We love vegetarian sushi, and recently discovered onigiri, which are Japanese rice ball snacks. These rice balls are delicious and easy to customize depending on what flavors you want to go with, including filling, seasonings, and sauces.


Sushi Rice
Fillings – e.g. avocado, mock meat, etc.
Sauce – “onigiri” sauce, soy sauce, etc.
Seasonings – furikake, etc.


Prepare your sushi rice. We like to use Nishiki Sushi rice.

We always use our rice cooker, as that is how it comes out best!

We sometimes mix in some seasoning with the rice – usually a salty mix with seaweed and sesame seeds, but you don’t have to use a mix-in.

We use avocado in onigiri, but you can use other fillings.


For this, it helps to have an onigiri mold or press to make your triangles, but you can also shape them with your hands.

Once you have assembled your pocket of rice, you can wrap it with seaweed.

We dip ours in soy sauce, or you can buy a sauce.

What do you think?

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  • Beth
    December 22, 2023

    That is the coolest! I’ve had onigiri at a restaurant before, but I never could figure out how to make it. I love it.

  • Bryan
    December 23, 2023

    I like the occasional vegetarian meal or snack. And I do like rice, so I am confident these would be a hit with me, and my kids, one of whom is vegan.

  • Fransic verso
    December 25, 2023

    This looks yummy and easy to make, although always buy it from outside haha. I will have to try and do it myself at home.

  • Lavanda Michelle
    December 27, 2023

    Tried it with avocado, and it was a hit with the family – such a tasty twist on a snack.

  • Hari
    December 27, 2023

    Super yummy recipe. Love the fact that it can be customizable in terms of fillings.

  • Nikki Wayne
    December 29, 2023

    Wow! Onigiri is the best snack or food I have ate. It is a simple but healthy and you can be full at the same time.

  • jupiter hadley
    December 29, 2023

    This always felt so complex, but your instructions are really easy to follow! Thank you for sharing.

  • Laura
    January 3, 2024

    This is interesting. I saw a post about onigiri on TikTik and wasn’t 100% sure what it was. Now I know.

  • Stephanie
    January 3, 2024

    Such a wonderful combination of flavors in this onigiri. Perfectly flavored and it looks so inviting when served. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    January 3, 2024

    The versatility of these Japanese rice ball snacks, from the sushi rice base to the customizable fillings, sauces, and seasonings, opens up a world of delicious possibilities. Can’t wait to try creating my own variations with these mouthwatering ingredients. Thanks for the tasty inspiration!

  • Lisa
    January 3, 2024

    I would like to try making my own onigiri. This recipe looks quite simple and I will give it a try! happy new year.

  • Williams Melanie
    January 3, 2024

    Ooo looks like a lovely dish, always nice to try new things for sure.

  • Samantha Donnelly
    January 4, 2024

    I do not like seafood so having a vegetarrian option is perfect for me, will have to give this a try

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    January 4, 2024

    Onigiri looks easy enough to make and so glad that it is vegetarian as well. Great way to get kids into sushi and Japanese food

  • Ntensibe Edgar
    January 8, 2024

    Hhhhmmmm….this snack is a new one to me. I love the fact that all the ingredients are so easy to get here in my hood and the avocado, is on season here! Let me try it out and let you know.

  • Ambra
    January 11, 2024

    It looks a delicious dish, thank you for sharing 🙂