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Yaki Onigiri Recipe (Grilled Rice Ball with Soy Sauce and Butter)

Yaki Onigiri Recipe

Yaki Onigiri Recipe

If you have made Onigiri (rice ball) before, add one more step and try Yaki Onigiri, crunchy grilled rice ball.  The recipe can be as simple as placing the rice ball on the grill and brush with soy sauce when browned.  Here, I even made it more simple by browning Onigiri using frying pan.  Butter is not commonly used for Yaki Onigiri, but who doesn’t like the flavor of melted butter with soy sauce?  It’s so good!

If you have never made Onigiri before, I recommend that you watch our Onigiri recipe video first.  You don’t need to use salt or even fillings when making Yaki Onigiri.  Nori seaweed is optional.  I usually skip it for Yaki Onigiri.  It’s’ a perfect little snack!

Yaki Onigiri Recipe (Grilled Rice Ball with Soy Sauce and Butter)


  • Onigiri *no salt
  • butter (about 1/2 tbsp)
  • soy sauce


  1. Make plain Onigiri and set aside.
  2. Heat frying pan on medium low heat and melt butter. Place Onigiri in the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side until lightly browned.
  3. Brush soy sauce on the surface and cook for 30 seconds - 1 min more per each side. (Watch carefully because it will burn quickly!)

Yaki Onigiri Recipe

Yaki Onigiri Recipe

Yaki Onigiri Recipe


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  • george
    February 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Perfect easy recipe, snack and taste! Congratulations for your efforts and keep up the good work.
    Please present more dishes which can be made and put in bento boxes to improve our lunches at work.

    • Noriko
      February 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Glad you liked the recipe!

  • jade
    February 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to make! I loved all your videos on youtube as well! Thanks for making this all very easy to understand

    • Noriko
      February 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      thanks! Let us know after you tried!

  • David
    May 25, 2014 at 1:24 am

    this was very good. it was my first time making onigiri but didn’t have any thing for filling so i tried this yaki style. my only mistake was making the onigiri too big because i forgot how filling rice is. 🙂 thanks for the great recipes.

    a little off the subject but, do either of you cook with kanten at all?

    • Noriko
      June 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      glad you liked our recipe!

  • Renee
    June 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm


    Excellent recipe. You make excellent contributions to the website. My husband and I live in San Diego too. Could you send me your email address?


  • mama
    July 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Aloha! Will this work with brown rice onigiri? Mahalo!

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      it should, but some cooked brown rice may not hold together like white steamed rice.