How To Make Rice For Sushi

How to make sushi


Your favorite Sushi can be made at home, but it starts on how to make rice for Sushi! With just FOUR simple ingredients, the possibilities with this scrumptious Sushi recipe are endless!

Homemade Sushi is gaining popularity at a rapid rate these days. It’s the kind of thing that once you try, you’re hooked! I’ll often do my variation of sushi cooking whenever my family request, and most of that is due to this sublime Sushi Rice.

At the base of any good sushi, the recipe is the rice and how it is cooked. Its chewy texture and unique flavor create restaurant-worthy recipes that turn out perfectly every time! Sushi rice is sometimes called sticky rice because of its sticky, starchy texture.

It’s perfect in these gorgeous sushi rolls such as California Rolls, Shrimp Tempura Godzilla Rolls (so yummy!!!), or maki sushi as usually called in Japan.

Best Rice for Sushi, and where to find the ingredients?

Rice for sushi

Not all rice is created equal. To make the best homemade sushi rice, you’ll need the find the right rice. The Asian grocery store is your best bet for finding the Sushi Rice. Whole Foods stores also reliably carry these ingredients.

I’ve also seen more chain grocery stores starting the bring Asian ingredients, so it’s worth checking the “international” section at your local store before going on a quest for Sushi. If you’re still not having any luck, both ingredients can be purchased online.

It is made from short-grain white Japanese rice or medium-grain California rice. It should say “sushi rice” right on the bag. But if you can’t find sushi rice, Calrose rice works terrifically too.

Online sources of making rice for Sushi

Now that you know what kind of rice the start with (see above), the rest is easy!

  • Japanese Sushi Rice Vinegar – Note – If you use this product, there’s no need to add sugar and salt, it’s all added in this product. But if you use ordinary Japanese vinegar, you must add sugar and salt.

  • Sugar
  • Salt

That’s it! The ingredients are simple Trust me, and it’ll become a favorite in your family recipes rotation for sure!

How to prepare rice for Sushi

Sushi Rice is super easy the make at home! With just FOUR simple ingredients, the possibilities with this scrumptious Sushi Rice recipe are endless!

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

Resting/Cooling Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total: 35 minutes

Serves: 6


Making rice for sushi


    • Place the rice into a mixing bowl and cover with cool water. Swirl the rice in the water with your hand, pour off, and repeat 2-3 times or until the water is clear. Rinse a few more times.
    • After the rice is rinsed, let the rice drain in a colander or strainer for 1 hour.
    • After the rice has drained, put the rice in the rice cooker with the 3 cups of water, cover, and start.
    • If you don’t have a rice cooker, place rice and water in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring just a boil, reduce heat the low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let rice rest, covered, for 15 additional minutes.


  • While rice is cooking, prepare the vinegar mixture. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Heat mixture just until the sugar dissolves (do not let it boil). Remove from heat and let cool the room temperature.
  • When the rice is done cooking, gently spread out the rice over a cookie sheet. Evenly distribute the cooled vinegar mixture over the rice. Gently turn rice over from the time with a rice paddle or wooden spatula so that rice cools evenly.
  • To speed things up, fan the rice each time you turn it over. When the rice has cooled the room temperature, it is ready the use for sushi rolls!
  • If you want the wait a bit before making your Sushi or while you are making the rolls, you can keep the rice at the right temperature by placing it in a large bowl and covering with a damp kitchen towel.


Some people prefer their sushi rice less seasoned. Also, there might be differences in strength and flavor between different brands of rice vinegar. If it’s the first time you are making sushi rice, and you are not sure, prepare the amount of seasoning described above, but only use half of it. Mix it with the rice and taste.

Trust your senses if you like the use the full amount or not.

In my next post, I’m going the share how to make a sushi roll and until the next!





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  1. Hey Lynn,
    Thank you for this recipe. I am from Sri Lanka and rise is our main dish. But i never knew how to prepare sushi rice. We grow a lot of different rice types here in Sri Lanka and it will be great to find out whether we have the sushi rice type as well.

    This recipe is really good, really simple and contains all the information. The tips are very useful. Hope to see more awesome recipes in the future.

  2. Hello, I have always, well…since I tried it to be truthful, wanted to know how to make sushi rice.
    I created a ginger and soy based bbq chicken burrito that I just couldn’t get right in flavor.
    I just knew that sushi rice would be the answer. Yes!!! You can get the flavor in a bottle?
    Thank you so much for sharing this secret ?

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