What is Onigirazu?
Onigirazu is basically Japanese-styled sandwich. Instead of buns, it uses seaweed to wrap around the rice and some toppings. It’s a compact yet super filling meal option. Moreover, it’s portable, perfect to travel or take with you to picnics or social gatherings.
The version uses the viral Tortilla hack with an Asian twist. This hack makes the wrapping process easier and fun to look at.
What is the difference between Onigirazu, Onigiri and Sushi?
I like to say that Onigirazu is a less messy and easier version of sushi. Instead of rolling up neatly and cutting into thin sushi slices, with Onigirazu you only need to wrap the seaweed around the rice and toppings then cut in the middle. On the other hand, Onigiri also uses seaweed to wrap around the fillings, but it typically has a triangle or round shape.
Key Ingredients and Substitutes
The key ingredients of Onigirazu are rice and Nori seaweed. The other fillings and toppings are super versatile and you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand. For this recipe, I used:
- Teriyaki Tofu: this comes as no surprise, I really do love tofu! You can substitute this with other plant-based protein sources like mock meat products, edamame or mashed chickpeas (as vegan ‘tuna’).
- Carrot and cucumber: these are the veggies I always have, so I love to use them. You can substitute them with shredded cabbage, radish, or pickled red onions.
- Avocado: avocado is a must in my opinion. It makes the sushi sandwich more creamy and filling.
- Vegan sriracha mayo: I love this sauce, it makes the sandwich so saucy and delicious.
- Sesame seeds
When do you eat Onigirazu?
The recipe is perfect for any time of the day, but especially for breakfast or lunch. It’s normally a part of a Japanese bento lunch box.Print
If you like this recipe, also check out:
- Vegan Onigiri 3 ways (Japanese Rice Balls)
- Tofu ‘Salmon’ Rice Bowl
- Vegan Miso Ramen
- Other Japanese Recipes