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How To Make Japanese Rice and Sushi Rice

How To Make Japanese Rice and Sushi Rice

  • serves 2-3
  • 35 minutes

Some fans of Japanese food may not know how to cook Japanese rice correctly, as the technique is a little different to cooking British or Indian-style rice. This recipe shows you how to make great tasting rice, perfect for all Japanese dishes. This recipe also shows you how to season your rice for making any kind of sushi.


300g white japanese rice

How To Prepare

  1. Wash Rice : Measure out the rice and put it into a deep sauce-pan or use a bowl at this stage. Add plenty of water to the pan/bowl then gently stir and mix the rice with your hand. Pour the water away, keeping the rice in the pan/bowl with your hand when the water becomes cloudy with starch. Repeat this step up to 3-5 times or until the water becomes clear. After washing the rice soak the rice for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Boil Rice : Add the rice and 360ml of water to your sauce pan and put on the stove at maximum heat until the water boils. Once the water boils, turn down the heat to minimum and let the rice simmer for about 15-20 minutes. (Make sure to keep the lid on the sauce pan at all times).

  3. Steam Rice : Once it has simmered, remove the sauce pan from the stove and leave the rice to steam for a further 10-15 minutes for authentic Japanese stickiness.

  4. Serve and Enjoy : Once the rice has finished steaming, mix well with a shamoji, or Japanese rice paddle, and serve into bowls. You can then use a choice of toppings such as furikake, Japanese pickles (tsukemono) or sauce for extra flavour.

  5. Now Turn it into Sushi Rice. 

    Requirements: Sushi Vinegar 80ml
    Wooden Sushi Bowl (Optional)

    To make sushi rice, the cooked rice needs to be mixed with sushi vinegar, which is Japanese rice vinegar mixed with salt and sugar. Mix 80ml of sushi vinegar (or about 12% of the total cooked rice weight) with the rice. To get the best flavour, the vinegar needs to be folded into the rice while it is still warm. As you are mixing the rice and vinegar together, use a fan to cool the rice and remove the moisture. Your sushi rice is now ready to be used in all types of delicious sushi. For best results use a wooden sushi bowl (sushi oke) to mix and cool the rice.

Tips and Information

-You can vary the amount of sushi vinegar slightly according to your taste.