carrot kinpira onigirazu

4 servings — 20 minutes

An onigirazu is a Japanese rice ball sandwich, or a 'lazy onigiri'.

The word onigiri (or nigiru) means to press into shape using your hands, while "razu" means the opposite. Free form onigiri! This is perfect for people who have a hard time making rice balls, as is the case for me. Onigirazu has the same great taste, without the fear of imperfection.

This recipe is perfect when you don't have the right type of rice available for onigiri. You can use just about any type, I tested it out a few different kinds. The seaweed wrapping will keep it together, thus eliminating the need for sticky rice.

The rice was seasoned with miso for added flavour, and was filled with carrot 'kinpira' — 'Kinpira' means "sauteed" (usually with a mixture of mirin soy sauce and chili peppers.) It's a sweet and spicy dish that is often served in bentos.

You should try and make your own version of onigirazu at home! As I said, it's no-fail.

kinpira carrot

carrots 2
maple syrup 10 ml
mirin 10 ml
soy sauce 30 ml
sesame oil 15 ml
chili pepper flakes 5 g


short grain white rice 1 cup
white miso 15 g
water 350 ml


nori sheets 4