Penguin Onigir Rice Balls

Penguin Onigir Rice Balls

These are cute little round penguin rice balls to pack in your bento!

Ingredients: 2 penguins

Warm rice
As needed, to fit your mold or lunchbox
Whatever filling you prefer
Nori seaweed
to taste
Corn kernels
4 kernels
Uncooked spaghetti noodle
Boiled carrot
1 slice
Uncooked spaghetti strand


1. After stuffing your rice balls with filling, wrap up the rice in some plastic cling wrap and shape into something between a ball and a pyramid shape. Mix in or sprinkle on some salt to taste.
2. Fold a piece of parchment paper in half, then using the rice balls as a guide, make face a template for the penguins' faces.
3. Fold the nori seaweed in half and put your template halfway from the top and cut it out the shape.
4. Make slices all the way around the empty space, so that the square nori sheet will fit the rounder rice ball a little better.
5. Wrap the nori seaweed around the rice balls. Wrap with plastic cling wrap and let set.
6. Skewer the corn kernels with small strands of the spaghetti. Stick two kernels in the center of each face for the penguin's beak.
7. Punch out round pieces from the boiled carrot slice.
8. Stick the carrot circles onto the rice balls using the dry spaghetti. Punch out circles from the nori seaweed and use them for the penguin's eyes to finish.
9. Completely black penguins are also pretty adorable! In this case, punch out circles of cheese to make the eyes.

Story Behind this Recipe

I thought of a way to make cute and easy penguins for bento lunchboxes.