Perfect Sushi Rice Recipe

Making sushi rice at home may sound a little difficult. But with the complete recipe guide of sushi rice, you can make it easily at your home. Sushi rice is different from plain steamed rice. It is made from short-grained rice is flavored with vinegar.

Sushi Rice

To make sushi rice, wash, and drain the rice properly and soak it for thirty minutes. Put this rice in a rice cooker and add water. Cook for about twenty minutes and transfer to a bowl.

Mix vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl and pour over the cooked rice. Mix the rice using a spatula. Your sushi rice is ready to use.

You can cook the rice with kombu. It is used extensively in Japanese cooking for its many benefits. It will add subtle fragrance and umami taste of kombu-infused rice.

This was just a snippet of the recipe. Find the complete recipe below. There are many other recipes that you can make with rice, I highly recommend you to check them as well.

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What Equipment Will You Need To Make Sushi Rice?

  • Rice Cooker – In a rice cooker, cook soaked rice until the water dries for about 20 minutes and rice is tender and fluffy. 
  • Bowl – Wash the rice three to four times under running water until the starch of the rice is removed in a bowl.
  • Glass Bowl – Transfer the cooked rice to a moistened glass bowl and pour vinegar seasoning over it. 
  • Sieve – Drain the rice completely with a sieve prior to cooking. 
  • Spatula – Mix cooked rice with vinegar seasoning well with a spatula. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Sushi Rice? 

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
35 Minutes20 Minutes55 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Sushi Rice? 

  • Short-Grain Japanese Rice – This uniquely sticky, plump and firm-textured variety of rice is essential for making good sushi rice!
  • Vinegar – Rice vinegar adds a rich, savory flavor that compliments any dish. 
  • Water – Wash and cook the rice in water until tender and fluffy. 
  • Salt – I have used sea salt in this recipe to enhance the flavor of the rice. 
  • Sugar – Adding the sugar will add slight sweetness, but then the rice absorbed it and the flavor became more subtle like it was meant to be.
Sushi Rice

Steps To Make Sushi Rice 

1. Preparation For The Season

Take a large bowl and add short-grain Japanese rice to the bowl. Wash the rice three to four times under running water until the starch of the rice is removed. 

Then, drain the rice completely. Soak the rice in water for about 30 minutes. Then, drain it in a sieve.

In a bowl, mix vinegar, salt, and black pepper for the rice. 

2. All Is Done

In a rice cooker, add the soaked rice along with two cups of water. Cook until the water dries for about 20 minutes and rice is tender and fluffy. 

Transfer the rice to a moistened glass bowl. Pour over the vinegar seasoning and mix it using a spatula. 

Finally, the sushi rice is ready to use.

Nutritional Information 

Calories112 kcal
Carbohydrates23.5 g
Protein1.7 g
Fat1 g
Sodium158.2 mg

How Will Sushi Rice Look And Taste Like? 

With a higher content of moisture, Japanese rice is characterized by its unique stickiness and texture, which attributes to the toothsome bite of authentic sushi rice.

Good sushi rice should look polished and shiny, and the individual rice grains should stay fairly separated instead of being all smooshed together. But that said, however your rice turns out, I assure you it will work well in sushi and be delicious!

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Sushi Rice

Sushi Rice Recipe

Learn how to make sushi rice perfectly every time with step-by-step. All you need are simple ingredients such as sushi vinegar, sugar, salt, and short-grain rice. Once you master the secret of making the rice, you will be ready to dish up all kinds of mouth-watering sushi recipes!
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Rice/Assorted Breads
Cuisine American
Servings 5 people
Calories 112 kcal

Equipment

  • Rice Cooker
  • Bowl
  • Glass Bowl
  • Sieve
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups  Short-Grained Japanese Rice
  • 4 tablespoon Vinegar
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the rice. Wash the rice 3 to 4 times until the starch of the rice is removed. Then, drain the rice completely.
  • Soak the rice in water for about 30 minutes until tender. Then, drain it in a sieve.
  • Mix vinegar, slat, and sugar for seasoning for the rice.
  • In a rice cooker, add the rice along with water and cook until the water dries for about 20 minutes and fluffy.
  • Transfer the rice to a moistened glass bowl. Pour over the vinegar seasoning and mix it using a spatula.
  • Finally, the sushi rice is are ready to use.

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Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.5g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 158.2mg
Keyword Easy Sushi Rice, sushi rice, Sushi Rice Recipe
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do we season rice with vinegar to make sushi rice?

This actually goes back to the origin of sushi. The literal meaning of sushi means “sour flavor.” Historically, the way people stored fish was by wrapping it in fermented rice. When they were ready to enjoy the fish, the fermented rice was tossed away.

How to know if your Japanese rice is perfectly cooked?

After the rice is steamed, the rice should be shiny and plump. The texture should be fluffy with a firm bite. And each rice grain should be sticky yet retain its shape. Mushy rice means it has too much water or it is overcooked. If the rice is fresh, you will see a nice shiny gloss on the surface of each grain. 

What type of rice is used for sushi?

The best kind of rice to use for sushi is short-grain Japanese rice, known as japonica, or shari. If you can’t source that kind of white sushi rice, then long-grain California white rice is a passable substitute.

Can you make sushi rice from regular rice?

You can make sushi using any short grain rice but long grain rice doesn’t contain enough starch to hold together. Rice is a staple in Asian cuisine, and in a dish that’s all about using just a few high-quality ingredients to craft a masterpiece, how you cook sushi rice can make all the difference.

Conclusion

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