How To Make Sushi Rice

Simple tips for making the perfect rice and vinegar for delicious Japanese sushi.

  1. Before you start cooking, having the rice at the right consistency is crucial for making perfect sushi. Here are a few tips for preparing good sushi rice. If you do not have sushi rice, you can mix 10 parts of normal rice with 1 part of glutinous/Japanese rice an alternative.
  2. The rice to water ratio should be 1:1. If you are cooking more than 500g of rice, reduce the amount of water. You should not need to drain the rice after cooking.
  3. Before cooking, rinse the rice in a sieve under cold water until the water runs clear. Leave to dry for 1 hour.
  4. You need a rice cooker or a small pot with a tight lid. If you are using a pot, add 300ml water and 250g rice. Cook on a high heat for 2 minutes. Next, turn the heat down as low as possible; cover with the lid and gently cook for 10 minutes. It's a good idea to keep a close watch in the last few minutes to avoid burning.
  5. Turn off the heat and replace the lid with a tea towel so that the rice can slowly cool down without losing too much moisture. Allow 10 to 15 minutes cooling time.
  6. Meanwhile, boil white vinegar, sugar and salt to make the sushi vinegar.
  7. Place the rice in a large salad bowl. Pour in the sushi vinegar bit by bit whilst mixing with gentle tossing motion to ensure the mixture is properly combined.
  8. Cover the bowl with tea towel again and leave to cool completely before using for sushi.

Author The Cornish Fishmonger


  • Author: The Cornish Fishmonger
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  • Serves: 6-8


  • 250g Sushi rice
  • 3 tablespoons sushi vinegar
  • 300ml Water

Sushi vinegar ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon/500g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon/80g salt
  • 2 tablespoons/600ml white vinegar (e.g. rice wine or apple vinegar)