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How to Make Sushi Rice

How to Make Sushi Rice - Recipes You'll Make Again and Again

One of the most famous Japanese dishes, sushi is equally popular in places outside Japan. Here is an easy recipe for making this exotic dish.
Madhura Pandit
Last Updated: Aug 6, 2017
With so many sushi joints and restaurants coming up in cities these days, it is no wonder that the Japanese dish is popular today. Sushi is a dish of rice, cooked in rice vinegar and topped with various toppings (usually fish). Among the different types of sushi available today, the salmon sushi is the most popular one. Well, if you are a lover of sushi, you would definitely wish to try this recipe at home. Sushi is prepared using a specific type of rice, which is cooked in a specific way.
How to Cook Sushi Rice
Firstly, you need to find the perfect rice meant for sushi. Look for rice with smaller grains which becomes sticky while cooking. Go for the one with a smaller grain size. Take a look at the recipe below.
  • 3 cups of Japanese rice
  • 1/3 cups of rice vinegar
  • 3 and 1/4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
Method of Preparation:
  • Put rice in a bowl and run cool water over it to wash it.
  • Wash the rice and drain the water.
  • Repeat this procedure for 2-3 times until the water appears clear.
  • Drain rice and keep for 20-30 minutes.
  • If you are cooking in a rice cooker, then put the rice and measured water in it, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Do not open the lid immediately after the prescribed time. Let it catch steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix rice vinegar, salt, and sugar in a sauce pan.
  • Heat the mixture till the sugar gets dissolved completely. Set the mixture to cool completely.
  • Now open the cooker and put the rice in a large bowl. Spread the vinegar mixture over the rice and fold it. Adding vinegar will help in making the rice taste like authentic sushi rice.
Sushi Rice Vinegar Recipe
The sushi vinegar is the most important aspect of this dish. Once you master the recipe of this seasoning, you can whip up different types of sushi in lesser time.
  • 1/2 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet rice wine
  • A single small square of kelp (kombu)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
Method of Preparation:
  • Slightly wash the kelp in cold water before using it.
  • Put the rice vinegar in a pan and place the kelp in it.
  • Heat the vinegar with kelp in it for about a minute.
  • Let the vinegar simmer so as to allow the extract of the kelp mix with the vinegar.
  • Now take the kelp out of the vinegar. Add rice wine, sweet rice wine, and salt to the vinegar. Heat this for 5-7 minutes.
  • Your rice seasoning/vinegar is ready. You need to cool this mixture at room or refrigerator temperature.
  • You can use this seasoning or vinegar instead of the rice vinegar mentioned in the aforementioned recipe.
So, try these recipes to make authentic sushi and include it in your menu for the next party. Good luck!
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