How to Make Sushi Rice: 3 Easiest Recipes to Make Your Sushi Rice at Home

How to Make Sushi Rice: 3 Easiest Recipes to Make Your Sushi Rice at Home
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SHARE - Perfectly cooked Sushi rice is essential in making authentic sushi and enjoying Japanese cuisine. After you have mastered the perfectly spiced and creamy sushi rice, your sushi will taste a lot better. Learn how to make sushi rice recipes on this page to make it easily at home.

How to Make Sushi Rice in Rice Cooker

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One of the easiest methods of how to make sushi rice at home is in a rice cooker! Let’s look at this recipe and have a try.


  • 1 ½ cups sushi rice
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 cups filtered water


1. Put the rice and water in the rice cooker. Cook rice regarding the "white rice" setting in your rice cooker.
2. After the rice is done cooking, pour the rice vinegar all over the rice evenly. Stir the rice around to further distribute the rice vinegar. Try to be careful and do it softly, make sure you do not mash the rice.
3. Now, it is ready! You can use the rice for sushi.

How to Make Sticky Rice for Sushi

How to Make Sticky Rice for Sushi
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Now, we are going to learn how to make sushi rice either in a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, or on the stovetop. If you want to make sticky and authentic sushi rice, this recipe is great for you!


  • 2 cups Japanese short-grain rice
  • 4 inches square of kombu (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons sugar (you can use honey)
  • ¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt


1. The first step of how to make sushi rice is to rinse the rice. Rinse the rice under cold water in a big colander made of fine gauze for 1-2 minutes, or until the water is very clear. Drain well.
2. Cook the rice. You can use a rice cooker, instant pot, or stovetop to cook it.
3. Make sushi vinegar. When the rice is cooking, you can heat the rice vinegar, sugar, and sea salt together in a small saucepan using medium-high heat. Heat them until the mixture is nearly boiling. Take away from heat and beat until sugar dissolves. (As an alternative, you can only heat the mixture in the microwave if desired.)
4. Season the rice. After the rice is cooked, immediately move the rice to a large bowl and sprinkle the sushi vinegar evenly. You can use a spatula to fold the rice very gently - more like a slicing and lifting motion, rather than stirring and steaming - until the vinegar is mixed into the rice evenly.
5. Cool the rice. Cover the mixing bowl with a moist towel. Therefore, it touches the surface of the rice, which will help prevent the rice from drying out. Let it cool on the counter (or you can cool the rice in the refrigerator) until it gets room temperature.
6. The last step of how to make sushi rice is to serve the rice. Immediately use rice in recipes, or move the rice to an airtight food storage container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

How to Make Brown Sushi Rice

How to Make Brown Sushi Rice
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When you are on a diet but you are craving for sushi, you can use brown sushi rice. There are about 20% less carbohydrates in brown sushi rice compared to white sushi rice. The lower carbohydrate profile also somewhat reduces the glycemic index profile of brown rice compared to white rice.

Let’s learn how to make sushi rice using this easy recipe!


  • Short-grain brown rice
  • 2 cups brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 cups water for both first and second steps
  • Vinegar mixture (sushi-su)
  • 3 ½ oz rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons sugar


Preparing brown sushi rice

1. Rinse the brown rice in a colander. Rinse until the water runs clear.
2. Boil 3 cups of water. Add a pinch of salt. Then, add brown rice. Cover and reduce heat to a boil. Let it cook for 12 minutes.
3. Eliminate the pan and strain the rice. Let it cool slightly but don't need to cool down fully.
4. Bring 3 cups of water to a pot and boil it. Add half cooked brown rice, stir and cover. Reduce heat to a boil. Let it cook for 15 minutes. (It may take a few more minutes, so look at the rice and see if it's still really wet). Do not overcook it because you want the rice to be firm.
5. Get rid of the covered pan from heat. Place a thin towel under the lid and close it again. Let the pot stand for another 10 minutes before eliminating the top and towels. This time will allow the rice to cook longer and the moisture to evaporate.
6. Place the rice in a ceramic bowl or big glass. It's a good idea to keep a big bowl handy. Therefore, you have room to move the rice without it being too pile up. Let stand a few minutes. Take a flat wooden spoon (if possible, use one with a wide tip) and use it to lightly fan the rice. Lift a little of the rice very gently before putting the rice back down. This step of how to make sushi rice helps the rice cool down without becoming sticky or glutinous together.
7. When the rice is cool, you need to add the vinegar (sushi-su) mixture to the rice using the same wooden spoon. Remember to make gentle movements. Adding vinegar to rice while it's still warm is not a good idea as it will make sushi more difficult. So, it is suggested to wait until the rice is a bit cool down before you add the vinegar.

Preparing vinegar mixture (sushi-su)

1. Place the ingredients in a small pot. Then, place over low heat. Keep working on heating until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from fire.


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