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Yaki Onigiri recipe

Yaki Onigiri is best with the right sticky rice, you can’t just use any old rice you have in the pantry, or else the yaki onigiri won’t hold their shape and texture, and they can fall apart while you grill or fry them.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Sticky-rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 rice balls
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $5


  • Rice cooker
  • cast-iron pan



  • The first step is to cook the rice in a rice cooker for approximately 20-25 minutes or according to package instructions.
  • In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, miso paste, and dilute it with 1 tsp of water.
    Yaki onigiri recipe mix dipping sauce
  • Once the rice is cooked, wet your hands, so the rice doesn’t stick, and scoop a handful of rice into your hand. Shape the rice into a big round or oval ball. You can make any shape you prefer, including triangles, but a ball is the easiest to make, especially for beginners.
  • Once shaped, squeeze the rice ball firmly to help the rice stick and maintain its shape. You must make three rice balls.
    Yaki onigiri recipe shaping the rice triangles
  • Heat the oil in a cast-iron pan. Add half of the butter and wait until it starts to melt. Now place the three rice balls.
    Yaki onigiri recipe put oil in the pan
  • Brush the soy and miso sauce on each rice ball. Grill the onigiri for about 7 minutes on one side until they are well browned and cooked.
  • Now flip over, brush each with soy and miso sauce and add a small piece of butter on top of each. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. The butter will help the rice develop a nice crispy crust.
    Yaki onigiri recipe fry the rice triangles
  • Once ready, plate and garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.



Some people have trouble molding the rice into the desired shape because it can start to fall apart and crumble. The problem could be due to the rice, but I have a handy tip for you. Cover your palms with a light coat of potato starch, and then shape the balls. The starch helps the rice grains stick together.
If you like the flavor of toasted buttery rice, I recommend cultured butter because it delivers an authentic milky butter flavor.
You can use any miso, but I recommend a light yellow or red miso because it has less of a fermented flavor and it’s less salty.