Perfect Sushi Rice

Perfect Sushi Rice

Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Rice, Sushi
Servings: 4 cups
Sushi rice is crucial for sushi rolls, nigiri, and any other sushi dishes. Try our recipe for the perfect sushi rice!
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  • 2 cups short-grain Japanese rice
  • ½ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt


  • Rinse the rice several times in cold water until the water is clear. Drain in a colander and let dry for 15 minutes.
  • Cook the rice in a rice cooker according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you don't have a rice cooker, combine the rice with 2 cups of cold water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and cook on low heat and for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Place a clean towel between the pot and the lid to absorb condensation.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Transfer the rice to a very large bowl or a half sheet pan. Sprinkle ½ cup of the seasoned vinegar all over the rice. Drizzle onto a spatula while waving the spatula back and forth. Using a slicing motion with the spatula, gently separate the rice grains while mixing in the seasoning.
  • Fan the rice while mixing it to help it dry. The rice should be slightly glossy. Taste and add more seasoning mixture if you'd like. Cover the rice with a damp towel to keep warm.