It is a universal expectation that if you are a college student, you will spend your time being sick of the cafeteria food, and therefore resorting to microwaveable Kraft macaroni and cheese dinners three times a week. On your list of priorities, passing your classes is most likely first and making elaborate meals comes in dead last.

However, thanks to the power of the internet, thousands of aspiring chefs are posting quick and easy recipes that you can make the time for. You can put an end to going to bed hungry because you fell into a hole of watching food TikToks with this recipe from the app itself. To see the original TikTok of this recipe, check out user @ballehurns.

These crispy rice balls are a spin on the classic Japanese dish, onigiri. Onigiri is made from white rice formed into triangular shapes, with a filling of salmon, tuna and many more options. This version is a little simpler, and is perfectly manageable for any skill level.

Japanese Rice Balls (serves 1-2 people)


1 ½ cups white rice (leftover takeout rice works great for this)

1 tsp vinegar

½ tsp Everything but the Bagel seasoning, only available at Trader Joe's (or seasoning of your choice).

¼ cup shredded cucumber

¼ cup shredded carrot

Heaping spoonful of cream cheese

Protein: choose between salmon, tuna or tofu


In one bowl, add the vinegar to the white rice. Then, sprinkle on the seasoning and mix.

In another bowl, add the shredded cucumber, shredded carrots, cream cheese and protein of your choice. Mix them together to create your filling.

Grab some plastic wrap, and spread an even layer of rice onto the wrap. Add about 1 tsp of filling to the center.

Then, grab the plastic wrap and squeeze the rice mixture into a ball.

You can stop here, or you can pan fry them for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy.

These take only about 10-15 minutes to make, and are perfect for any meal or snack at any time of the day. 

Marissa Conter is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter: @marissaconter.

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