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Chef John's Easy Sushi Rice

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"Sushi rice can be used for so many things. Sushi, of course, but also as a side dish for grilled meat or as a wrap using seaweed. Plus, it's perfectly fine at room temperature, so it's great for picnics."
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45 m servings 247 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place rice in a strainer and rinse under cold water until run-off turns from cloudy to completely clear, about 2 minutes. Place strainer over a bowl and let drain until almost dry, about 1 hour. Transfer to a heavy bottom saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Pour water over rice. Place pot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer without stirring. As soon as little bubbles appear on the surface and rice starts to simmer, reduce heat to low and cover pan. Cook for exactly 10 minutes. Remove from heat; lift lid for 1 second and cover again immediately. Let sit another 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer rice to a rimmed sheet pan and spread out with a fork, fanning (with a magazine or similar object) to start to cool it. Sprinkle about half the rice vinegar on the rice while gently tossing it. Continue fanning to bring rice to just over room temperature. Sprinkle the rest of rice vinegar over the rice and toss with fork to blend evenly. A small amount of rice should be easily formed into an oblong sushi base, but easily crumble when cut with a fork.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • I buy my rice vinegar already seasoned, but to make your own seasoned rice vinegar, combine: 1 cup rice vinegar, or cider vinegar; 1/2 cup white sugar; 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • You can also finish the rice in a large bowl using a bamboo rice paddle to stir and toss. Rice may be a bit stickier than rice tossed on a sheet pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 247 calories; 0.3 g fat; 54.9 g carbohydrates; 4.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 214 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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No, I tried this one as well, and you absolutely need the proper balance of rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt for proper sushi rice. At least that's what I think, and it seems to be what I've e...

This is the best sushi rice I have ever made!

Made as written. Method worked very well.

Turns out every time. No fuss

I love this method, very straight forward, and very informative! (the negative review presumes he isn't using seasoned rice vinegar, when he clearly states that he is...seasoned RV is important).