Crab Rice Balls

The cuisine of The United States is a rich amalgamation of peoples, religions and cultures thanks to the immigrants from different parts of the world.  They brought with them their local ingredients as well as cooking styles with them.  Yet amidst all these varieties Chinese and Italian cuisines dominate. Onigiri- a Japanese dish made of crab rice balls is one such delicacy.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Americans developed a number of new foods.  What characterised the American cuisine is the adaptation of a fusion of multiple ethnic cooking styles. During this period food production and presentation became more industrialised.

I’ve actually never eaten crab cake before. This is appalling to me since I love seafood and crab so much. So I bought an appealing looking package of crab cakes from the frozen section of the grocery store and of course, as soon as I had had this delicious smelling treat cooked up hot from the oven, I immediately switched gears to Asian cuisine. I couldn’t help myself from thinking that this would make the perfect onigiri filling. I had an Onigiri triangle form laying around so I thought, why not? And I couldn’t have been more right. These are absolutely delicious and super easy to make.



  • 250g cooked rice

  • 80g cooked crab meat

  • 1 green onion, chopped

  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds

  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp mirin

  • 60g crab innards

  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

  • 3 sheets nori

  • 3 perilla leaves

  • 3 slices cheese

Let’s Get Cooking…

  1. Combine crab innards with 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and set aside.
  2. Combine rice, crab meat, green onions, sesame seeds, soy sauce and mirin in a bowl. Make three rice balls.
  3. Heat some sesame oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Place rice balls on top and grill on both sides.
  4. Place nori and perilla leaf together, then place a grilled rice ball on top. Top with crab innard mixture and cheese slice.
  5. Finally, add some char with a hand-held burner. Alternatively, you can bake it for 10 minutes at 250 degrees C.

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Click here , here and here for original recipe source.



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