Onigiri - Japanese Rice Balls Recipe

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  1. Wash the rice in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Combine washed rice and 4 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer rice until the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Let rice rest, for 15 minutes to allow the rice to continue to steam and become tender. Allow cooked rice to cool.
  2. Combine 1 cup water with the salt in a small bowl. Use this water to dampen hands before handling the rice. Divide the cooked rice into 8 equal portions. Use one portion of rice for each onigiri.
  3. Divide one portion of rice in two. Create a dimple in the rice and fill with a heaping teaspoon of bonito flakes. Cover with the remaining portion of rice and press lightly to enclose filling inside rice ball. Gently press the rice to shape into a triangle. Wrap shaped onigiri with a strip of nori. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat to make a total of 8 onigiri.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 118.86 Kcal (498 kJ)
Calories from fat 10.13 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.13g 2%
Sodium 76.97mg 3%
Potassium 38.2mg 1%
Total Carbs 22.67g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.27g 1%
Protein 3.05g 6%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Calcium 46.2mg 5%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 47.21 Kcal (198 kJ)
Calories from fat 4.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.45g 2%
Sodium 30.57mg 3%
Potassium 15.17mg 1%
Total Carbs 9g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.11g 1%
Protein 1.21g 6%
Iron 0.4mg 6%
Calcium 18.3mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 2.4
  • 3

Good Points

  • fat free,
  • saturated fat free,
  • very low sodium,
  • cholesterol free,
  • sugar free

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