recipe of sushi rice

Perfect Sushi Rice

25 mins
Vadim Rachok
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If you’re eager to create your own perfect homemade sushi, it is crucial to pay close attention to the quality of the rice you use. The key to achieving success lies in starting with a high-quality recipe for sushi rice that can be prepared quickly and easily on the stove. The good news is that this top-rated recipe has got you covered. With just a few simple ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry, you can create rice that is perfectly tender, sticky, and full of flavor, making it the perfect base for your homemade sushi creations. The rice will be the foundation of your sushi, and with this recipe, you can guarantee that it will be a great one.

Sushi rice — the cornerstone of every exceptional sushi roll. Mastering the art of sushi rice is akin to unlocking the gateway to sushi perfection. This recipe embodies the essence of sushi craftsmanship, offering a foolproof method to achieve rice that is not just a mere accompaniment but a star in its own right.

What Is Sushi Rice?

To prepare sushi rice, which is a special variety of short-grain white rice, one must carefully wash, soak, and cook it to achieve its distinct texture and flavor. After cooking, one mixes the rice with a blend of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt to create the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. Then, the cook cools the rice down to room temperature, during which it absorbs the vinegar mixture and becomes slightly sticky, ideal for rolling into sushi. This process results in a delectable and authentic sushi roll enjoyed by many around the world.

What’s the Best Rice For Sushi?

rice recipe for sushi

Sushi, a Japanese delicacy adored worldwide, relies on its key ingredient for perfection: the rice. The ideal choice for making sushi is short-grain Japanese rice, commonly sold as “sushi rice.” It has a higher starch content that gives it a sticky texture that is essential for rolling the perfect sushi. Whether you’re a sushi enthusiast or a chef, using the right type of rice can make all the difference in achieving a delicious and authentic sushi experience.

Sushi Rice Seasonings

Sushi rice is a key ingredient in the beloved dish, having a distinct flavor that perfectly complements the other ingredients. Traditionally, it is seasoned with rice vinegar, white sugar, and salt. This recipe, however, brings a unique twist to the classic by using vegetable oil instead. This swap allows the simple yet flavorful seasonings to stand out, creating a harmonious balance of taste and texture in every bite.

recipe for making sushi rice


My favorite way to make sushi rice is to cook it al dente, so it’s firm but not crunchy. When stirring, use a gentle slicing/folding method to keep the grains separated and avoid mashing the rice. Good sushi rice should look shiny and polished, with each grain remaining separate. Regardless of how it turns out, I guarantee it will be delicious and work well in sushi!

Use a rice cooker or Instant Pot for short-grain rice. A stovetop works too, but cook time varies. Ensure the rice is tender before removing it from heat.

Soaking rice in its cooking water before cooking for 20-30 minutes is a common practice if you have extra time. However, we tried this method a few times and didn’t notice any significant difference. Therefore, I usually skip this step and cook the rice immediately after rinsing.

We will make sushi rice by following the instructions in the recipe below. A quick overview of the process is included.

  1. Rinse the rice. An essential first step is to rinse the rice thoroughly with cold water in a fine-mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Drain off any extra water.
  2. Cook the rice. To cook the rice, boil it in water until it becomes tender. If you prefer, you can add a sheet of kombu while cooking. Below are the instructions for cooking rice using a rice cooker, pressure cooker, or stovetop.
  3. Make the sushi vinegar. While the rice is cooking, heat vinegar, sugar, and salt until the sugar dissolves. You can use a microwave or a small saucepan on the stove.
  4. Season the rice. To make sushi rice, transfer cooked rice to a mixing bowl, drizzle sushi vinegar over it, and gently fold using a spatula or rice paddle. Slice at a 45-degree angle and lift and fold the rice until vinegar is evenly mixed.
  5. Cool. To prevent the rice from drying out, cover the mixing bowl with a damp towel and make sure it touches the surface of the rice. Allow the rice to cool down to nearly room temperature by leaving it on the counter or refrigerating it.
  6. Serve. Use the rice immediately in a recipe for best results, or transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.


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Rice Cooker Instructions: Briefly stir the rice and water together in the rice cooker bowl. Add kombu on top of the rice, cover, and cook according to the instructions. Discard the kombu before serving.

Instant Pot Instructions: To cook rice in an Instant Pot, start by stirring the rice and water together in the pot bowl. Place the kombu on top of the rice, cover the pot, and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quickly release the remaining pressure. Finally, remove and discard the kombu before serving the rice.

Stovetop Instructions: To cook rice using this method, start by adding 2 1/4 cups water to a large saucepan, along with the rice. Stir the rice and water together briefly, then place a piece of kombu on top of the rice. Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook until the water reaches a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain the simmer. Cook the rice for 16-18 minutes or until it absorbs all of the liquid and becomes tender. Once cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat (with the lid still on) and let the rice steam for an additional 10 minutes. Finally, discard the kombu before serving.

Perfect Sushi Rice
Author:Vadim Rachok
Here's my recipe for the perfect sushi rice. You can eat it alone or roll it into your favorite sushi roll with your choice of ingredients. I typically use strips of carrots, cucumbers, and slices of avocado. You can adjust the amount of vinegar in this recipe to suit your taste.
recipe of sushi rice
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
5 cups
Ingredients you will need
2 cups uncooked glutinous white rice (sushi rice)
3 cups water
½ cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Let’s start !

1 Gather all the necessary ingredients.


2 Rinse the rice in a strainer under cold running water until it runs clear.


3 To cook rice, first, combine rice and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cover the saucepan and let it cook until the rice is tender and all the water has been absorbed. This should take around 20 minutes. Once done, remove the saucepan from the stove and set it aside to cool down before handling it.


4 Prepare the dressing by combining rice vinegar, oil, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook the mixture until the sugar has completely dissolved. Then, allow it to cool before stirring it into the cooked rice. Initially, the mixture may appear very wet, but keep stirring and the rice will dry as it cools.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Calories: 112
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g1%
Saturated Fat 0g1%
Sodium 158mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 24g9%
Dietary Fiber 1g3%
Total Sugars 3g 
Protein 2g 
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0mg2%
Potassium 20mg0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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When preparing sushi rice, precision is key. Be sure to rinse the rice thoroughly to remove excess starch, which can result in a gummy texture. Additionally, when combining the vinegar mixture with the cooked rice, use a gentle folding motion to evenly distribute the flavors without crushing the delicate grains. And remember, patience is a virtue—allow the seasoned rice to cool slightly before using it in your sushi creations to ensure optimal texture and flavor. With a little attention to detail and a dash of culinary finesse, you'll be well on your way to crafting sushi rice that's truly worthy of the finest sushi bars.

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