Onigiri with salmon and bonito

Onigiri with salmon and bonito

From
Izakaya
Makes
6
Photographer
Chris Chen

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
440g japanese short-grain rice
125g salmon fillet, skin on
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons bonito flakes
2 teaspoons japanese soy sauce
1 tablespoon oil
2 sheets nori
japanese soy sauce, to serve

Method

  1. Wash the rice in a sieve under cold running water. Put the rice and 685 ml cold water in a small, heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Cover with a tight fitting lid, reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff the rice with a spatula or large spoon and cover with a clean tea towel. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the griller (broiler) to high. Lay the salmon skin-side up on a piece of baking paper and sprinkle the salt on the skin. Grill for 5 minutes, or until the skin is dark golden and puffed. Turn over and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, peel off the skin, then roughly chop the salmon. Use a fork to finely flake the salmon, then put in a small bowl with the bonito flakes and soy sauce. Mix well.
  3. Line a teacup with plastic wrap, making sure it hangs over the side. Brush the plastic wrap with water. Gently press 1 loosely packed cup of rice into the teacup. Use a finger to make an indentation in the centre of the rice and put 1 tablespoon of the salmon mixture into the indentation. Draw the sides of the plastic wrap over the rice, remove from the teacup and firmly twist to enclose the rice. Keep twisting until the rice forms a ball. Repeat this process to make another five rice balls (avoid using any hardened rice on the base of the saucepan). Leave the rice wrapped in the plastic and set aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Cut the sheets of nori into six 3 cm wide strips.
  5. Unwrap the rice balls and place one ball in the centre of each piece of nori. Gently press the nori into the sides of the ball and serve with the soy sauce.
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