Inspired by watching ‘Fruits Basket‘, I ordered an onigiri (rice ball) mold.
This one to be precise:
You can find it HERE on Amazon.
I’ve traditionally made onigiri with my hands, but the heat is painful, even when using a ziplock bag, and they’re much larger than they should be.
So, on a night that I wasn’t feeling up to cooking a full dinner, I pulled out a can of tuna. I added mayonnaise and cracked black pepper to it, and I started the rice maker.
The mold was easy to use – fill it about halfway with rice, put a dollop of tuna, fill it the rest of the way, and then press the cover into it to press it all together.
Remove the cover and flip it over a plate. Press on the flexible sections on the bottom and the onigiri drops right out.
I cut up some nori (dried seaweed sheets) and wrapped pieces around each of them, and huzzah! Dinner.
I ate four of them and ended up sharing the last two with Tundra since my husband doesn’t like mayo.
There’s a little peg you can put in to leave a divot for you to press a pickled plum or some such into the onigiri, but I pulled these out.
I think next time I’ll roll them in furikake seasoning after I wrap them – it’s a type of sesame seed/seaweed/spice mix that is really tasty on rice.
Do you enjoy onigiri? Have you made them before? Inquiring minds want to know!