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Super Cute Japanese Kawaii Recipe: How to Make Onigiri

Perfect for bento boxes, birthday parties or just any old lunch – this how to make onigiri tutorial is much easier than you think with the right tools!

I’ve actually never eaten crab cake before. This is appalling to me since I love seafood and crab so much. So I bought an appealing looking package of crab cakes from the frozen section of the grocery store and of course, as soon as I had had this delicious smelling treat cooked up hot from the oven, I immediately switched gears to Asian cuisine. I couldn’t help myself from thinking that this would make the perfect onigiri filling.

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I had an Onigiri triangle form laying around so I thought, why not? And I couldn’t have been more right. These are absolutely delicious and super easy to make.

Supplies Needed to Make Onigiri

how to make onigiri

Ingredients

3 cups white rice, short grain, cooked
crabcakes, cooked or chunk crab + mayonnaise
Onigiri seaweed paper
Furikake, optional
sesame seed oil, optional
sriracha, optional
toasted sesame seeds, optional

Instructions

Bake your favorite crab cakes according to package directions (or you could just mix chunk crab with a little bit of mayo). At same time cook some short/medium grain white rice in your rice cooker, Instant Pot, or simply on the stove.

When crab cakes are finished baking, mash up the crab cakes as-is, or if you want to add a bit more asian flavor mix in about 1/2 tsp sesame seed oil per crab cake. (add sriracha too, if you like spicy!) 

Fill the triangle form about 1/3 full with rice. *you can also mix in roasted sesame seeds or your favorite Furikake to the rice

how to make onigiri

Scoop about 1 tablespoon crab cake mixture into center.

how to make onigiri

Fill with more rice and then press with form top.

how to make onigiri

And tada! You have a snack, lunch or dinner that is as delicious as it is cute :)

how to make onigiri

how to make onigiri

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How to Make Crab Stuffed Onigiri (Japanese Rice Cakes)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Perfect for bento boxes, birthday parties or just any old lunch - this how to make onigiri tutorial is much easier than you think with the right tools!

Course: Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 3
Author: Jeana Shandraw
Ingredients
  • 3 cups white rice short grain, cooked
  • crabcakes, cooked OR chunk crab + mayonnaise
  • Onigiri seaweed paper
  • Furikake optional
  • sesame seed oil optional
  • sriracha optional
  • toasted sesame seeds optional
Instructions
  1. Bake your favorite crab cakes according to package directions (or you could just mix chunk crab with a little bit of mayo). At same time cook some short/medium grain white rice in your rice cooker, Instant Pot, or simply on the stove.
  2. When crab cakes are finished baking, mash up the crab cakes as-is, or if you want to add a bit more asian flavor mix in about 1/2 tsp sesame seed oil per crab cake. (add sriracha too, if you like spicy!)
  3. Fill the triangle form about 1/3 full with rice. *you can also mix in roasted sesame seeds or your favorite Furikake to the rice
  4. Scoop about 1 tablespoon crab cake mixture into center.
  5. Fill with more rice and then press with form top.
  6. And tada! You have a snack, lunch or dinner that is as delicious as it is cute :)
Perfect for Kawaii bento boxes, birthday parties or just any old lunch - this how to make onigiri tutorial is much easier than you think with the right tools (Japanese Rice Balls Recipe) via @Jeanabeena
Jeana Shandraw

Jeana Shandraw

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband's underwear drawer.

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21 Comments

  1. June 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    We love crab cakes and this looks like a great idea that I would love to try. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  2. June 26, 2014 at 7:48 am — Reply

    Jeana, these are so ridiculously cute! I love how fun these guys look–I could probably eat the whole batch :)

  3. aprila
    June 26, 2014 at 7:41 am — Reply

    thanks for the recipe. They are so cute. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

  4. May 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    Can’t get over how cute these are! Kawaii!

  5. March 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm — Reply

    Ha! That’s cute! Would you believe I never tried crab cakes?!?

  6. March 27, 2014 at 7:38 am — Reply

    Yum! They look so good and so cute! Thanks for the recipe.

  7. March 27, 2014 at 7:26 am — Reply

    Oh my goodness, the little cute triangles. This is a fun way to fix up a family favorite.

  8. March 27, 2014 at 6:28 am — Reply

    My son would love these. It looks yummy. I love how cute they look.

  9. March 26, 2014 at 7:29 pm — Reply

    Those look really good. I love crab cakes. The best ones I ever had were in Key West, Florida!

  10. March 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    So cute and I love the idea and presentation.

  11. March 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm — Reply

    Those sound SO GOOD. I love crab cakes!

  12. March 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    Those crab cakes look amazing! I really want some now!

  13. March 26, 2014 at 11:23 am — Reply

    Adorable! I’m sure the kids will eat this just because those cakes are so cute!

  14. March 26, 2014 at 11:07 am — Reply

    Those little triangles are adorable. I can think of alot of different recipes to make with them. I bet my husband would even eat those Sushi Rolls. Thanks for sharing.

  15. March 26, 2014 at 10:22 am — Reply

    Those crab cakes look so good! My husband LOVES crab cake, and I never make it. I should pick this up. Thanks!

  16. March 26, 2014 at 9:56 am — Reply

    I love the photos in your blog post – especially the photo with the cheesy broccoli! You have made me crave crab, and now I have to do something about it soon!

  17. March 26, 2014 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I am not a sushi fan, but those are so cute that i would at least give it a try!

  18. March 26, 2014 at 9:53 am — Reply

    oh my goodness love the triangles, my kids would get a kick out of this, fun food for sure!

  19. March 26, 2014 at 9:43 am — Reply

    These look so yummy! Actually, I’m allergic to shelled fish – but my husband is a massive seafood fan. He would love these!

  20. March 26, 2014 at 9:31 am — Reply

    Yes, you’ve said my one favorite thing… Crab! These look delicious!

  21. March 26, 2014 at 9:07 am — Reply

    Super cute. I love crab cakes and the way you used them here.

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