Today, we are doing making yaki onigiri, which is literally a grilled or toasted rice ball.
I have about two cups’ worth of Japanese white rice, and a little bit of sesame oil, which we’re gonna be using for some additional flavor, a tablespoon of mirin, and three tablespoons of shoyu or soy sauce.
Tips for making a delicious yaki onigiri
What we’re gonna do is mix all the rice with the soy sauce, and the mirin, mix it all together, leave a little bit for brushing on, which is optional.
You don’t have to do that. You don’t have to mix it either. You can actually just brush it on top right away as soon as you start it. Or you can mix it all together a little bit.
It’s a personal preference. That way, you have a little bit more flavor in each bite. Do you like to eat yaki onigiri, with all of the seasonings mixed in, or do you like to put it on the top and bottom, kind of like a sandwich?
We’re gonna be adding a layer of parchment paper on our stainless skillet.
The reason I’m using parchment paper is because I don’t want to use oil to make it oily. And the parchment paper helps the yaki onigiri not to stick to the pan!
The hardest part about doing this is shaping the rice balls, the onigiri. If you’ve never done it before, it might take some getting used to to get it in the right shape.
If you don’t want to use your hands, you can use some plastic wrap to protect your hands so the rice doesn’t stick to them.
When shaping the rice balls, keep your hands moist. But not too moist because it’s gonna make the rice mushy. Just grab a small cup’s worth, and then shape it into a triangle. If you don’t want to do a triangle, you can just do a ball too. That might be easier!
You can do a lot with yaki onigiri
A lot of different things! You don’t necessarily need to stick with just shoyu and mirin.
You can do shiokoji, for example. You can do some corn. You can do shiso. You can do katsuobushi.
You can do umeboshi, which is pickled plum. You can put some miso on there. It’s pretty versatile.
And if you don’t eat it all, you can freeze it. It stores well in the freezer. Or you can make extra on purpose so that you can freeze it and you can enjoy it for a rainy day.
I hope you guys give this a try! It’s very straightforward, delicious, and easy to make!