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Sushi Rice Recipe

This Sushi Rice Recipe is deliciously sticky, and full of tangy, sweet flavor. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to make your own sushi rice.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 sushi rolls
Calories 289kcal
Author Dina




  • Rinse 3 cups of short-grain rice with cold water a few times until the water runs almost clear. I find it best to place the rice in a fine-mesh sieve and run the kitchen faucet right through it.
  • Place the rinsed and drained rice into your rice cooker, then add 3 cups of water and turn it on to cook.
  • In the meantime, make the sushi vinegar by placing 1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar, 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon fine sea salt.
  • Let it come to a simmer and mix using a whisk. Once the sugar dissolves, turn it off and let it cool.
  • When the rice is done cooking, immediately transfer it to a baking sheet and pour the sushi vinegar over it. Use a paddle-style spoon or spatula to gently mix the vinegar into the rice. You’ll want to make sure to use a slicing and lifting lotion rather than a fold and smooth motion.
  • Once the rice is mixed with the sushi vinegar, let it cool to room temperature before making sushi.


  • Wash your rice- Doing this will remove a little bit of excess starch as well as any unwanted contaminants from the growing process.
  • Use a paddle- A spoon can work, too, but a paddle is perfect for sifting the rice as it rinses, as well as fluffing it once it has been mixed with the vinegar mixture.
  • Fluff the rice- You’ll want to make sure to use a slicing and lifting motion rather than a fold and smooth motion so the sushi rice can remain fluffy as it cools and becomes stickier.
  • Let the rice cool before making sushi- If you are making sushi rolls with your rice, allow it to cool before starting. This lets the stickiness reach its max for better sushi-making.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 3mg