Archive for June 11th, 2009

Onigiri Resources and Tips

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Onigiri Redux

I had thought about writing a tutorial for making onigiri, but there are a lot of people out there who are more knowledgeable about them than I am. As a result, I’ve decided to provide some of the best resources I have found for making these little guys.

Onigiri FAQs and Tutorials

The Onigiri FAQ from Just Bento – I can’t think of anything onigiri related that Maki doesn’t answer on her site. She even gives great info about keeping them fresh.

Onigiri Tutorial by Cooking Cute – I like this tutorial because it is basic and includes both instructions for onigiri made by hand and made with a mold.

Cooking with Dog – This video is helpful for thinking of different shapes and fillings. Also, I find the dog pretty funny. This might not be the easiest to understand, but I found it entertaining.

My personal onigiri tips –

-When you are working with fillings that are more wet, don’t be afraid to squeeze to squeeze out the excess liquid before using it. Trust me, this will make things a lot easier.

– Chop up the fillings nice and small. I find that this makes them much easier to eat.

-Experimenting with fillings is a lot of fun. There are no rules here, so don’t feel that you need to follow other people’s recipes exactly because they are more traditional. You are the one eating them, so my advice is to make it how you like it. You want a pulled pork onigiri? You can have it!