• Makes 26
  • 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 5 Ingredients


These Japanese rice balls are simple yet tasty little snacks that are perfect for the kids lunchbox, finger food or even as a side with some salad for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients (makes 26 Balls)

  • 2 Cups Medium Grain Rice
  • 3 1/2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cubes Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • Japanese Rice Seasoning (can be bought at any asian store)
  • Salt (to taste)


  1. Rinse rice for about 2 minutes. Dissolve stock into a little hot water and add to the water for boiling rice. Boil the rice as per packet instructions. The stock will help to flavour the rice.
  2. Give the rice a quick rinse under hot water and transfer to a bowl. Add the Rice seasoning and some salt to taste. While the rice is still hot, using a butter knife fold the seasoning and salt though. Do not mush it.
  3. Wearing gloves as this can get messy and as the rice is still quite hot, roll rice into bite size balls. Store in a container or wrap separately in plastic wrap and freeze.


There are many seasoning flavours that you can buy. They can come in packets or small jars. Please note that the seasoning is quite strong and so you don't want to use too much. Medium rice is the best to use for this recipe. You want the rice to stick together. Using short grain rice will just become mushy and long grain rice won't stick together.

  • This would be perfect for my toddler. All she likes these days is rice and two minute noodles.
    So shocking but we had two other couples over today and their toddlers also only love rice and two minute noodles!
    I will have to pass this recipe onto both of them.


  • I’d wrap this yummy recipe in seaweed to reduce falling apart in hopeless at keeping anything rice together.


  • I would be afraid this comes apart in the lunchbox creating a huge mess


  • This is a great idea! I wonder if my kids would eat them though cos they are cold!


  • What a simple recipie. Love this idea


  • I reslly enjoy rice this would go down a treat


  • What a great idea. Thanks for sharing


  • These sound amazingly easy and yummy, would probably be a nice idea if served when having stir fried veges in sauce, in centre of table, help yourself style.


  • My son loves rice these would be perfect


  • Your japanese rice balls would be delicious as party food! Thanks so much!


  • These sound quite interesting as well as child friendly


  • What a great idea! Hopefully I can find the rice seasoning as I really want to try these. Thanks for sharing!


  • A wonderful recipe idea; thanks for sharing!.


  • great recipe thanks for sharing


  • My daughters going to love these


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