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Fish Finger Onigiri Fused by Fiona uyema

Fish Finger Onigiri

This Fish Finger Onigiri recipe is one of my boys' favourite comfort foods and a really easy lunch to make for kids. A Japanese take on a Fish Finger Sandwich!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: fish fingers, goujons, onigiri
Servings: 4
Author: Fiona Uyema


For the fish goujon

For the Onigiri

  • Cooked Japanese white rice (2 rice cooker-measured cups of uncooked rice 320g)
  • A bowl of cold water for dampening your hands to make the rice balls
  • Salt (preferably freshly ground sea salt)
  • 1 sheet of nori (make 8 strips by folding it in half then a quarter then one-eighth and then tear it with your hands or alternatively cut into 8 pieces using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife)


To make the fish fingers

  • Cut the fish into strips (goujon size). Coat the fish pieces in flour (shaking off any excess flour).
  • Season the beaten egg with soy sauce.
  • Dip the fish pieces in the beaten egg. Finally coat in panko.
  • Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and drizzle oil over the base of the tray.
  • Place the fish goujons on the tray and turn once to coat in oil. Add more oil if necessary to ensure there is a light coating of oil on the panko.
  • Place in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside. Once cooled slightly, cut goujons in half.

To make the Onigiri

  • Leave the piping hot cooked rice aside for a minute or so to avoid burning your hands.
  • Dip your hands into the bowl of water and sprinkle salt on the palms of your hands.
  • Take a handful of rice and, using both hands, shape it into an oval shape. Then, using your thumb, make a hollow in the middle of the rice ball, deep enough to fit half a fish finger.
  • Place the fish finger in the hollow. Gently fold the walls of the rice ball over the filling until it is completely covered.
  • Using both hands shape the rice ball into a triangular or oval shape, pressing firmly on the rice so it’s secure and won’t fall apart.
  • Take one of the strips of nori and wrap around the bottom of the rice ball.
  • Continue to make the rice balls until all the rice and fish fingers are used.


Did you love making these rice balls?
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