How to — Onigirazu — Sushi Sandwich Recipe

Choose your own fillings to make this fresh, tasty rice and seaweed “sandwich,” which might just be your new favorite lunch.

| September 2019

onigirazu-how-to 

The onigirazu or “sushi sandwich” is a contemporary sibling to the onigiri and a brilliant invention: rice plus whatever fillings you like, folded into a whole nori sheet like a package. You don’t need to be a pro to get it right straight away and you can get enough filling in there for a substantial lunch (I make 1-2 onigirazu per person).

Use white Japanese, brown short-grain, or any mixed-grain rice to make onigirazu. If you use the rice warm, its steam “glues” the nori wrap together. If you use room-temperature rice, use wet hands to wrap, to make it stick that way. Onigirazu is best made in the morning with fresh rice and eaten the same day, but you can make it in the evening and refrigerate it overnight too (but you’ll have drier rice). Once you’ve got the hang of packaging it up (doesn’t take long), they can easily become a lunch staple.

Go wild with the fillings! You’ll soon work out how much your onigirazu can hold before it’s impossible to close. Use anything as long as it’s not too wet or oily. Just make sure you always finish with a top layer of rice, so that no moist filling touches (and dissolves) the seaweed.



To make:

Place a nori sheet in front of you on a clean work surface, with one corner pointing toward you. Use 5 1/2-7oz. rice per onigirazu. Using half of this volume (3-4 heaped tablespoons), make a square layer of rice in the middle of the nori, max 3/4 inch thick and about 3 1/4 inches square (1). Leave a little margin around the edge so you have enough nori to fold later. You can wet your hands a little to help shape the rice.

Add the fillings, as evenly as possible, and give everything a little squeeze from the top to compact (2). Finish with the second volume of rice, making a layer the same thickness as the first (3). Again, wet your hands to help shape the rice here.



Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Get the latest on Natural Health and Sustainable Living with Mother Earth News!

Mother Earth News

Your friends at Mother Earth Living are committed to natural health and sustainable living. Unfortunately, the financial impact of COVID-19 has challenged us to find a more economical way to achieve this mission. We welcome you to our sister publication Mother Earth News. What you sought in the pages of Mother Earth Living can be found in Mother Earth News. For over 50 years, “The Original Guide to Living Wisely” has focused on organic gardening, herbal medicine, real food recipes, and sustainability. We look forward to going on this new journey with you and providing solutions for better health and self-sufficiency.

The impact of this crisis has no doubt affected every aspect of our daily lives. We will strive to be a useful and inspiring resource during this critical time and for years to come.

Best wishes,
Your friends at Mother Earth Living and Mother Earth News

Save Money & a Few Trees!

By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of Mother Earth News for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Classifieds