourite type of onigiri that I love to buy from the grocery store or convenience stores, like Lawson or Family Mart, is the ones that are filled with grilled salmon; they are the best! There’s heaps of different types of onigiri flavours so everyone always has something they’ll like. These Yaki Onigiri are another different type of onigiri that are grilled, which make them crispy on the outside and so delicious!
Onigiri is perfect to take for lunch or as a snack because they’re so convenient to eat on the go or when you don’t have much time to sit and eat because they’re so portable and not messy to eat. You can even make a batch on the weekend, wrap them up, and freeze them so you have a tasty side dish all ready for your lunch everyday; just heat them up and you’re good to go! If you don’t like miso or can’t find it, you can always just make with a plain soy sauce flavour, which tastes just as good!
If you have any trouble making the Onigiri shapes (they’re a little trickier than they seem), here’s a little guide to help you!
- 2 cups uncooked rice
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp miso
- ½ tbsp mirin
- ½ tbsp sake
- ½ tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp water
- Shiso leaves, Sesame seeds, and Chives for garnish
- Cook the rice by following the instructions as per your rice cooker.
- While the rice is being cooked, put all the miso paste ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.
- Divide the cooked rice into 6 portions.
- Shape and squish the rice in a piece of saran wrap into a triangle shape.
- Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add 1 tsp of butter per one Onigiri rice ball.
- Grill the Onigiri for about 1 minute on each side and coat with the butter.
- Brush the miso paste over each side of the rice balls and grill each side until crispy.
- Serve with the garnishes.