Onigirazu Rice ‘Sandwich’

Onigiri is a Japanese snack made from rice that’s shaped into a ball and  filled with a tasty ingredient. Onigirazu is onigiri that’s wrapped in seaweed, which makes it even easier—and more fun—to eat. It also travels really well, making it a great on-the-go snack!

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Hands-on time: 40   |    Total time: 60   |    Makes: 2 Servings


Plastic wrap
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)


2 sheets nori
2 cups freshly cooked short-grain white, sushi, or brown rice, slightly cooled
2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
2 pinch kosher salt
2 large fresh basil leaves or small lettuce leaves


  1. Put each nori sheet on a piece of plastic wrap about twice the size of the nori sheet.
  2. Wet your fingers with cold water (this will keep the rice from sticking to your hands). Put 1⁄2 cup rice in the center of each sheet and form it into a diamond shape. Sprinkle each with half the sesame seeds and half the salt. Put one basil leaf on top of each and/or whatever other fillings you’re using (see “Get Creative” below).
  3. Top each with another 1⁄2 cup rice, form a matching diamond shape, and press down slightly with your wet fingers.
  4. To make each “sandwich,” take two opposite corners of the nori and bring them into the center, then take the other two corners and bring them in so that you have a square package. Wrap tightly in the plastic wrap. Let rest 1 minute, then cut in half, or refrigerate up to overnight

Try filling each onigirazu with:

  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 fried egg
  • 2 thin slices cooked chicken
  • 2 thin cucumber slices
  • 2 slices smoked salmon
  • 2 tablespoons shredded raw or pickled cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon pickled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon shredded carrot