In Japan, who eats onigiri?

In Japan, it is not a specific group of people who eat Onigiri.
These are people of all ages. Onigiri is a regular part of the Japanese lunch. Onigiri was invented several hundred years ago, and has been quite popular ever since. And there are several reasons for that.

Onigiri is very easy to take on the go. The ingredients used to make onigiri can last for several hours. It won’t be boring like a sandwich.

Onigiri often consists of 3 ingredients and the 3 ingredients encompass the entire food pyramid. With very few ingredients you can have a healthy and nutritious meal.
Onigiri is very popular among students. For very little money, you can have a tasty meal that will keep you full for many hours.

Read more about the mini e-book: 5 healthy Japanese onigiri for one

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What does onigiri mean?

Onigiri - Japanese rice ball with filling
Onigiri is a Japanese word and means Japanese rice ball.
Rice plays an important role in Japanese cuisine. It is a staple food cuisine and is found in every Japanese home.
Most people have heard of short grain rice used for sushi rice. It is also the type of rice used for onigiri.
In Japan, the tasty rice ball contains one to two ingredients that compliment each other really well.

To ensure that the body also gets the vitamins and nutrition it needs, Sushi nori is wraped tightly, around the rice ball, so that it lies completely smooth. So with quite a few ingredients, rice ball embraces the entire diet pyramid.

Several have asked for healthy Japanese Onigiri. I have made a Mini e-book “5 healthy Japanese onigiri for 1”, where I teach you step by step how to make the tasty rice balls with filling.

Read more about the Mini e-book “5 healthy Japanese onigiri for 1”

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What are the characteristics of Japanese onigiri?

Onigiri - Japanese rice ball with filling

In Japan, onigiri is a regular part of Japanese cuisine.
It is a rice bun with filling and it is related to sushi. Onigiri consists of rice, seaweed and tasty filling. If you look at classic sushi, it also consists of rice, seaweed and tasty fillings.

Onigiri are very popular in Japan. It is a cold dish that keeps well too, even if they are not stored in a refrigerator.
Onigiri is a dish that is eaten all year round and at all hours of the day. They are readily available throughout Japan.
You can buy it from small shops with refrigerated counters to restaurants that specialize in making onigiri with delicate fillings.

In Japan, onigiri is most often made with fish, seafood and local ingredients prepared in different ways. It is an easy and quick way to get a delicious meal that contains all the vitamins, minerals and proteins the body needs.

Read more about Online live food course: Japanese onigiri for beginners

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Online culinary class: Japanese onigiri rice balls for beginners

Onigiri - Japanese rice ball with filling

Come and join the online live course and learn, and make tasty Japanese onigiri, like a rice bun with unique and tasty filling.
In Japan, onigiri is a popular eat, which is suitable for both lunch and dinner. It is a rice bun with seaweed and filling which is enjoyed by both children and adults.

On the onigiri course for beginners you will learn how to make rice balls with filling.
You will learn how to cook tasty rice, which is suitable for making rice balls.
You use the ingredients and ingredients that are best suited for onigiri.
You will learn how to make 3 different tasty fillings by using Japanese ingredients.
You learn step by step, to use different hand techniques, to make 6 onigiri with 3 different fillings.
And much more

Read more about what you learn Online live course onigiri for beginners

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

The healthiest Japanese lunch consists of only 3 different ingredients

Yes, that’s for real.

One of the Japanese favorites to eat for lunch is an onigiri which usually consists of only 3 ingredients. When I talk about the classic Japanese onigiri, it contains rice, seaweed and fish.

Most people know fish is healthy. The Japanese are the population in the world that eats most fish. Their favorite fish are fatty fish, which are rich in omega 3.

The Japanese are also the population that eats the most seaweed. Seaweed is not just seaweed. There are many different types of seaweed depending on the dish to be made. Seaweed is the vegetable in the world that contains the most vitamins and minerals.

Since 2004 I have been eating onigiri in Japan. It was my Japanese kendo teacher in Tokyo who mentions me the classic Japanese lunch dish, which is also ideal when on the go.

Several have asked me if I do teach online cooking classes, and yes I do. I have therefore developed a new online course where you learn step by step to make 5 onigiri with 5 different kinds of fillings. It ranges from cooking rice, buying fish to the Japanese hand techniques used to make onigiri.

You can read more about the course Onigiri (stuffed rice balls) for beginners

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Online food course: Onigiri rice balls for beginners


Join an online course and learn, and make tasty Japanese onigiri which is a rice bun with unique and tasty filling. In Japan Onigiri is a popular food that is suitable for both lunch and dinner. It is a rice bun which is enjoyed by both children and adults.

On the onigiri course for beginners you will in short learn

– cook tasty rice which is suitable for making stuffed rice balls.
– Make 5 different tasty fillings by using Japanese ingredients and ingredients.
– step by step learns by using different hand techniques  to make 5 onigiri with 5 different fillings.

And much much more

Read more about what you learn on the online course Japanese Onigiri for beginners

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.