Classic Japanese Sushi Rice

Classic Japanese Sushi Rice

Perfect sushi starts with perfect rice. Here's an easy recipe for Japanese sushi rice, which is a sticky rice seasoned with vinegar and sugar.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Put the rice in a large bowl and rinse it by covering it with cold running water and gently mixing it around using your hand. Carefully pour out the water and repeat rinsing until the water becomes almost clear. 
  3. Step 3

    Drain the rice in a colander and set aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Place the rice in a rice cooker and add the water. Let the rice soak in the water for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Start the cooker and set it according to your cooker's instructions. When the rice is cooked, let it steam for about 15 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Prepare the sushi vinegar by mixing the rice vinegar, sake-mash vinegar (if using), sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Put the pan over low heat and cook until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
  7. Step 7

    Spread the hot steamed rice onto a large plate or in a large bowl.
  8. Step 8

    Sprinkle the vinegar mixture over the rice and quickly fold the rice with a shamoji (rice spatula) or wooden spatula. Be careful not to smash the rice.
  9. Step 9

    To cool and remove the moisture of the rice, waft a handheld paper fan over the sushi rice as you mix it. This will give the sushi rice a shiny look.
  10. Step 10

    It's best to use the sushi rice right away to make rolls with your favorite fillings.