How to Make Onigirazu (Rice Ball Sandwich) Step-By-Step

  • 01 of 09

    Step 1: Place Rice on Dried Seaweed (Nori)

    How to Make Onigirazu (Rice Ball Sandwiches)
    Step-By-Step: How to Make Onigirazu (Rice Ball Sandwiches). © Judy Ung
    1. First, make sure your workspace is prepped to make onigirazu by laying a large piece of plastic wrap over a clean dry cutting board or other hard flat surface.
    2. Lay a large sheet (approximately 7 inches by 8 inches) of dried seaweed (nori) squarely on the plastic wrap.
    3. Spread about 1/2 cup steamed rice onto the center of the dried seaweed in a diamond shape, with the tip of the diamond at the top of the sheet of seaweed. (Tip: Make sure your rice paddle is moistened with water to help prevent rice...MORE from sticking.)
    4. Sprinkle dried roasted sesame seeds over the steamed rice for additional flavor (optional).
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  • 02 of 09

    Step 2: Add Fillings and Cover with Additional Rice

    How to Make Onigirazu Rice Ball Sandwiches
    How to Make Onigirazu: Step 2. © Judy Ung
    1.  Lay onigirazu fillings over the layer of rice. Use any filling for your onigirazu that you would choose for making a sandwich. For example, ham and cheese, tuna or chicken salad, egg salad etc.
    2. Next, lay additional cooked rice (about 1/2 cup) on top of the fillings. Make sure to try and maintain the diamond shape of the bottom layer of rice.
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  • 03 of 09

    Step 3: Pull One Corner of the Dried Seaweed Sheet Closed

    How to Make Onigirazu Rice Ball Sandwiches
    How to Make Onigirazu Step 3. © Judy Ung
    1. Using the plastic wrap, pull one edge of the dried seaweed sheet towards the center of the "diamond" rice.
    2. Press down to seal the seaweed to the rice, then peel back the plastic wrap.
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  • 04 of 09

    Step 4: Pull the Opposite Corner of the Dried Seaweed Sheet Closed

    How to Make Onigirazu
    How to Make Onigirazu Step 4. © Judy Ung
    1. Again, using the plastic wrap, pull the opposite corner (from the corner just sealed) of the seaweed sheet and press securely onto the rice.
    2. Peel back the plastic wrap.
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  • 05 of 09

    Step 5: Wrap the Remaining Corners of the Onigirazu

    How to Make Onigirazu
    How to Make Onigirazu Step 5. © Judy Ung
    1. Close the remaining corners of the onigirazu by folding in the dried seaweed sheet, and again peeling back the plastic wrap.
    2. When all corners are folded close, seal the onigirazu with the plastic wrap.
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  • 06 of 09

    Step 6: Seal the Onigirazu

    How to Make Onigirazu Rice Ball Sandwich
    How to Make Onigirazu Step 6. © Judy Ung

    Keep the onigirazu in the plastic wrap as it will help seal it closed. Gently press down on the onigirazu to help the dried seaweed stick to the rice and hold its shape.

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  • 07 of 09

    Step 7: Onigirazu, The Finished Product

    How to Make Onigirazu
    How to Make Onigirazu: Step 7. © Judy Ung

    The finished onigirazu looks like a square rice ball covered in dried seaweed. At this point, the onigirazu is ready to go. It can be packed in a lunch, or taken on-the-go for a snack.

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  • 08 of 09

    Step 8: Slice the Onigirazu in Half (Optional)

    How to Make Onigirazu
    How to Make Onigirazu Step 8. © Judy Ung

    With the plastic wrap still intact, slice the onigirazu in half with a sharp knife. For best results use a ceramic knife. Tip: Moisten the knife with water to prevent the rice from sticking to the knife.   

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  • 09 of 09

    Step 9: Enjoy it Now or Save it for Later

    How to Make Onigirazu
    How to Make Onigirazu Step 9. © Judy Ung

    Once your onigirazu is sliced in half, its ready to be enjoyed! Enjoy it immediately as a snack or as part of your meal. Or, save it for later by packing it in your bento lunch or just take it to go as a meal on the run. Either way, you won't be dissappointed!