Learn how to make your very own tuna yaki onigiri (grilled rice balls)! These can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer or main dish.

– White rice – Canned tuna – Mayonnaise – Soy sauce – Sesame oil – Salt – Black sesame seeds (optional) See recipe card for quantities.

Ingredient list

In a medium size bowl, combine tuna, soy sauce and mayonnaise.

Step-by-step instructions

Add sesame oil and salt to your bowl of cooked rice. Place a piece of plastic wrap over a small bowl and fill with rice. Remove plastic from bowl and twist into a ball.

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Next, you'll want to flatten the rice ball a bit. Add about a tbsp's worth of filling to the center of the flattened rice ball.

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Gather all edges of the plastic wrap together and twist and form into a ball again. Repeat this process four more times. Optional: roll rice balls in dish filled with black sesame seeds.

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You can pan fry the rice balls in a bit of sesame oil or enjoy them as is.

Step-by-step instructions

Pan fry the rice balls on medium heat for at least 5 minutes on each side. This will help you get that crispy, outer texture. Try to avoid flipping over back and forth so that rice balls stay intact.

Top tip

Serve over a salad or with your favorite veggies.

What to serve with yaki onigiri

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