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Japanese Crispy Rice Onigiri

Japanese Crispy Rice Onigiri are a fun little appetizer made with pan fried sushi rice mixed with a few fresh herbs and served with a ponzu dipping sauce.
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizers/ Snacks
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4
Calories: 297kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 2 cups 2 cups cooked rice
    (sushi rice is best but also brown or basmati can be used if you add an egg to make it sticky)
  • dish of water to keep your hands from sticking to rice
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon Five Spice Powder
  • ¼ cup green onions
  • salt
    to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
    or to taste
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
    toasted white or black - optional
  • cup panko breadcrumbs
    (optional can use rice flour for gluten free)
  • 2 tablespoon 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 sheets Dried Nori (seaweed laver)
     1 inch by 5 inch strips (optional)

Panzu Dipping Sauce: (Optional)

  • 4 teaspoon soy sauce
    (tamari sauce for gluten free)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  • In a medium bowl combine, cooked short grain rice, flour, five spice powder, chopped green onions, salt, white pepper.
  • Dip your hands in water to prevent the rice from sticking to hands and take about ¼ cup of the rice mixture and form into a flat round patty. (If it is easier for you, you can put the contents into a piece of saran wrap to shape to keep your hands from sticking)
  • If you choose you can either dip the rice patties into black sesame seeds or panko bread crumbs before frying.
  • Place oil into pan and fry each rice patty for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  • Remove fried rice patty from pan and wrap with Nori and serve with dipping sauce. Fried Rice Patties are also delicious just plain or served instead of bread slices for a sandwich.


If you want to get your rice cripsy, make sure that all of your additions to the rice are dry. In addition, in you dip your rice balls in a little panko bread crumbs or sesame seeds before frying, they get really crispy and delicious. We kept our Japanese Crispy Rice Onigiri gluten-free by using gluten free bread crumbs and exchanging soy sauce in the panzu dip for tamari sauce.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg