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Korean Rice Balls (Jumeok-bap)

Korean egg and rice balls with flakes of seaweed, served in a small bento box. | Korean egg and rice balls with flakes of seaweed, served in a small bento box. |
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
yield 20 rice balls


No special tools are required to make these delightful Korean rice balls: just bring your own two hands! Each bite-size ball is a no-fuss combination of cooked rice with scrambled free range eggs, veggies, and seaweed with a subtle toasted sesame flavor throughout. They fit snugly into school lunchboxes and make for an easy, nutritionally balanced grab-and-go snack for kids and adults alike.

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For the rice balls:

  • 3 Nellie's Free Range Eggs
  • 15 oz medium-grain white rice, cooked (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup carrot, minced (about 1 medium-size carrot)
  • 2/3 cup corn, frozen
  • 1 package seaweed snacks, cut into strips


To make the rice balls:

  • Crack eggs into a medium bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat eggs with a fork until well combined.
  • Grease a nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Pour eggs into the pan and scramble until cooked. Transfer scrambled eggs to a plate and set aside.
  • Grease the frying pan with cooking spray and add carrot. Cook for a few minutes or until soft to the touch.
  • Meanwhile, add frozen corn to a microwave safe bowl and prepare according to package directions. Once cooked, chop corn coarsely to make assembling your rice balls easier.
  • In a large bowl, combine hot cooked rice with the remaining salt, toasted sesame seeds, and toasted sesame oil. Stir gently to combine.
  • Add carrot, corn, scrambled eggs, and seaweed snacks to the bowl and stir gently until combined.
  • Wash hands thoroughly. With wet hands, carefully form the rice mixture into about 20 round balls. Transfer rice balls to a bowl for serving immediately or pack in a lunch box with an ice pack for later snacking!

Nellie's Notes

  • For an easy shortcut to this healthy rice ball recipe, use instant medium-grain rice for a quick and satisfying meal.
  • These rice balls can dry out if stored in the fridge for more than a day. For best results, plan to serve your rice balls fresh or on the same day as prepared.
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