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How to Make Sushi Rice

The key point to making perfect Sushi at home is well-cooked rice. With our Sushi Rice Recipe, you can prepare restaurant-quality sushi rolls every time.

March 28, 2021
Sushi RicePhoto By Canva
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 35 mins
Total 45 mins



  1. Put the rice in a large bowl. Soak in cold water for about 30-45 minutes. Wash several times until the water becomes clear.
  2. Strain the water with a colander and leave it at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  3. Put the rice and 2 glasses of water in a pot. Let it boil over high heat. After the water boils, cook on low heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. When the rice water is absorbed, turn off the stove and leave it to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, to prepare sushi vinegar; cook the sugar, salt and rice vinegar in a separate pan. Continue cooking until the sugar dissolves. Then leave the vinegar mixture to cool.
  6. Transfer the rice to a bowl. Pour the vinegar over the rice. Gently mix the rice and vinegar with the spatula.
  7. The sushi rice you season with vinegar is ready to use.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Sushi Rice
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Sodium 706 mg30.7%
Potassium 1 mg0%
Protein 6 g12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Make sure to wash the rice well. This process will allow the rice to be cleansed from starch.
  • Use a wooden spoon. Metal spoons can cause the taste and consistency of the rice to change.
  • Make sure to use sushi rice. The other types of rice may not give the same consistency.
  • To prevent the sushi rice from drying out, cover the rice bowl with a paper towel until you are ready to use it.
  • Pour the vinegar while the rice is hot. This makes the rice brighter.
  • Do not keep the rice in the refrigerator. This can cause it to dry out.
  • You can also choose white wine vinegar instead of rice vinegar.
  • You can also buy ready-made sushi vinegar. In this case, you do not need to prepare the sugar, salt and rice vinegar mixture.
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Making sushi rice is actually not difficult. Rice, which forms the basis of the most delicious dishes of Japanese cuisine, is one of the elements that determine the quality of the meal. Sushi rice is also the most important ingredient you need to make delicious and perfectly consistent sushi.

Prepare California Roll, Philadelphia Roll or any other sushi at home with sushi rice seasoned with vinegar, sugar and salt. You can prepare in a rice cooker, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop. Try Sushi Rice, which has a slightly sweet-sour flavor and is cooked to the perfect consistency. Bon Appetit.

What Is Sushi Rice?

Sushi rice is cooked rice flavored with vinegar-based spices. The rice used in making sushi rice is special. It is a low-sugar, generally gluten-free type of rice. This type of rice, specially produced for sushi making, is sticky. Its water rate is high. It is prepared with short grain rice in Japan. In countries such as Thailand and Vietnam, it is made from long grain rice. In some cuisines, brown sushi rice is also preferred for making sushi rice.

What Kind Of Rice Is Best For Sushi?

Special rice should be preferred for sushi rice. Long grain Basmati and Jasmine rice results in a dry and firm rice. Therefore, when choosing rice for sushi, short grain Japanese rice should be used. This type of rice both has a sticky texture and retains its soft consistency after cooling.

Japanese rice can also differ in texture, color and luster. Yet Japanese rice is different in consistency and flavor from jasmine rice or other types of rice. It has higher moisture content.

Is Sushi Rice Gluten Free?

Sushi rice can contain gluten. White vinegar made from corn or wheat is used in some sushi rice making. Sushi rice made with wheat-based vinegar contains gluten. However, gluten-free choices are available also.

How To Make Perfect Sushi Rice At Home?

To make sushi rice at home, follow the steps below.

  1. Choose Japanese short grain rice. You can get the best results with sushi rice, which is different in consistency and flavor than other rice.
  2. Wash thoroughly to separate the starch from the rice. Also, soak the rice for 30 minutes before cooking. In this way, the rice will have a better texture and sticky consistency.
  3. Cook with an electric rice cooker, pot, or instant pot.
  4. Adjust the balance of sweet, salty and sour. Use rice vinegar, sugar, and salt to season the sushi rice. You can also add kombu to get a consistency.

How To Cook Sushi Rice?

It can be cooked with a rice cooker or Instant Pot.

How To Make Sushi Rice In The Rice Cooker?

When cooking sushi rice with the rice cooker, first wash the dishes. Then add rice and cold water. As included in our recipe, cook it first on high heat and then on low heat. In a separate saucepan, cook the vinegar, sugar and salt. Then slowly pour the vinegar over the rice. Mix rice and vinegar with a wooden spoon.

How To Make Sushi Rice In The Instant Pot?

When making sushi rice with the instant pot, wash the rice well. Drain the water. Then put cold water and rice in a pot. Cook the rice for 6 minutes in the instant pot. Meanwhile, mix the rice vinegar, salt and sugar in a bowl. Then release the pressure by opening the vent. Carefully open the lid of the pot. Put the rice in a glass bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Mix gently with a spatula.

How to Store Sushi Rice?

After the sushi rice has cooled completely, you can store it in an airtight container. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can also store it in the freezer. But the texture of the rice that is frozen when it is thawed will not be very good. For this reason, we recommend that you prepare the rice fresh, especially when making sushi.

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