Rice Balls

rice balls

Rice balls are fun to make and fun to eat. Fill them with shrimp, avocados, and carrots for a tasty treat, or add your own favorite fillings.


  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup avocado, diced
  • 1/8 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/8 cup cooked shrimp, diced
  • Wakame or Nori seaweed to taste
  • (Optional) salted Japanese plum paste
  • Ponzu or soy sauce to taste


  1. Rinse the sushi rice until the water going through the strainer is clear.
  2. Add the rice and the water to the Instant Pot.
  3. Set the IP on high pressure for 7 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure release gradually.
  5. Cut up your filling ingredients while the pressure is releasing.
  6. Put the ingredients in small bowls to make filling the rice balls easier.
  7. Transfer the cooked rice to a mixing bowl.
  8. Add the white wine and rice vinegar and stir thoroughly.
  9. Let the rice sit for about five minutes to make it easier to work with.
  10. Put a bowl of water on your prep surface to dip your hands into before starting each rice ball.
  11. Use a serving spoon to scoop out a ball of rice and use your thumb to make an impression in the rice ball.
  12. Add one piece of each kind of filling to the depression you made with your thumb.
  13. Add a little more rice and use your hands to seal the rice ball.
  14. Repeat steps 11-13 until you have used all of the rice.


  • I have used both Wakame and Nori seaweed. The Nori was in sheets and I used one sheet. When I used Wakame, I just grabbed a pinch – maybe a teaspoon – and put it in a dish and added water to rehydrate it. The Wakame seaweed swells up a lot when it’s hydrated so you don’t need very much of it.
  • You can soak the seaweed or put it in dry. If you use Wakame, I recommend soaking the seaweed  because it will be easier to trim it to uniform sizes after it has soaked.
  • You can just snip the Nori into small pieces and insert the pieces dry. The moisture of the rice and other ingredients will puff it up.
  • You might want to prepare 1/4 cup of each type of filling to ensure you have enough. Whatever is left over can go in a salad or just sprinkle a little ponzu on it and eat it right away.


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