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Three carrot rice balls with jack o lantern faces.

Jack-O-Lantern Carrot Rice

A recipe for Jack-O-Lantern Carrot Rice! Rice is simmered in carrot juice and decorated into Jack-O-Lanterns with pieces of nori and green onion.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine N/A
Keyword carrot, halloween, rice
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 Pumpkins


  • 1 1/2 cups (315 grams) uncooked Japanese short grain rice
  • 2 cups (473 milliliters) carrot juice
  • 1 cup (237 milliliters) water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch sugar optional
  • 2 sheets nori
  • 1 green onion


To make in a rice cooker:

  • Combine the rice, carrot juice, water, salt, and sugar. Cook according to manufacturer settings.

To make in a saucepan:

  • Bring carrot juice, water, salt, and optionally sugar to a boil. Add rice, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until all the liquid has absorbed (without removing lid), about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, remove cover, lightly fluff with a fork, and allow to cool just enough to handle.

To assemble:

  • Use a craft knife, paring knife, scissors, or stencils to cut desired jack-o-lantern shapes out of nori.
  • Discard the white and light green sections of green onion. Cut the dark green blades into 1 inch (2.5 centimeter) pieces.
  • Place a small bowl of water next to work surface. Wet hands and form handful-sized scoops of rice into a ball. If desired, wrap the rice in plastic wrap to help form a round shape.
  • Optionally, use a string to press into the sides of the ball to make the ribs of the pumpkin (ridges running from top to bottom).
  • Carefully press the cut out nori pieces in desired pattern on the front of each ball of rice.
  • Gently push the end of the green onion piece into the top to make the stem.
  • Serve immediately.