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. 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, we tested it out a few different kinds. The seaweed wrapping will keep it together, yhus eliminating the need for sticky rice.

We seasoned the rice with miso for added flavor, and filled it 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 the Japanese serve in bentos.

kinpira carrot

maple syrup10 ml
mirin10 ml
soy sauce30 ml
sesame oil15 ml
chili pepper flakes5 g


short grain white rice1 cup
water350 ml
white miso15 g


nori sheets4