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How to Prepare Kirimochi

Kirimochi, a type of dried mochi, can be prepared using various methods. Here is the ultimate guide to simple, but delicious ways to use this ingredient.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: kiri mochi recipe, yaki mochi recipe
Servings: 2 pieces
Calories: 90kcal



  • soy sauce
  • sugar or honey
  • nori sheet

Kinako (Roasted Soybean)

  • kinako powder
  • sugar

Red Bean (Anko)

  • red bean paste

Daikon and Soy Sauce

  • daikon grated
  • soy sauce

Honey Butter

  • butter
  • honey

Natto (Slimy Fermented Soybeans)

  • natto


  • chocolate


Ways to Prepare Mochi

  • Toasted Mochi: Put the mochi in a toaster oven or non-stick pan for 5-10 minutes until puffed and nicely toasted.
  • Microwaved Mochi: Slightly dampen the surface of the kirimochi and microwave for a minute or two, until softened.
  • Grilled Mochi: Grill the mochi for about 10 minutes or until puffy and nicely toasted.
  • Boiled Mochi: Place the mochi in a pot filled with cold water. Bring the pot to a light simmer and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until the mochi is nicely softened. (Good for soups like ozoni or udon)
  • Moffle (Mochi Waffles): Place mochi blocks into a heated waffle iron for 6 minutes, or until crispy.

Flavor the Mochi

  • Isobeyaki: Toast or grill the mochi with soy sauce and sugar (optional). Wrap with a nori sheet or add nori flakes on top.
  • Kinako: Prepare mochi as desired and toss in kinako powder and sugar to taste
  • Red Bean: Prepare mochi as desired and top with red bean paste
  • Daikon and Soy Sauce: Prepare Mochi as Desired and top with grated daikon and a drizzle of soy sauce
  • Honey Butter: Toast or grill the mochi with butter. Top with a drizzle of honey.
  • Natto: Prepare mochi as desired and top with natto.
  • Chocolate: Prepare mochi as desired and top with chocolate.
  • Soup (ex: Ozoni, Udon): Boil, grill, or toast the mochi separately and add it to the soup at the very end.


Feel free to try even more flavors: matcha, black sesame, etc. There are endless possibilites!
Nutrition: Calories are calculated for 2 pieces of plain mochi only.