This is a sponsored post. Kewpie USA was kind enough to send me a box of mayonnaise and some salad dressings and this was one of the dishes that I’ve prepared with their products. If you haven’t heard of Kewpie before, it’s well known for it’s mayonnaise, which is richer and creamier than it’s American counterparts. They also make great salad dressings, one of my favorites being the sesame one. Give them a try if you want to add some Japanese flavor to your food!
Omusubi（おむすび）are delicious hand size rice balls with savory fillings.
Omusubi （おむすび） are one of my favorite Japanese snacks.
If you have ever been to a convenience （コンビニ） store in Japan, you might have seen these in the food section.
Some of the food court stalls in department stores might sell these too.
Omusubi are basically balls of plain or seasoned rice.
Sometimes they are stuffed with things like umeboshi (picked plum), salted salmon, tuna with mayo, mentaiko (salted cod roe), beef, and many other fillings.
My favorites are umeboshi, tuna and salmon.
Making omusubi is as simple as making cooked rice!
After that, all you need to do is shape the rice and add a filling in between. The shaping is probably the hardest part.
Sometimes you don’t even need to add a filling.
If you have a Japanese market or search on Amazon you can find omusubi seasoning and even use furikake, which might be easier to find.
With the seasonings, you just add to your rice (some while it cooks, some after) and then shape into a ball.
It’s a very easy snack to put together!
Depending on the size or how many you make, this could also easily become a full meal.
If you don’t have the triangle rice mold, you can also just use plastic wrap and shape the rice with your hands.
In between each batch, always wet the wrap or mold with water so the rice doesn’t stick. Your hands should be wet too!
Ever made omusubi before? If not, check out my recipe below for how to do it!
Just in case you missed them previously, here is a link to my slowly growing collection of published Japanese recipes!
In case you missed it, here are some of my other Japanese recipes!
- Kinako Ice Cream with Kuromitsu
- Japanese Style Broccoli Salad with Egg and Ham
- Japanese Style Potato Salad with Ham
- Creamy Mentaiko Pasta with Fresh Spaghetti
- Omusubi (Japanese rice balls) with tuna, salted salmon, and umeboshi
- Japanese Radish Salad with Tuna and Radish Sprouts
- Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting
- Japanese Style Macaroni Salad with Tuna
- Japanese Green Tea Ice Cream (egg yolk free!)
- Mizuna (Japanese Mustard Greens) with Garlic and Bacon