Miso Yaki Onigiri (Miso Flavored Grilled Rice Ball)

I stumbled across ochikeron’s Miso Yaki Onigiri recipe, it seemed so simple that I couldn’t resist trying it out, so here it is.

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  • 1 cup or 1 cup 1/2 Japanese rice
  • 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of Miso paste (you can find this in Japanese markets)
    miso paste
  • 1 tbsp of Mirin (sweet Sake)
    mirin aji 2 mirin sweet cooking seasoning 2
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp of sesame oil or any oil for cooking or grilling


  1. Mix the miso paste, mirin, and sugar in a bowl
  2. Make 4 rice balls using plastic wrap or wet hands and sprinkle sesame seeds before shaping (I like to shape mine into triangles so that the rice ball can lay flat and evenly while I’m grilling, but it’s your choice)
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat and cook the rice balls on both sides until lightly browned
  4. Brush the miso sauce on rice balls and cook one by one until browned, if you cook them all together they may become black and burned (i actually put the miso sauce on the rice balls as the first step and that is why mine are black and a little burnt, but i liked them that way ~ extra crispy )

Eat immediately if you want to enjoy a nice warm snack, even though rice ball will remain delicious hours after. Your Miso Yaki Onigiri will have a smokey BBQ like flavor that is mouth watering.

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