Rice

Secret ingredient for making Japanese grilled rice balls

This recipe will teach you a secret ingredient that you probably have never heard before when making Japanese grilled rice balls.

Sesame oil!

I am sure you have had the experience of being confronted with left-over rice and wondering what to do with it, other than making good old fried rice.

All you need to do is rub some sesame oil on your hands, quickly mold the rice into little balls, and cover them in plastic wrap until you are ready to grill them the next day.

Here is how I do it! Click on the video below:

What you need:

  • Rice (fresh made, still warm) – 2 cups
  • Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  • Sauce: 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp sake

How to make:

  1. Pour a small drop of sesame oil on your hand and rub over both hands. Scoop a small amount of rice (fresh, still warm is best) onto your hands (enough to make one small rice ball) and mould into a triangle.
  2. Cover the rice balls with plastic wrap until you are ready to grill them. You can keep them overnight and grill the next morning which is great for a Japanese breakfast or picnic lunch
  3. Mix the sauce – soy sauce, miring and sake – on a plate and dip in both sides of the rice balls.
  4. Grill on medium heat in a fry pan, being careful not to burn. Only turn-over once to avoid drying out.
  5. Serve with salad, fish, or simply on their own!

 

Make rice balls (onigiri) from still-warm left-over rice using sesame oil on your hands

Make rice balls (onigiri) from still-warm left-over rice using sesame oil on your hands

Grilled rice ball (yakionogiri) sauce - 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp sake

Grilled rice ball (yakionogiri) sauce – 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp sake

Grilled rice ball (yakinogiri) sauce

Grilled rice ball (yakinogiri) sauce

Dip both sides of the rice ball into the sauce

Dip both sides of the rice ball into the sauce

Dip both sides of the rice ball into the sauce before grilling

Dip both sides of the rice ball into the sauce before grilling

Grill the rice balls on medium heat

Grill the rice balls on medium heat

Make sure you turn over the rice balls just when they brown and crisp on one side

Make sure you turn over the rice balls just when they brown and crisp on one side

Serve the grilled rice balls with salad, fish, or simply on their own!

Serve the grilled rice balls with salad, fish, or simply on their own!

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Marion Burton
    April 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Yes they are nice.
    The video did not work.

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