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Hi, here’s a random video on how to wrap onigiri, aka rice balls, like those Japanese convenience stores.  The easy-to-pull-away wrapper separates the rice and the seaweed, keeping the seaweed crispy until serving.  This technique will make beautifully wrapped onigiri, perfect for your next picnic, work lunch, or as a gift!  A few notes on how to do it right:

  1. Use freshly cooked rice, never day-old, but wait until it’s completely cooled (so the steam doesn’t make the seaweed soggy).
  2. Use triangle-moulds to make the onigiri.
  3. Cut the seaweed and allow enough width to cover the sides of the onigiri.
  4. Cut a piece of parchment that is at least 2X the width of the seaweed.
  5. The parchment in the video didn’t actually cover the entire inner surface of the seaweed because it wasn’t wide enough.  Don’t make the same mistake.
  6. Label the onigiri and they’re going to be your newest edible gift.


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  • Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous)

    September 16, 2015 at 6:09 PM Reply

    thanks for making this look so easy! right now i’m like, oh YES I CAN, but then again i screw up unwrapping them 90% of the time (not even talking about the wrapping), so who knows.

  • Dr. C. Elegans

    September 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM Reply

    Yes! Thanks for that! You are my kitchen hero, by the way. You make things i dream of making, only better.
    There’s some serious craftwomanship and science going on here.
    ok, i’ll stop the gushing now.
    please keep doing this <3

  • Magda | My Little Expat Kitchen

    September 16, 2015 at 7:58 PM Reply

    That is fantastic! Thanks for the awesome video Mandy :)

  • Ursula @

    September 16, 2015 at 8:58 PM Reply

    Cool video!

  • Jessica

    September 16, 2015 at 9:10 PM Reply

    i would love to see more videos!! your recipes so often include such interesting techniques that seeing them in motion would be really cool. :)

  • Melinda

    September 16, 2015 at 9:15 PM Reply

    Love the video! Great idea and also great tutorial. I prefer to just buy & EAT onigiri but you’re so inspirational, you never know.

  • cynthia

    September 16, 2015 at 10:46 PM Reply

    I LOVE IT. This is so, so so cool!!!!

  • Linda

    September 16, 2015 at 11:28 PM Reply

    Great quality video, domo arigato…but what happened to the angry?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      September 17, 2015 at 1:06 PM Reply

      Linda, hahhaaaa I found it difficult to be angry around onigiri!! OK fine actually it was because the editing tool “iMovie” doesn’t come with free, blood-splashing music. Even a software wants to be politically correct….

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    September 16, 2015 at 11:41 PM Reply

    Frigging unreal girl!! This looks like the BEST thing!

  • Ling

    September 17, 2015 at 2:05 AM Reply

    Thank you for sharing this video tutorial =) I never knew how to wrap the seaweed around the rice, let alone how to package it up too! This was my husband’s attempt at eating onigiri years ago =p–Vg_SUZI0/TpFRHgC4L2I/AAAAAAAADgU/1KY3fEPv398/w1456-h1092-no/P1060748.JPG

  • Margaret

    September 17, 2015 at 2:34 AM Reply

    Your posts are absolutely amazing. This one in particular too! Are you using artificial lighting when you shoot?? This looks gorg

  • Ylva

    September 17, 2015 at 8:31 PM Reply

    Yay – what a great tutorial! No more soggy nori on my onigiri. \o/
    Thank you so much Mandy!

  • Nicole @ the James' kitchen

    September 18, 2015 at 3:37 AM Reply

    Mmmm, I agree, looks great and the video is fab. I surely try this technique out to end all the clumsyness. What’s your filling?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      September 18, 2015 at 1:00 PM Reply

      Nicole, it was torched cured salmon with a bit of mayo, chili, sesame oil and torched scallions :) so good

  • Renee Kemps

    September 19, 2015 at 2:46 AM Reply

    I like this A LOT. Love you and the video and this cute little package. I’m so hoping there are going to be more videos!!

  • sarah

    October 1, 2015 at 8:38 AM Reply

    정말 멋져요~ 당장 해보고 싶어요

  • Mary

    January 17, 2018 at 5:38 PM Reply

    YOU ARE A GENIUS!!! OMG I was just about to spend 30 bucks on the plastic wrapper thingy but this is soooo much cheaper and long lasting! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Margarethenry

    December 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM Reply

    The Japanese people are generally a quite reserved bunch, but they sure know how to flaunt their culture. Wrapping your food like they do at the convenience store may sound intimidating, but getting a reservation to eat with a sushi master is equally as difficult. So if you’re in a rush or just plain love them, learn how to wrap your own onigiri just like the Japanese convenience store.

  • washingears

    December 16, 2021 at 12:56 PM Reply

    There are so many reasons why CONVENIENCE STOREs are so convenient for this generation. Sure, these places are best suited for quick things like grabbing some coffee on your way to work, or buying that last-minute birthday present, but they are just as BIG for things that require more time of effort. It’s always nice to have a designated place to go to for everything you need, without the need to search around. Plus, it’s always quick and easy to buy what you came for and get on your way.

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