How To Eat Sticky Rice Wraped In Seaweed

There is something irresistible about sticky rice wrapped in seaweed and many people may be eager to learn how to eat this delicious snack in the right way. Sticky rice and seaweed rolls can be eaten as an appetiser, a snack or a meal depending on preference and portion size. The perfect eating method involves some technique and know how.

Sticky Rice Wrap Preparation

The first step is to ensure the sticky rice is ready to be rolled. It can come in a variety of forms, such as boiled, steamed, fried or oven-baked, and any of these methods are suitable. Ensure the sticky rice is still warm to make it easier to roll. Once the sticky rice is warm, the seaweed wrap needs to be prepped. Soak the seaweed in water for about 5 minutes or until it is soft and pliable. The seaweed needs to be dried off with a paper towel before adding it to the sticky rice.

Filling Ingredients

Typically the filling ingredients are sushi grade fish, such as salmon or tuna, as well as other ingredients like avocado or cucumber. Other options include pickles, egg, and vegetables. When it comes to the right proportion of fillings in the roll, the best option is to use one-half of the wrap for the ingredients and the other half for the sticky rice. This helps to keep the roll together.

Rolling Instructions

Once the ingredients are prepared, place the filling ingredients in the center of the seaweed wrap. Carefully fold each side of the wrap towards the center to create a burrito-like shape. Place the sticky rice in the center, ensuring that the entire wrap is covered. Carefully roll the edge of the seaweed wrap towards the centre, using one hand to tuck the ingredients in and the other hand to push the wrap away from you. Gently press down the wrap to ensure the sushi roll is firmly in place. Finally, cut the roll into smaller pieces and serve.

Additional Tips

To ensure the sticky rice wrap stays intact, sprinkle sesame oil on each side of the wrap. This helps to keep the wrap from becoming sticky. Carefully dampen the cutting blade with a damp towel before cutting the sushi roll. This prevents the sticky rice from sticking to the blade. For extra flavour, garnish the roll with some sesame seeds or a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.


The toppings you choose can add an extra dimension of flavor to the sushi roll. The most common toppings include teriyaki sauce, spicy mayonnaise, toasted sesame oil, chia seeds or finely diced vegetables. Each of these toppings can provide an extra kick to the sushi roll. Additionally, for a healthier option, you can also add sugar-free dressing.

Serving Suggestions

Sticky rice wraps make a delicious appetiser or snack and can be enjoyed alone or with a side of soba noodles. For a main course, the wraps can be served with miso soup and a side of fruit. The wraps also pair nicely with fresh green salads or grilled vegetables.

Gluten-Free Options

For those looking for gluten-free options, there are several options available. Brown rice is a great substitute for sticky rice and there are several gluten-free seaweed wraps on the market that are perfect for making sushi rolls. Additionally, most ingredients used in the filling of the rice wrap can be certified gluten-free.


Eating sticky rice wraps is not difficult and is actually quite enjoyable. Once you understand the basics of rolling the wrap and selecting your ingredients, it will become easier each time. With practice, you will be able to make beautiful and tasty sticky rice wraps.

Michael Gates

Michael Y. Gates is an ocean biologist and author who specializes in researching and writing about sea sponges. Michael is passionate about protecting the world's oceans and educating others about the importance of conserving our marine resources.

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