Yaki ðomigurri (Fair Fried Tamales)

Yaki ðomigurri (Fair Fried Tamales)
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Yaki ðomigurri, pronounced 'yah-kee doh-mee-goo-ree,' is a delightful fusion dish that combines the comfort of tamales with the crispy allure of Japanese yaki onigiri. This recipe has been adjusted to serve 4 people. Enjoy the unique blend of flavors and textures in this fun and delicious meal!


  • 8 tamales (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Optional: Sriracha or another hot sauce for serving


  1. Prepare the Tamales: If using store-bought tamales, follow the package instructions to steam them until fully cooked. If using homemade tamales, ensure they are cooked and ready to go.
  2. Cool the Tamales: Allow the tamales to cool slightly, then carefully remove the husks.
  3. Shape the Tamales: Gently press each tamale into a flattened, oval shape, similar to onigiri rice balls.
  4. Heat the Pan: In a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat.
  5. Fry the Tamales: Place the flattened tamales in the skillet and fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they develop a crispy, golden-brown crust.
  6. Prepare the Sauce: While the tamales are frying, mix the soy sauce, mirin, and sesame oil in a small bowl.
  7. Glaze the Tamales: Once the tamales are crispy, brush them with the soy sauce mixture on both sides and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to allow the glaze to caramelize slightly.
  8. Garnish: Remove the tamales from the skillet and place them on a serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
  9. Serve: Serve the yaki ðomigurri hot, with optional sriracha or hot sauce on the side for an extra kick.

Yaki ðomigurri is a fun and unique dish that brings together the best of tamales and Japanese yaki onigiri. Perfect for a family meal or a special gathering, this recipe is sure to impress with its crispy exterior and flavorful interior. Enjoy!

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