Japanese Shrimp Onigiri Recipe

Japanese Shrimp Onigiri Recipe

How To Make Japanese Shrimp Onigiri

Onigiri is a popular Japanese snack made of seaweed-wrapped rice balls. Make this deep-fried tempura onigiri recipe as a great to-go snack.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 1egg
  • 1cupall-purpose flour,divided
  • ½cupcold water
  • 8raw shrimps,peeled and deveined, tails left on
  • oil,for frying
  • ¾cupdashi
  • ¼cupsoy sauce
  • ¼cupmirin
  • cupsrice,cooked, for serving
  • salt,to taste
  • 1seaweed strip,roasted, cut into 8 equal pieces


  1. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup of flour and the cold water and whisk to combine.

  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator.

  3. Add the remaining flour to a shallow dish. Dredge each shrimp in the flour, shaking off any excess.

  4. Heat the oil in a large pot until it reaches 350 degrees F.

  5. Dip the floured shrimp into the chilled batter.

  6. Fry the shrimp until they float to the top and are golden brown in color.

  7. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

  8. In a medium pan, combine the dashi, soy sauce, and mirin, and bring to a boil over high heat. Transfer to a small bowl.

  9. To make the onigiri rice balls, first wet your palms with water and coat with a little bit of salt.

  10. Take a handful of rice and make an indent in the middle.

  11. Dip a shrimp into the soy sauce mixture, then place in the center of the rice.

  12. Wrap the rice around the shrimp, creating a triangle shape.

  13. Wrap a strip of seaweed around the rice ball. Repeat with remaining ingredients.


  • Calories: 322.63kcal
  • Fat: 3.21g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.49g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.60g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.87g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.14g
  • Fiber: 0.49g
  • Sugar: 0.10g
  • Protein: 8.33g
  • Cholesterol: 27.77mg
  • Sodium: 515.21mg
  • Calcium: 18.40mg
  • Potassium: 152.42mg
  • Iron: 1.45mg
  • Vitamin A: 13.12µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.15mg
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