How to Make a Ninja Rice Ball

I have known Jo in the blogging world for as long as there has been Muffin Tin Meals and she is incredibly talented. In wanting to bring more tutorials your way, Jo was gracious enough to share her Ninja Rice Ball Tutorial. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

This adorable ninja rice ball would make a great addition to any ninja-themed party or muffin tin meal. It would also be a wonderfully creative way to introduce your child to Japanese food staples like nori. So without further ado...

Hi, I am Jo and I blog over at A Bit Of This and A Bit Of That and talk about Montessori, crafting, sewing, muffin tin dinners (of course), life in Japan and everything in between!  I currently have a new skills festival going on, so pop over and have a look around.

I am a mum to a six yearr old boy and making cool things for boys is always a bit more tricky than girls. So having something cool and easy to make for boys is always a plus.

How to make ninja rice balls......because I bet you have always wanted to know!

This is from Ebi-kun's ninja birthday party, they are fairly straight forward to make and who doesn't love a ninja in their dinner?

What you need:

  • pre-cooked rice
  • nori sheets
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • bowl of water

I can't give you exact measurements for this, you will have to play it by ear a bit, it all depends on how big you make your rice ball. Mine were about ping-pong ball size. Japanese rice is naturally a bit sticky, if you are not using Japanese rice, a shorter grain is preferable and I have been told that adding a little extra water when you start to cook the rice will help making it sticky (I have never tried this myself).
  • You will need a squarish piece of nori to cover most of the rice ball, 
  • A long strip about an inch/2cm wide for the face mask and a rice ball. 
  • To make the ball wet your hands then cup it in your palm, move it round until it is ball shaped. It is easier if you make all the rice balls first.

  • Take your long strip and gentle fold it in half, cut a triangle into the folded edge, open it out, you should have a diamond cut into the strip.

  • Gently dip your nori strip into the bowl of water until it starts to soften, then wrap it around the rice ball. 
  • Then, wet the square of nori and wrap that around the back of the ball, I have found that some nori works better than others for this, I'm not sure why. 
  • The ball should be completely covered with nori except for the diamond hole. 
  • Use a hole punch to punch out the eyes, I use a wet chopstick to pick up and place the eyes, you could also cut the eyes out if you don't have a spare hole punch.

That is it, and in next to no time you will have a clan of ninja. What is the collective noun for ninja? a stealth of ninja? A sneak of ninja? Anyone know the answer?

If you are looking for more ninja inspiration you can also make a needle felted ninja or a ninja cushion. Thank you for having me Michelle, it's been fun!


  1. my son would love this.. I am not sure if I can tackle it though... Ihave the nori sheets.. but I never have luck with them......

  2. These are so cute, and I love Jo's blog too. Great quest post!

  3. They are so cute! My kids take a little pack of nori to school everyday as a snack. I'm definitely going to try these over the weekend. Thanks!

  4. Ohmigosh, LOVE these - so cute!

  5. I am consolidating tutorials on Onigiri. I would love to feature this on my blog. I will be including just an excerpt and put a link back on your blog for the whole tutorial. I'd like to ask for your permission please.