Edamame Onigiri


Simply Onigiri funa dn creative recipes for Japanese rice ballsEdamame are unripe green soy beans. They are full of nutrients and are easy to prepare. If you can get fresh edamame, try blanching them for a simple but great tasting snack. Edamame can be found in the frozen section at most supermarkets all year round. By seasoning edamame with a good amount of salt, the beans become a great ingredient for onigiri.

  • Yield: 8 Servings


  • 3 oz (80 g) Fresh or frozen edamame
  • 16 fl oz 2 cups (500 ml) Water
  • 0.66 oz (20 g) Salt
  • 17 oz (480 g) Cooked Japanese short grain rice
  • 2 tbsp Toasted white sesame seeds (optional)
How to Make It
  1. If using fresh edamame, wash edamame and cut ends of the pods. Sprinkle over a large pinch of salt and mix well. Bring water to the boil and add the remaining salt. Add edamame and boil for 4 minutes. Drain well and set aside to cool.
  2. If using frozen edamame, cook according to instructions on the package. If needed, sprinkle a pinch of salt over defrosted edamame.
  3. Remove edamame from pods and set aside.
  4. To make onigiri, combine rice, edamame and sesame seeds, if using, in a bowl and mix well.
  5. Place cling wrap in a rice bowl and scoop one-quarter of the rice mixture into the bowl. Pull out rice together with cling wrap and mould rice into a ball. Repeat with the remaining ingredients

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