Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) Recipe

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Yaki onigiri is Japanese grilled rice balls with a tasty savoury coating or filling. This little Yaki onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) Recipe is full of flavour with a delightfully crispy crust which adds an extra element of flavour and texture to regular onigiri. It is very easy to make at home because this recipe uses only a few ingredients.  Try at home and enjoy with family and it is ready within 40 minutes only.

Yaki Onigiri (焼きおにぎり) are Japanese grilled rice balls coated in a sweet & savoury soy sauce with a crispy smoky crust on the outside. Learn how to make this popular Japanese dish easily at home. They’re freezer-friendly, portable and great for packed lunches too!Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) Recipe

How To Make Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) Recipe With Step By Step Instructions:


  • Short-grain Sushi Rice (1 cup)
  • Kosher Salt (1 tsp)
  • Soya Sauce ( 2 tbsp)
  • Mirin ( 2 tbsp)
  • Butter ( 1/4 cup) cut into the small pieces
  • Chopped Chives, for garnish)


  1. For this recipe it’s important that you use Japanese short-grain white rice, also sometimes called sushi rice. Brown rice and long-grain rice will not work. Cook the rice according to the package directions along with the salt. While the rice is cooking bring the soy sauce and mirin to a boil over low heat until it’s reduced by about half. Take it off the heat and whisk in the butter.
  2. When the rice is done and cooled down just a bit (it should still be hot), cut off a square piece of plastic wrap and pile 1/4 of the cooked rice in the centre. Wrap the plastic around it and use your hands to press it together into 1-inch thick triangle. Make sure they are densely packed together so they won’t fall apart on the grill. Repeat with the remaining rice and plastic wrap.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium.
  4. Use a pastry brush to baste 1 side of the rice balls with the butter mixture and put them on the grill, buttered side down. Let them grill until browned and crisp on 1 side, about 5 minutes) then brush the tops of the rice balls with the butter mixture. Flip them over using tongs and grill until the second side is crisp. Transfer the rice balls to a serving platter. Brush again with the butter mixture and garnish with chives.

Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) Recipe

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