Sushi Rice

Sushi rice is the building block of Japanese sushi. Easy and the best sushi rice recipe with steamed rice, rice vinegar, salt and sugar. Use this recipe to make all kinds of homemade sushi rolls.

Sushi rice.

Sushi rice.

Sushi Rice Recipe

Sushi rice is made of steamed short-grain rice and seasoned with Japanese rice vinegar, salt and sugar.

It’s the building block of Japanese sushi, for example: maki rolls, nigiri rolls and hand rolls.

You can’t make sushi without it but this recipe is very easy and anyone can make it at home!

Japanese sushi rice recipe rolled into the shape of sushi.

Japanese sushi rice recipe rolled into the shape of sushi.

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How to Make Sushi Rice?

It’s very easy to try this recipe at home. The best recipe calls for the following ingredients:

  • Short grain rice such as Japanese rice or rose rice.
  • Kombu or dried Japanese seaweed.
  • Rice vinegar.
  • Salt and sugar.

Sushi rice seasoning.

Sushi rice seasoning.

Rice vinegar, salt and sugar are sushi rice seasoning ingredients.

First, you can cook the rice in a rice cooker. You can also use an Instant pot.

After the rice is cooked, remove it from the rice cooker and let cool in a wooden bowl.

Traditionally, it’s made in a wooden tub called hangiri.

The last step is add the seasoning ingredients, mix and blend well with the steamed rice.

Perfect sushi rice in a wood barrel.

Perfect sushi rice in a wood barrel.

Cook’s Tips

  • Wash and rinse the rice with water to remove the “starch.” The rice is ready when the water becomes clear.
  • Use an electric rice cooker to cook the rice.
  • Use a wooden bowl and spoon to stir and mix the rice and seasoning ingredients.
  • For the best flavors, use Japanese rice vinegar with dashi. It adds umami to the taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Rice for Sushi?

What is the best rice to use for this recipe?

Short grain rice is the best type of rice to use. I strongly recommend a combination of Calrose rice and Japanese rice.

Calrose has a bigger grain so when both of them are combined together in the ratio of 1:1, you get the best and perfect texture.

Can I Freeze the Leftover Rice?

Yes, you can freeze the leftover rice in the freezer or keep for a few days in the refrigerator.

Steam the rice before using to ensure freshness and good taste.

How Many Calories Per Serving?

This recipe is only 7 calories per piece.

What to Serve with this Recipe?

Use the rice to make a variety of sushi. For a healthy Japanese meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.

Yield: 40 sushi

Sushi rice

Sushi rice is the building block of Japanese sushi. Easy and the best sushi rice recipe with steamed rice, rice vinegar, salt and sugar.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Calrose rice
  • 1/2 cup sushi rice
  • 450 ml water
  • 1 piece 4-inch kombu

Sushi Rice Seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon salt

Notes

You can use 1 cup of Calrose rice or Japanese sushi rice to make the recipe. For rice vinegar, I recommend buying Japanese rice vinegar with dashi.

Nutrition Information

Yield

40

Serving Size

1
Amount Per Serving Calories 7Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 18mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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