Outdoor Cooking, Sides, Vegan

Smoked Grilled Miso Onigiri

Cooking method:

Ninja Woodfire Electric BBQ Grill & Smoker
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Preheat Time: 9 mins
  • Cook Time: 16 mins
  • Total time: 55 mins
  • Skill Medium
  • Serves 6 people

Smoked Grilled Miso Onigiri

These sweet, savoury and salty Smoked Grilled Miso Onigiri make a comforting snack or side dish.

Utensils required


Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Sesame


  • 250g sushi rice
  • 330ml cold water
  • 30ml rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mirin, divided
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp miso paste (red miso paste works best)
  • 2 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cooking sake
  • 2 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Cooking spray
  • Furikake seasoning, optional

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  • Step 1

    Soak the rice for 10 minutes in cold water, drain and rinse until the water runs clear. Place into a medium saucepan and add the 330ml cold water. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until cooked and all liquid has gone. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 20 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Stir in the rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon mirin, sugar, and sea salt.

  • Step 3

    To install the grill plate, position it flat on top of the heating element and gently press down until it clicks into place and close lid. While holding the smoke box lid open, use the pellet scoop to pour pellets into the smoke box until filled to the top. Then close the smoke box lid.

  • Step 4

    Turn dial to GRILL and press WOODFIRE FLAVOUR. Set temperature to HI and set time to 6 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin preheating (preheating will take approx. 9 minutes).

  • Step 5

    Mix miso paste, agave, cooking sake, coconut oil, sesame oil, ground ginger and remaining 1 tablespoon mirin together in a small bowl.

  • Step 6

    With wet hands divide rice into 6 equal portions then form into triangular shapes. Brush over a thin layer of the miso mixture on all sides of the onigiri. Reserve any remaining marinade.

  • Step 7

    When unit beeps to signify it is pre-heated and “ADD FOOD” is displayed, open lid and spray the grill plate liberally with cooking spray. Using a spatula place the onigiri on the grill plate. Using the back of the spatula press down firmly. Close the lid to begin cooking.

  • Step 8

    When unit beeps and display reads “FLIP”, open the lid and flip the onigiri, again pressing firmly down. If any marinade remains, baste the onigiri. Close lid and complete cooking.

  • Step 9

    Once cooking is complete, remove onigiri and serve immediately, sprinkling with Furikake seasoning if desired.