How to Make Sushi Rice

The right Sushi Rice is the foundation for any good sushi roll. Using our recipe you will get savory, sticky, perfect sushi rice every time. 

How to Make Sushi Rice

JUMP TO RECIPEPIN RECIPEThe right Sushi Rice is the foundation for any good sushi roll. Using our recipe you will get savory, sticky, perfect sushi rice every time. 

Bowl of sushi rice with California Roll and Sushi Roll

Sushi Rice

Before I made sushi for the first time, I didn’t know that you had to make a special kind of rice. I used regular, long-grain rice and lets just say I was very disappointed. After doing some research and testing a few methods, I figured out how to make delicious restaurant-level sushi at home! Now I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned so you can have savory, sticky, perfect sushi rice every time.

How is Sushi Rice Different?

The word sushi literally translates to ‘sour flavor’. In Japan, people used to preserve fish by wrapping it in fermented rice. The fermented rice would be thrown away when the fish was ready to eat. Eventually, they started adding vinegar to the rice instead of fermenting it to make it last longer. The vinegar-flavored rice tasted good with the fish so people started eating them together. That was the beginning of sushi! Today’s sushi rice has a sticky texture and it is flavored with sugar and vinegar. This helps to hold the shape of the roll, and the flavors complement the fillings or toppings.

Close up of California Roll made with Sushi Rice

What Ingredients Do I Need?

  • Rice –  Not all rice is created equal. Look for short-grain white Japanese rice or medium-grain California rice. It should say “sushi rice” right on the bag. If you can’t find either of those, Calrose works well in a pinch.
  • Japanese Rice Vinegar –  Rice vinegar adds a rich, savory flavor that complements the fish. If you’re in a pinch, substituting apple cider vinegar for rice vinegar is a tasty alternative.
  • Sugar
  • Salt
Bowl of sushi rice next to two sushi rolls

Recipe Ideas and Inspiration

Now that you have a solid foundation, what will you make? The possibilities are endless! Check out some of our favorite sushi rice recipes for ideas and inspiration!

My Favorite Sushi Tool

I’ve made sushi at home so many times over the years. I used to roll it the traditional way, with a bamboo mat. However, a few Christmases ago, my mom gave me a Sushezi Sushi Bazooka. I know it has a crazy name, but it is my favorite way to make sushi now! It is so fast and easy – even my kids can do it! You just load the trays with your ingredients, close the tube, and push out a perfect, tightly-rolled sushi roll! Find it on Amazon HERE.

Recipe Video

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