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How to Make Sushi Rice

Updated on July 20, 2012

Essentials of Japanese Cooking

It would not be sushi without the sushi rice (shari). All great sushi dishes start with specially prepared rice as a base for any successful creation.

Some of the basics of Japanese cooking, all sushi is made with white, short-grained Japanese rice that is mixed with a dressing made of rice vinegar, salt, sugar and sometimes sake. Before being used for a filling, it should be allowed to cool to room temperature.

Short-grain Japanese rice is used to prepare sushi as opposed long-grain rice, due to its thickness and consistency. The critical quality needed is its stickiness. The rice can not be too sticky, or it will have a mushy texture.

Ordinary people can learn how to make the best sushi rice for your home made sushi creations. Why not start making your special recipe now? Give a try.

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Steps to take ...

1. Rinse: First, before you make your rice, it is important to make sure the grains are washed thoroughly, until the water is clear. Place the rice into a large bowl and fill with cold water. Move the rice around with your hand to cleanse the grains. This gets all of the impurities and excess starch out that can negatively impact appearance and flavor.

2. Cooking: Place 2 cups of rice into a medium size pot and place onto the stove. Cover the rice with approximately the same amount of water, 2 cups, or just slightly more to make sure that the water level is just above the grain level. Place the heat on high and bring to a boil. Then turn the heat to low, cover the pot and let cook until the water is gone, approximately 6 to 9 minutes. Check the label on the product packaging for cooking times.

3. Rice Seasoning: For your creation to taste like sushi rice, it must be seasoned with a vinegar mixture. To prepare, mix the three ingredients of vinegar, sugar and salt into a pot and heat until the mixture has melted and blended well together. Once the rice has finished cooking, you will then place the cooked rice into a wooden bowl, pour the heated vinegar mixture on top of the cooked rice (shari) and mix together.

Let the rice cool and you are ready to add to your favorite sushi recipes.

Ingredients for the Vinegar Mixture

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
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Choosing the Rice Grain

When seeking out brands of rice to use in your kitchen, be sure to get a product that is labeled as 'Sushi Rice', sometimes called 'shari', and not some other type of grain. The better rice types to use would include those that are short grain, slightly sweet and sticky.

Since everyone's taste is a little different, you may want to try a few different brands until you find your favorite.

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