Gather the ingredients.
Cut each nori sheet (if using) into 8 to 9 strips and put about a 1/2 cup of steamed rice in a rice bowl.
Wet your hands with water so that the rice won't stick.
Rub some salt on your wet hands.
Place the steamed rice in your hand and form into a triangle, making sure it is dense and thick
Put your favorite filling, such as umeboshi or grilled salmon, on the rice and push the filling into the rice lightly
Hold the rice between your palms
Form the rice into a round, a triangle, or a cylinder by pressing lightly with your both palms, securing the filling in the middle. Roll the rice ball in your hands a few times, pressing lightly.
Wrap the rice ball with a strip or two of nori (if using), or sprinkle some sesame seeds on them (if using).
The ingredients for this recipe, including umeboshi (or ume plum) and salted salmon, can be found in Asian grocery stores or ordered online.
Steamed sushi rice will be sticky enough that it will easily form into a shape when pressed.
Since onigiri is frequently a convenience store food, it is designed to be eaten with your hands—no chopsticks required.
Fillings can vary, so it's good to use your favorites. You can put almost anything in an onigiri; try grilled salmon, pickled plums, beef, pork, turkey, katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) seasoned with soy sauce, or tuna with mayonnaise.
If you're in the mood for a warm meal, just toast your onigiri lightly for 2 to 3 minutes per side on a pan brushed with sesame oil. The outer layer of rice will get toasty and golden brown and a little bit crackly.
Do you eat the seaweed on onigiri?
Nori, the seaweed used to make onigiri, is completely edible and delicious, too.
Do you eat onigiri hot or cold?
Onigiri is typically eaten cold or at room temperature, but it can be quickly grilled and served hot (known as yaki onigiri).
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|Serving Size: 1 (3g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1|
|Calories from Fat: 13 (76%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 1.5g||2 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.2g||1 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.7g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 0.3mg||0 %|
|Potassium 14mg||0 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 0.7g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.4g||1 %|
|Sugars, other 0.3g|
|Protein 0.5g||1 %|
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Calories per serving: 17
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