Let’s Make Onigiri, Japanese rice balls, and make a difference with TABLE FOR TWO

Join JASWDC and special guests from Table for Two to learn about and make Onigiri, Japanese rice balls, and the Onigiri Action campaign. In this class, you will learn how to make Grilled Onigiri brushed with Soy Sauce and Cherry blossom shaped Salmon Flake Onigiri, a symbolic onigiri for the Washington DC area.



This annual “Onigiri Action”, organized by TABLE FOR TWO, is a social good campaign to address food insecurity. Participants will be able to help provide school meals to children in need in DC and around the world by simply taking a photo of their onigiri (rice balls) and post on the campaign website or your own social media with #OnigiriAction. For each onigiri photo post, TFT’s partner organizations will donate 5 school meals to children in need.

This year Onigiri Action has a sub theme “Unite the States with Onigiri” which encourages posts of “State Onigiri” from every state to increase participation and have fun with creative onigiri. Any picture of a rice ball associated with a certain state in the United States can be posted as “State Onigiri”. Post your “State Onigiri” photos with #OnigiriAction + #StateOnigiri! This Cherry blossom shaped Onigiri that you are going to make is perfect one from DC

Check the ingredients list before registering. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. We will send the recipe card a week before the class.


3 cups cooked short or medium grain rice (1 1/2 cup raw sushi rice)
1/2 pound fresh salmon filet,(or frozen, thawed) skin on
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon canola oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons mirin or 2 teaspoons sugar
1 or 2 Persian or small cucumbers
6 corn kernels, frozen or canned
Sesame seeds for garnish


1 non-stick or cast iron frying pan (8-inches)
1 small saucepan
Spatula for frying pan
6 1-inch rubber bands
Pastry brush or spoon
Plastic wrap
2 Forks
Paring knife
Microwave safe plate or bowl
Measuring spoons
Mixing bowls