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Fun with Onigiri

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In this video, I will show you how easy it is to make onigiri. Onigiri is a Japanese riceball that's perfect for picnics, hiking, bento, etc. You can use the onigiri mold, but today I will be teaching you how to do it the good old fashioned way; with your hands. We are gonna have some fun and use some different fillings as well so hopefully I can get your creative juices flowing. Let's do it!!
  Short grain japanese rice 1 Cup (16 tbs), steamed
  Salmon fillet 6 Medium, broiled (Broiled for 6 - 8 minutes)
  Furikake 2 Teaspoon (Optional)
  Preserved bamboo shoots 1 Tablespoon (Preserved bamboo shoots in chili oil used) (Optional)
  Preserved duck egg 1 Medium (Optional)
  Shiitake mushrooms 4 Medium, sliced
  Nori sheets/Kimbap kim 1⁄2
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
For the base
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Mirin 2 Tablespoon
  Soy sauce 2 Tablespoon

1. Put the salmon fillets in a broiler for about 6 to 8 minutes.
2. Take a pan and add the shiitake mushrooms and cook it in the base using ingredients such as sugar, mirin and soy sauce. Simmer and reduce until it reaches a thick consistency.
3. Lightly flake the salmon with a fork.
4. Moisten you palms with water and sprinkle some salt on them and take a portion of the rice and flatten in your hand making an indent in the middle, place the salmon filling and close it up. Wrap it in the nori sheet with the shiny side out.
5. The same process can be repeated with the shiitake mushroom filling as well.

6. Serve with other Korean side dishes

Moisten your palms with water and sprinkle some salt on it before working with the steamed and cooled rice. This would avoid the rice sticking to your hands and the salt will help season the rice.

Different variations can be made for the fillings such as the preserved bamboo shoots instead of the salmon or the preserved duck egg cut into pieces instead of the salmon. The salmon can also be sprinkled with some furikake and can be used as a filling.
Another variation for the filling could be canned tuna with mayonnaise and corn.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
High Protein
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Are you a sushi fan but think it is a fancy fare to be eaten at a sushi bar with chopsticks?, Watch this video and to learn how to make your own Onigiri. This rice ball snack is fun to make, and is perfect for summer picnics and camping trips! Watch Jay who teaches you how to make Onigiri the good old fashioned way without any molds or mats. He also has your creative juices flowing by suggesting that you can choose your own fillings just like making sandwiches! And you do not need chopsticks to eat these.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 498 Calories from Fat 94

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g16.1%

Saturated Fat 1.9 g9.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 200.2 mg66.7%

Sodium 1344.9 mg56%

Total Carbohydrates 47 g15.7%

Dietary Fiber 1.8 g7%

Sugars 10.7 g

Protein 51 g101.9%

Vitamin A 8.9% Vitamin C 1.9%

Calcium 3.3% Iron 19.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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