Learn how to make sushi rice perfectly every time with step-by-step pictures and a video tutorial. All you need is simple ingredients such as sushi vinegar, sugar, salt and dashi kombu. Once you master the secret of making the rice, you will be ready to dish up all kinds of mouth-watering sushi recipes!
Gather all the ingredients.
Please note: 1 rice cooker cup is 180 ml. So when you use a rice cooker, 1 cup means a rice cooker cup.
Repeat the rinsing process 3-4 times until the water is almost clear.
Put the rice in the rice cooker bowl and add water (not hot or warm!) to just under the 3-cup line. If your rice cooker has "Sushi Rice" option, add water till that line. Place the kombu on top of the rice and let the rice soak in water for 30 minutes. Tip: since you add sushi vinegar to the rice, the rice should be cooked on the firm side. If you cook rice without a rice cooker, the water to rice ratio for sushi rice should be 1:1 (instead of 1:1.1 or 1:1.2 for regular steamed rice).
When the rice is cooked, moisten sushi oke/hangiri (a round, flat-bottom wooden tub) or a large glass bowl with water so the rice will not stick. Transfer the cooked rice into the sushi oke and spread out evenly so the rice will cool faster. While it’s hot, pour sushi vinegar over the rice. Tip: If you're making more/less rice or using the sushi vinegar bottle, the required sushi vinegar for rice should be roughly 8-10% of the cooked rice weight.
With a rice paddle, slice the rice at a 45 degree to separate the chunks of rice instead of mixing. At the same time, you need to use a fan to cool rice so the rice will shine and doesn't get mushy.
Then gently flip the rice in between slices. Repeat this process until the rice is cooled to the temperature of human skin.
Rice: 1 rice cooker cup is 180 ml, not the same as 1 cup (US 240 ml). 1 rice cooker cup will make 2 rice cooker cups of cooked rice. Please use short grain rice for sushi.
Want to make less sushi rice? If you want to use 2 rice cooker cups (360 ml) instead of 3 cups, you can adjust sushi vinegar ingredients as following: 4 Tbsp rice vinegar, 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp kosher salt.
Sushi Vinegar: There is a convenient Sushi Seasoning available at Japanese/Asian grocery store.
Equipment you will need:
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