Last Updated: May 24, 2021
One of the best things I love about Japan is their convenience stores. Talk about a treasure trove of goodies and treats. Well, if you’ve read my Tamago Sando recipe, you already know how much I love my Japanese convenience store finds. This time, we are going to make another favourite, onigiri—and grilled ones at that. You get a chewy and crispy top layer followed by a soft, fluffy interior—it’s utter bliss and so easy to make.
So, here is how to make yaki onigiri and the best part, you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry.
Cooking time: 30 minutes (cooking the rice) + 10 minutes (assembly) + 10 to 15 minutes cooking
Step 1: Cook your rice as per usual, and once the rice is cooked, set it aside to cool. Make sure to fluff with a fork before you set it to cool.
Step 2: Once the rice is cool enough to handle, prepare a bowl of water and wet both your hands so that the rice doesn’t stick.
Step 3: The portion of rice should make about six to eight rice balls, depending on how big you want them to be. Scoop about a palm-sized portion of the rice and gently shape it with your hands.
Step 4: Cup the rice with one hand to form a triangle shape. If you would like to fill the onigiri, when you scoop a portion of rice onto your hand, spread the rice and make a small indentation.
Here, I use mentaiko as my filling, but you can use salmon flakes or seasoned konbu. At this point, you can have your onigiri just like with a piece of seaweed wrapped around it.
Step 5: Then, mould the rice to cover the filling completely. Repeat the process with the rest of your rice and fillings. Set your onigiris aside.
Step 6: Pour the oil onto your frying pan or grill and set it to medium heat. Grill your onigiris until they are crispy and golden brown on one side. This might take about 5 to 7 minutes.
Step 7: Then, lower the heat and brush the toasted sides with soya sauce. Once you have brushed all sides of your onigiri with soya sauce, remove from the heat and enjoy.
Well, there you have it. The savoury crunch is irresistible and would be even better if you did this over a charcoal grill for a touch of that smoky aftertaste. It’s a simple recipe to make and so immensely flavourful. This moreish little snack is sure to impress and perhaps be the salve to soothe as we continue to dream of Japan.
Expected damage: S$3 – S$6 per portion
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