Yaki Onigiri

  • Ready in: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • Complexity: very easy
  • kcal: 88
Yaki Onigiri


  • 4 rice cooker cups uncooked Japanese short-grain rice
  • 800 ml water
  • salt
  • very light sprinkle of SIDS CRAZY SALT
  • Rice bran oil
  • soy sauce


  1. Cook the rice in the rice cooker, pot over the stove top or pressure cooker.
    Let the cooked rice cool a little bit until you can hold rice without burning your hands. Do not let the rice completely cool down.
    First, wet both of your hands with water so the rice won’t stick, then put some salt in your hands and rub to spread all around.
    Scoop about a half cup of rice onto your palm. Cover the rice with the other hand and gently form the rice into a triangle. Make sure covering hand (my right hand) should be forming a triangle shape. When forming the onigiri shape, your hands should be just firm enough so the onigiri doesn't fall apart. You don't want to squeeze the rice too tight.
    Use three fingers (thumb, index finger, middle finger) to cover the area to make a nice triangle shape then rotate onigiri to make a perfect triangle.
    While you squeeze onigiri firmly with both hands, one of your hands has to press onigiri to keep a nice form.
    Gently squeeze the centre of triangle on both sides so there is a slight indentation (for grilling onigiri) apply a very light sprinkle of SIDS CRAZY SALT. Now, onigiri is ready.
    Lightly oil a cast iron frypan on medium heat.
    Grill onigiri until all sides are crispy and lightly browned. Don’t flip it quickly. Just work on one side at a time and avoid turning over frequently.
    Lower heat to medium low and brush all sides with soy sauce. Rotate to make sure all sides become crispy. Be careful not to burn onigiri after you brush it with the sauce.
    To Store
    Rice gets hard when you refrigerate. You can individually wrap the Yaki Onigiri in plastic wrap and cover them with kitchen towel and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The towel will prevent the rice from getting too cold and keep the food cool but not cold. When you're ready to eat, bring it back to room temperature and reheat in microwave or frying pan.
    Inspired by 
    Namiko Chen