What you choose to put in your Onigiri will say a lot about you. Do you like sweet things, salty things, savory things. Really the sky is the limit with what you put in your Onigiri. Two of my favorites, depending on mood are red bean (imagine a bean that almost tastes like chocolate but with none of the regret, haha), and secondly but never with the red bean, is tuna. I could eat tuna Onigiri every day. It’s that good. Try fillings like, teriyaki chicken or beef, sweet potato, broccoli and carrot slaw. You name it, you can do it, with Onigiri fillings.
Being properly prepared is key to success in cooking for your family and friends. Make sure you have all the ingredients ready. Put everything you need to cook the dish out the night before. Make sure you have all the cooking equipment and ingredients required. This can seriously reduce stress and anxiety levels.
For me, having some cookbooks around for inspiration always helps. Now, not all of these are specifically Onigiri, but they are standards in my kitchen and I look to them for flavor ideas. Click the following photos for more information on each book!
Don’t let the cover scare you, The Book of Basic Japanese Cooking : 110
Recipes (in Japanese/English) is in English and Japanese, so it will help your language skill too!