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Spicy Crab Rice Balls 🦀 I’m not sure if these qualify as #onigiri, I googled it quite a bit and I think so? Either way they were the clear inspiration behind them! This recipe yields about 10-14 balls depending on size.

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Why You’ll Love Spicy Crab Rice Balls

These are very fresh, and extremely delicious! Honestly, they are super easy to make, and the perfect appetizer. I made them for my friends and these were gone within 10 minutes.

spicy crab rice balls

How To Prepare Spicy Crab Rice Balls

🍚 First, cook the sushi rice (I cook mine in a rice cooker and seasoned with pinch of salt, 2 tbsp rice vinegar and 1/2 tbsp sugar).

🦀 Secondly, mix the crab, Serranos, green part of the scallions, rice vinegar, sesame oil, Japanese mayo and sriracha in a bowl.

🌟 Then, add some rice on plastic wrap and spread it with your fingers as shown in the video.

🏐 Add some of the crab in the center and form the ball by folding the edges of plastic wrap as shown in the video. Wrap the ball pretty tightly.

❤️ Then, add some sesame oil on your hands and smooth the rice ball using your hands.

💥 Lastly, mix the toasted and black sesame seeds. Coat the balls on sesame seeds.

Substitutions and Variations

  1. You can use imitation crab instead of king crab legs.
  2. ou know I love everything spicy, but if that isn’t your thing, you can adjust the amount of sriracha and the serrano to your desired level of heat.
  3. You can use any peppers of your choice instead of Serrano.
  4. You can use regular mayonnaise instead of Japanese mayo.
  5. You can use soy sauce instead of tamari.

Chef Nadia’s Tip

Make sure you use sushi rice, as regular rice won’t stick as well.

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Common Questions

How do I know if my rice is sushi rice?

You can find sushi rice as Calrose, japonica, Japanese sushi rice or California sushi rice.

What sushi rice do you use?

I use Calrose Rice by Botan.

Can I use regular mayonnaise instead of Japanese mayo?

Yes of course!

What tamari do you use?

You can use soy sauce instead of tamari.

What rice vinegar do you use?

I use Nakano Rice Vinegar.

Spicy Crab Rice Balls

By Nadia Aidi
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 40 minutes
Servings: 14
Spicy Crab Rice Balls 🦀 I’m not sure if these qualify as #onigiri, I googled it quite a bit and I think so? Either way they were the clear inspiration behind them!

Ingredients 

  • 1 ⅓ cups crab meat, I used king crab legs
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp Japanese mayo
  • 1 serrano, minced but also reserve some slices
  • 4 scallions, sliced but separate the green part from the white and light green part
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp sesame oil, plus more for oiling hands
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp tamari, or soy sauce
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups sushi rice, cooked in a rice cooker, seasoned with pinch of salt, 2 tbsp rice vinegar and 1/2 tbsp sugar

Directions 

  • First, cook the sushi rice (I cook mine in a rice cooker and seasoned with pinch of salt, 2 tbsp rice vinegar and 1/2 tbsp sugar).
  • Secondly, mix the crab, Serranos, green part of the scallions, rice vinegar, sesame oil, Japanese mayo and sriracha in a bowl.
  • Then, add some rice on plastic wrap and spread it with your fingers as shown in the video.
  • Add some of the crab in the center and form the ball by folding the edges of plastic wrap as shown in the video. Wrap the ball pretty tightly.
  • Then, add some sesame oil on your hands and smooth the rice ball using your hands.
  • Lastly, mix the toasted and black sesame seeds. Coat the balls on sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.004g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 434mg, Potassium: 87mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 126IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian

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