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Experience the Ease and Flavor of Blender-Made Rice Balls

Rice balls, also known as onigiri in Japanese cuisine, are a beloved snack or meal option that offers both convenience and delicious flavor. Traditionally made by shaping rice by hand, this recipe introduces a modern twist by utilizing a blender to simplify the process without compromising on taste. With just a few simple ingredients and the power of your blender, you can create perfectly formed rice balls that are ready to be enjoyed on the go or as part of a meal.

Embracing Innovation in the Kitchen:


  • 2 cups cooked sushi rice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Nori seaweed sheets, cut into strips (optional, for wrapping)


  1. Prepare the Rice: Begin by cooking the sushi rice according to the package instructions. Once cooked, transfer the rice to a large mixing bowl and allow it to cool slightly.
  2. Season the Rice: In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour the seasoned vinegar mixture over the cooked rice and gently fold it in using a spatula until well combined. Let the rice cool completely.
  3. Blend the Rice: Once the rice has cooled, transfer it to a blender or food processor. Pulse the rice several times until it becomes slightly sticky and begins to clump together. Be careful not to overblend; you want the rice to hold its shape but still have some texture.
  4. Form the Rice Balls: Using your hands or a rice ball mold, scoop out a portion of the blended rice and shape it into a ball. If desired, you can wet your hands slightly to prevent the rice from sticking. Repeat this process until all the rice has been formed into balls.
  5. Optional: Wrap with Nori: For added flavor and presentation, you can wrap each rice ball with a strip of nori seaweed. Simply place a strip of nori on a clean surface, place a rice ball in the center, and fold the nori around the rice ball to create a neat package.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Your blender-made rice balls are now ready to be enjoyed! Serve them as a snack, pack them in a bento box for a portable meal, or enjoy them alongside your favorite Japanese dishes.

Tips for Success:

  • Experiment with Fillings: Get creative with your rice balls by adding fillings such as pickled plum (umeboshi), seasoned seaweed (nori), cooked salmon or tuna, or even a dab of wasabi for a spicy kick.
  • Keep Hands Moistened: To prevent the rice from sticking to your hands while shaping the balls, periodically wet your hands with water or a bit of rice vinegar.
  • Storage and Shelf Life: Store any leftover rice balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. If making ahead of time, wrap each rice ball individually in plastic wrap to keep them fresh.

In Conclusion:

Blender-made rice balls offer a convenient and flavorful twist on a classic Japanese snack. By harnessing the power of your blender, you can effortlessly create perfectly formed rice balls that are as delicious as they are satisfying. Whether enjoyed as a quick snack or part of a larger meal, these blender-made rice balls will surely become a new favorite in your culinary repertoire.

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