Savor the authentic taste of Japanese mochi rice cake with these easy-to-make Kiri Mochi recipes. Using simple ingredients, even those new to mochi can enjoy these delicious treats!
Kiri mochi is a versatile and popular Japanese rice cake that's easy to work with. With its mild, slightly sweet flavor, it can be used in both savory soups and sweet treats.
Whether you're a seasoned mochi lover or trying it for the first time, kiri mochi is an excellent choice for experimenting with new recipes and flavors. Give it a try and discover the delicious possibilities!
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- Japanese rice cakes
- How to cook kiri mochi
- 8 Ways to enjoy kiri mochi
- Easy and simple kiri mochi recipes
What is Kiri Mochi?
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice with a gooey and chewy texture. The mochi itself is not sweetened, which makes it a versatile food that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Kiri mochi is a type of mochi pre-cut into rectangular shapes; it's dried, hard like bar soap, and available year-round. Kiri mochi is a popular pantry food as it comes in convenient individual packages and has a long shelf life, which lasts several months.
This Sato no kiri mochi is the most famous brand and is pre-cut with a slit, which makes it easier to break apart by hand and cook evenly.
*Mochi should be enjoyed with caution as a potential choking hazard, especially for the elderly and small children. When enjoying mochi, always exercise caution and take small bites to ensure safe consumption.
How To Cook Kiri Mochi
To cook kiri mochi, you can use a toaster oven or a dry frying pan.
If using a toaster oven, preheat it to 390°F (200°C) and place the kiri mochi in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes until the kiri mochi puffs up and turns slightly golden.
If using a dry frying pan, heat the pan over medium heat and place the kiri mochi on the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the bottom becomes slightly golden, then flip it over and cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes until golden and puffy.
Be careful not to overcook the kiri mochi, as it can become tough.
How To Eat Kiri Mochi
Once cooked, kiri mochi can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings, as you see below. It can also be added to soups and stews for a chewy texture and delicious flavor.
- For sweet dishes: Anko paste (red bean paste), kinako powder, sugar
- For savory dishes: Soy sauce, nori seaweed, daikon oroshi, natto, scallions
Find kiri mochi recipes in the following!
Kiri Mochi Recipes
Discover 8 delicious kiri mochi recipes below!
1. Oshiruko (Sweet Red Bean Soup)
This Oshiruko is made with red bean paste and small mochi rice cakes, creating a smooth, sweet broth that will delight your taste buds.
You can make this authentic Japanese dessert at home with simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions!
2. Anko Mochi
Anko Mochi is a popular Japanese confectionery beloved by many people in Japan. Combining sweet anko (adzuki bean paste) and soft but crispy yaki mochi creates a delicious and satisfying treat.
3. Kinako Mochi
Kinako Mochi is made from mochi dusted with kinako (roasted soybean flour) and sugar. The chewy mochi, the nutty yellow kinako, and a hint of sweetness combine to create a uniquely delicious treat.
4. Grilled Mochi with Sweet Soy Sauce
Dipping yaki mochi in a sweet soy sauce blend is a quick and easy way to enjoy the yaki mochi, a popular method in Japan. The combination of savory soy sauce and sweet sugar complements the chewy texture of the mochi rice cake.
5. Isobeyaki Mochi
Isobeyaki Mochi is made by grilling or toasting mochi rice cake, seasoning with soy sauce, and wrapping it with a strip of nori seaweed. It offers a unique and savory combination of flavors and textures that is hard to resist.
6. Natto Mochi
Natto Mochi is a popular way to eat yaki mochi, particularly in northern Japan, including Hokkaido (where I'm from). Natto (fermented soybeans) with a strong flavor and slimy texture goes well with plain mochi.
7. Daikon Oroshi Mochi
8. Natto Oroshi Mochi
This is my favorite! Combining natto and daikon oroshi makes a hearty and flavorful meal.
Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients
If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.
- Japanese market: Mitsuwa Marketplace, Marukai
- Asian market
- Whole Foods Market
- Health food stores
- Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon
Let me show you how to cook kiri mochi! Click here to watch the recipe video.
- Warm a nonstick frying pan and cook mochi over medium heat.
- Flip them and cook the other side.
- Prepare your topping (see "how to prepare" for each) and serve with mochi.
Mochi is best enjoyed when it is warm and soft, so it's important to serve it immediately. Leaving mochi out for too long can cause it to become dry and hard, making it less enjoyable to eat.
More Recipes With Kiri Mochi
More kiri mochi recipes to give you more ideas about what kiri mochi is!
- Ozoni - Traditional Japanese new year dish that Japanese people eat on New Year's Day. It is a savory hot soup with mochi rice cakes, and vegetables, and often include chicken or fish, and is considered to be a symbol of good luck and prosperity for the new year.
- Chikara udon - A piece of kiri mochi is placed on top of the hot udon noodle soup. The word "Chikara" in Japanese means "power" or "strength," which reflects the nourishing and energizing qualities of this dish.
- Rice crackers (age mochi) - Also known as age mochi in Japanese, they are a wonderful snack that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. These crackers are made by deep frying until they become crispy and coated with sugar. This was my childhood snack.
Kiri mochi is a type of mochi pre-cut into rectangular shapes; it's dried, hard like bar soap, and available year-round. Kiri mochi is a popular pantry food as it comes in convenient individual packaging and has a long shelf life, which lasts several months.
Kiri mochi is not sweetened but has a subtle, slightly sweet flavor from glutinous rice.
Kiri mochi is made from glutinous rice that has been steamed, pounded, and shaped into small, rectangular blocks. The rice is short-grain glutinous rice, also known as sweet rice or mochi rice.
Yes! Place kiri mochi in a bowl with enough water to cover it and microwave it until it becomes soft. The mochi texture is different, but this method is time-saving as it takes only a few minutes and requires minimal effort.
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- 1 Nonstick pan
- 3 pcs Kiri Mochi, 150g
- Topping of your choice, sweet soy sauce, anko paste, kinako powder, isobeyaki, natto, daikon oroshi
- Mochi should be enjoyed with caution as a potential choking hazard, especially for the elderly and small children. Cut the mochi into small pieces and chew very well when eating.
- Serve immediately. If mochi is left out for too long, it can become dry and lose its soft texture.
- You can use a grill pan, toaster oven, regular oven, or microwave for cooking mochi.