Easy Japanese Recipes

How To Make Rice with Rice Cooker

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Here are the directions to properly make Japanese rice using a rice cooker.  If you need to make Sushi Rice to make sushi, click here to get the recipe.

How To Make Rice
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Serves: 9 cooked cups
  1. In a large bowl (DO NOT use rice cooker’s bowl), put 3 cups of uncooked Japanese rice. Pour cold water until it covers the rice. Immediately dispose the water to purge dirty particles because rice absorbs water very quickly when you start washing. Repeat 1-2 times.
  2. Now use your fingers to gently wash the rice by moving in circular motion for 10 times.
  3. Then pour cold water until it covers the rice and quickly discard the water again. Repeat this process about 3-4 times.
  4. By this time water should be half-translucent*. Transfer the rice into a sieve and set aside for 30 minutes. * Unlike old days, rice is now milled very well so it’s recommended not to continue washing until the water is clear.
  5. Now transfer the rice into the rice cooker bowl. Add cold water (good water) until 3 cups for White Rice. And then start cooking (I use "softer" option as regular is too hard for our liking).
We use this rice cooker. A rice cooker cup is not same as 1 US cup. 1 rice cooker cup is 180 ml.

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  • Neal June 24, 2013, 9:28 am

    do you have instructions for making Japanese rice in a pot, without a rice cooker?

    • Nami June 26, 2013, 3:50 pm

      Hi Neal! I’ve been thinking about making the post, but haven’t had a chance… hopefully one day. :)

  • motty October 5, 2013, 10:18 am

    Are there instructions for cooking the rice on the stove

    • Nami October 5, 2013, 12:22 pm

      Hi Motty! I’m planning to make a post soon but haven’t had the chance to photograph step-by-step yet. Will work on it soon. Thanks for asking! :)

  • Dora October 30, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Hi Nami,

    Is there a reason why you specifically said to not wash the rice in rice cooker’s bowl? My hubby loves to do this because it saves him one less bowl to wash after dinner.

    • Nami October 30, 2013, 9:49 pm

      Hi Dora! It’s recommended not to do that. The rice cooker bowl nowadays are very expensive and may get scratches while you are washing/handling and coating may come off. Usually rice cooker company sells the bowl for replacemenet, but it is very expensive, so it’s recommended to keep it just for cooking. Also you need to drain in a sieve, so you don’t really need the rice cooker bowl until later on. Hope that helps. :)