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grilled rice ball

  • Makes: 4
  • Calories: 207 kcal
  • Total Time: 1 h 20 m
    • Prep: 1 h 10 m
    • Cook: 10 m
  • Japanese: Yaki-onigiri
Grilled Rice Ball
Step 1

step 1:

Wet both hands. Place 1 serving hot rice in one hand.

Step 2

step 2:

Bend the other hand. Cover the rice with the bended hand and press down.

Step 3

step 3:

Shape the rice into a rough triangle. Move it around several times.

Step 4

step 4:

Grill the rice balls on low heat on a net placed over the stove burner, or sear them in a frying pan on low heat. After they change color, grill (or sear) the opposite side.

Step 5

step 5:

After the side changes color, spread the top side of the rice balls with soy sauce, using a cooking brush which has been soaked in soy sauce. Turn over and also spread the opposite side with soy sauce.

step 6:

Repeat Step 5 for each rice ball.



Rice balls are often eaten cold; however this rice ball is usually eaten hot. The surface of the rice ball is crisp and the interior is fluffy, which gives it a unique taste.