How to make Sushi Rice

How to make Sushi Rice

To make sushi rice you need a suitable sushi rice (e.g. Yume Nishiki Super Premium Short Grain Rice). You can find it in well-stocked supermarkets & Asian stores. This recipe takes the guess work out of cooking sushi rice. Do not use other types of rice.

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  • Serves2
  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Additional Timeplus 10 mins resting
  • Cooking Time20 mins


  • 150 g short grain sushi rice
  • 230 ml water

For the rice marinade

  • 3 tbsp. Kikkoman Seasoned Vinegar for Sushi Rice


One piece of sushi (Nigiri) contains around 20 g cooked rice plus topping. Two people generally eat approximately 18 pieces of sushi as a main course. That corresponds to around 350 g cooked rice.

Put 150 g uncooked rice into a pan, cover it with cold water and then swish and stir with your hand to wash it thoroughly. Repeat until the water is almost clear, then drain.

To cook the rice add the correct quantity of water (rule of thumb: one and a half times as much water as rice). Leave the rice to stand in the cold water for 20 minutes so that it can to swell and the grains don’t split during the cooking process.

Now cook the rice briefly until steam appears on the pan lid, then turn down the heat to low and continue cooking for another approx. 20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Open the lid only when absolutely necessary during the cooking process. Finally, remove the pan from the stove and leave to stand for a further 10 minutes with the lid on.

Rice marinade

If you’re making 350 g rice simply mix 3 tablespoons of Kikkoman Seasoned vinegar for sushi rice into the rice.

Alternatively, mix together 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar, 15 g sugar and 2 g salt, heat up until the sugar and salt have dissolved, leave to cool and then mix into the rice.

Now your delicious sushi rice is ready for you to use!

Want to know how to make sushi? Check out our easy guide to making sushi

Need some more advice on cooking rice? Check out our great guide on how to cook rice

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