Easy Broiled Onigiri with Bonito Flakes and Cheese

Easy Broiled Onigiri with Bonito Flakes and Cheese

This is a prize-winner! Just shape these rice balls with soy-sauce-flavored bonito flakes, sprinkle cheese and toast them in a toaster oven. It's a taste both kids and adults will enjoy.

Ingredients: 4-5 rice balls

Plain cooked rice
3 rice bowls' worth
Bonito flakes
2 packs (3 g x 2)
Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
Easy melting cheese
as needed


1. Add soy sauce and shiro-dashi to the bonito flakes and mix.
2. Add flavored bonito flakes to the white rice, and blend evenly with a rice paddle.
3. Pack rice into triangles. Shape into desired sizes (I made 5 rice balls). Place rice balls on an oiled aluminum foil.
4. Sprinkle easy melting cheese on top, taking care not to spill, and pop them in a toaster oven.
5. Once the cheese has browned to a golden finish, they're ready to serve. The addition of cheese fortifies the rice with more calcium.
6. Try packing the centers with cheese or salmon.

Story Behind this Recipe

I came up with this easy rice dish that is perfect for breakfast. When eating onigiri, my husband always asks me to make these. My kids love cheese. This gave me the idea to combine these ingredients together.