Snowman Rice Balls decorated with gim (nori)

Snowman Rice Balls (Jumeokbap) for Christmas!

Snowman Rice Balls or Jumeokbap is a great delicious savory treat that's decorated with all edible dried seaweed (gim or nori), perilla and carrots. Great for parties and fun project to do with kids for the holidays.

Course rice
Cuisine Korean
Keyword fun, holiday, kids
KoreanCategory Bap (밥)
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 snowman
Calories 231 kcal
Author JinJoo


  • 4 cups cooked rice short grain
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 ~1/2 tsp salt good sea salt is best
  • black sesame seeds
  • 1 sheet nori kimbap gim 김밥 김
  • 1 perilla leaf
  • 1 small carrot


  1. Cook rice to make about 4 cups. If you cook about 1 1/2 cup uncooked rice, it should be plenty.
  2. While the rice is cooking, prepare the stuffing.
  3. SPAM: Cut spam into thick strips and fry them in the pan with a drizzle of soy sauce and red chili pepper.
  4. Ground beef: Cook 3 oz of ground beef in a pan with 2 tsp of soy sauce, 2 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of mirin (rice wine), 1/2 tsp of garlic powder (or fresh chopped garlic), sprinkling of black pepper and toasted sesame seeds.
  5. EGG JIDAN: Lightly whisk 2 eggs and season with salt. Pour it into a heated frying pan on medium heat. When edges are cooked, turn it over and cook for a short time. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into thin slices.
  6. Cut perilla leaf into strips - to make snowman muffler.
  7. Cut Gimbap Gim (Sushi Nori) to make the hat, eyes, mouth, buttons and muffler. See video for details.
  8. Peel and cut carrot slice into tiny triangles to make the nose. See video.
  9. Season cooked rice with sesame oil and salt. If using sea salt, use about 1/2 tsp per 4 cups of rice. Use less if it's table salt or something saltier than sea salt. Mix rice. Cover and set aside.
  10. Make snowman's head and body by lining a small bowl with plastic wrap and then spreading rice around the bottom part of the bowl.
  11. Place stuffing in the center of rice and then close up the saran wrap to make it into rice ball.
  12. Place head rice ball on top of body rice ball. Decorate with cut gim pieces to make the snowman face and body buttons (dried seaweed).
  13. You can serve some dipping soy sauce and wasabi for people who have the heart to break up the snowman and eat it!!

Recipe Notes

Here are some possible stuffing ideas (see my Jumukbap recipe for details)

Nutrition Facts
Snowman Rice Balls (Jumeokbap) for Christmas!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 2580IU52%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.