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Norimaki Mochi with Sweet Sakura Glaze

Norimaki Mochi with Sweet Sakura Glaze is a delightful sweet and savory treat with chewy addictive mochi, crispy nori and a delicately sweet sakura (cherry blossom) glaze.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 5
Calories: 217kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 5 Kirimochi (切り餅)
  • ¼ cup tamari (soy) sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 sheets dried nori leaves
    1 strip per Kirimochi (切り餅)
  • ¼ cup Sakura white bean paste
    (pre-made) optional garnish, other garnishes such as white or black sesame seeds or additional tamari brown sugar glaze to dip in is also a nice touch.
  • 2 tablespoon water (to thin out the Sakura paste)
  • cooking spray to prepare the baking pan


  • Preheat oven to 190 Celsius or 375 F.
  • Make the tamari (soy sauce) glaze: add tamari (soy sauce) to a small pan and add brown sugar and cook over low medium heat until it is a nice and thick glaze about 5 minutes. Set aside
  • Make the Sakura sauce glaze: In a pan add the pre-mixed Sakura white bean paste (found in Asian food markets or Japanese goods stores) and thin out with a little water and heat through just so it is easy to spread. Some other alternative garnishes that work well are white and black sesame seeds or additional Tamari brown sugar glaze on the side.
  • Place the Kirimochi (切り餅) blocks on a pre-greased baking sheet. Slather the tamari brown sugar glaze on each Kirimochi (切り餅) and bake for about 10 minutes or until firm on the outside and chewy on the inside. Don't cook too long or it will end up in a pool of mochi (completely melted). The goal is you want the edges to be crispy but the inside to be tender. If you do not have an oven, you can also pan fry or grill instead.
  • Trim your nori (dried seaweed) into 3 long strips the same width as your mochi. (Alternatively you can buy the thin pre-cut strips of nori) Set aside
  • Immediately wrap the warm mochi in nori. Garnish Morimaki with Sakura sauce and serve. Best served hot out of the oven.


The Sakura Glaze is completely optional. Norimaki mochi is delicious all alone with the soy- tamari brown sugar glaze. 
Japanese Rice Cake - Kirimochi Rectangle Rice Cake can be found at Asian food stores or can be purchased online on amazon. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 400mg | Sugar: 4.5g