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Rabbit Onigiri (Rice Balls) – easy & nutritious for your kids!

These are too cute!!

AND super easy to make.

I always thought that these types of rice balls would be difficult to make, but they are actually very easy if you buy one of the shape kits.

Be careful though – the more parts of the nori seaweed that you need to stick on, the harder and more time-consuming it becomes! Definitely best to choose a shape that only has a few parts, such as ears, eyes and mouth. (I tried the shinkansen bullet train, and spent ages trying to stick all the windows on!!)

These rabbits are super cute for obento lunch boxes or snacks. And there is lots of room inside the rice ball to add nutritious fillings such as tuna, avocado and veggies!

Rabbit onigiri (rice balls) with tuna and avocado

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Serves: 6 rabbits Cooking Time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice (fresh made, still warm)
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 avocado
  • Japanese kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 sheet nori seaweed

Instructions

1

Rinse the rabbit mold cups with water (line with water droplets to prevent the rice sticking to the plastic)

2

Fill the rabbit mold up 1/3 with warm rice

3

Layer with a small amount of tuna, avocado, mayonnaise and sesame seeds (be careful to not go too close to the edge, try to keep the filling in the center area)

4

Top the mold up to the top with another layer of rice

5

Place the rabbit mold lid on top of the rice and press down firmly to shape into the rabbit and transfer to plastic glad wrap

6

Cut out the nori seaweed with the rabbit parts (ears, eyes, nose and mouth). Dip a toothpick into a dish of water and use the end of the toothpick to pick up the rabbit parts and place on the rabbit rice ball.

Notes

I use the Mimy rabbit shape set from Japan called "うさぎおにぎりセット" by Arnest

 

All the ingredients and parts that you need

All the ingredients and parts that you need

Step 1 - add rice to 1/2 full

Step 1 – add rice to 1/2 full

Step 2 - add filling (I added tuna, avocado, sesame seeds and Kewpie mayonnaise)

Step 2 – add filling (I added tuna, avocado, sesame seeds and Kewpie mayonnaise)

Step 3 - Layer on top with rice

Step 3 – Layer on top with rice

Squash into shape

Squash into shape

Step 5 - Place on plate

Step 5 – Place on plate

Remove the pink shape

Remove the pink shape

Remove plastic rabbit carefully (remember before you make this, you can moisten the pink rabbit with some water so that the rice will not stick)

Remove plastic rabbit carefully (remember before you make this, you can moisten the pink rabbit with some water so that the rice will not stick)

Voila! Make your rabbit rice shapes on plastic wrap so you are ready to wrap them up

Voila! Make your rabbit rice shapes on plastic wrap so you are ready to wrap them up

Step 6 - Cut out parts. Ears first!

Step 6 – Cut out parts. Ears first!

Ears cut and ready

Ears cut and ready

Cut out eyes, nose and mouth together

Cut out eyes, nose and mouth together

Wrapped and ready to eat!

Wrapped and ready to eat!

One day I prepared the rabbit rice balls the night before, and then gave to my kids for breakfast. They loved it! They have grown up in Japan, so they think it is totally normal to have rice for breakfast :)

One day I prepared the rabbit rice balls the night before, and then gave to my kids for breakfast. They loved it! They have grown up in Japan, so they think it is totally normal to have rice for breakfast 🙂

Yum!

Yum!

Perfect for picnics!

Perfect for picnics!

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