Onigirazu おにぎらず (Rice Sandwich)

Onigirazu おにぎらず,also known as rice sandwich, has become a popular Japanese dish in recent years. In fact, Onigirazu was first introduced more than 20 years ago in Cooking Papa, a Japanese manga series. Compared with traditional Onigiri, Onigirazu is easier to shape and less messy: simply wrap the fillings with a piece of roasted seaweed and you’re good to go. Onigirazu can also be stuffed with more fillings. It’s an easy, healthy and delicious lunch option. 

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 60-70g thinly sliced beef
  • 40g carrots
  • several pieces dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 serving cooked rice (hot or cold)
  • For the teriyaki sauce: 1tbs soy sauce
  • 1tsb honey
  • ~60ml water

You can use the soaking water of mushrooms instead of normal water to make the teriyaki sauce.


  1. Reconstruct dried shiitake mushrooms by soaking. Boil and drain the shredded mushrooms and carrots.
  2. Heat little oil in a pan, add thinly sliced beef and mixture made of soy sauce, honey and water.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce is reduced and becomes shinny. Add ground pepper if desire.
  4. Fry an egg.
  5. Place a nori sheet on a large piece of plastic wrap, then spread half of the cooked rice in the centre.
  6. Place a thin layer of shredded carrots and mushrooms on the rice layer.
  7. Place fried egg and teriyaki beef on top.
  8. Place remaining rice on top. Fold the four corners of the nori sheet ( direction shown by the arrows) and wrap tightly with the plastic wrap.
  9. Seam side down, cut the onigirazu in half with a sharp knife.

Onigirazu is just very convenient and simple. You can also be creative with the fillings. It’s a perfect lunch option.

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