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 avocadoPrint Recipe
- 2 cups rice (fresh made, still warm)
- 1 can tuna
- 1 avocado
- Japanese kewpie mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 sheet nori seaweed
Rinse the rabbit mold cups with water (line with water droplets to prevent the rice sticking to the plastic)
Fill the rabbit mold up 1/3 with warm rice
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)
Top the mold up to the top with another layer of rice
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
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.
I use the Mimy rabbit shape set from Japan called "うさぎおにぎりセット" by Arnest