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Onigiri Vegetarian Asian Recipe

Prep Time: Minutes
Cook Time: Minutes

Nutritional Information

Onigiri is a versatile food because there are many different fillings that can go inside the rice. Many people will use meat, but it is also very common to use only vegetarian ingredients. This version is a unique take on the classic dish, and uses a healthy spinach filling with the earthy flavored Goma sauce, and the savory Tahini sauce. Flavored with kosher salt and black sesame seeds, this is one delicious meal.


  • 2 scoops Japanese Short Grain White Rice
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Sesame Seeds
  • 1 bunch Spinach (stem cut off and washed thoroughly)
  • Water (to cover one inch of dutch oven with lid)
  • 2 tbsp Tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar (plus a dash or two)
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger (crushed)
  • 1/2 clove Garlic (pressed)
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Sauce
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Salt (to taste)


  • 1. Bring water to a boil in the bottom of your dutch oven and add your chopped fresh spinach.
  • 2. Cover, lower temperature, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until silky soft. Remove from water and drain, reserve. Combine ingredients for Goma Sauce in a small dish and mix until creamy, like miso in texture. Taste and adjust seasonings until perfect for your taste buds.
  • 3. Take drained chopped spinach and combine with enough goma sauce to make a delicious filling but not enough to overwhelm the spinach. You will have a fair amount of goma sauce left over for topping the onigiri or to use in other recipes
  • 4. When rice is done, fluff it and let sit on warm for a few minutes. Then take a thick piece of saran wrap or cut open thick sandwich bag (to protect your hand from the heat) and place in a small rice bowl.
  • 5. Sprinkle with kosher salt and place enough rice to lightly cover the bottom. Put some filling on top of the rice and cover with a light layer of rice. Bring the bag edges together and press between the hands to form a triangle with fillings neatly enclosed inside.
  • 6. Put a dab of Goma paste in the center of the triangle to serve.

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