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Easy Japanese dessert: Grilled mochi skewers

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

With a decadent salted caramel sauce

Mochi is a kind of Japanese rice cake we can easily buy in shops nowadays. At home, we can pair it up with an all-time favorite. Does salted caramel sauce sound good?

With a decadent salted caramel sauce

Japanese food ranks high on my favorite cuisine list, but when I get a craving, I head straight to a restaurant. I leave the sushi and sashimi to the Japanese chefs, but there are actually some dishes that are very easy to prepare at home, like these mochi. Mochi is made of 100 percent rice that's pounded into a paste. Being made of rice, it's actually almost tasteless, so matching it with salted caramel sauce suddenly turns it into a really interesting dessert.

With a decadent salted caramel sauce

If you are a lover of anything caramel and rice like me, then this is a perfect chance to put them together in one bite.

Grilled mochi skewers with salted caramel sauce recipe

Yields 8 skewers


  • 8 store-bought mochi bars
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce


  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, toast the sesame seeds. When they are toasted, set them aside.
  2. On a hot griddle or grill on medium heat, lay the mochi bars flat on one side.
  3. When the bottoms become brownish and puffed up, turn them over, and cook the other side.
  4. When cooked, insert a skewer into each mochi while still hot, and serve immediately with the salted caramel sauce.
  5. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds on top.

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