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Onigirazu Rice ‘Sandwich’



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!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 Servings

kitchen gear

  • 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 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 2 large fresh basil leaves or small lettuce leaves


  • Put each nori sheet on a piece of plastic wrap about twice the size of the nori sheet.
  • 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).
  • Top each with another 1⁄2 cup rice, form a matching diamond shape, and press down slightly with your wet fingers.
  • 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
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