Are you looking for a recipe on how to prepare the perfect sushi rice at home? You’ve come to the right place, I will show you a fail-safe and easy cooking methods.
For rice experts, there is a thin line between an overcooked and undercooked rice. Perhaps, an overstatement for those who are still grasping around the kitchen. Especially when are talking about sushi rice!
What Kind of Rice is Used in Sushi Rice
Sushi rice is excellent stand-alone rice or rolled into sushi. We all love how sushi is compressed, thick, and can partner with any Japanese or Asian dishes. However, what kind of rice is used in sushi rice?
Short-sized Japonica rice is perfect for making sushi rice. If this variety is not available, you can also use medium-sized California rice; which is also labeled as sushi rice in most groceries.
They both have the same type of stickiness which is important in making sushi. You can achieve the right amount of chewiness if you use the best kind of rice variety. Don’t go far from any Japanese rice brands so you are confident that you get an almost authentic recipe.
How to Prepare the Perfect Sushi Rice
When we think about sushi, what comes to our mind is the freshness of ingredients and the classic combination of rice into it. Everyone enjoys a bite or bites of sushi on a Friday night or even every other night!
Although I personally still find it a complicated process to make sushi, preparing the sushi rice, on the other hand, is actually pretty simple.
The key ingredients and how it’s done matter in achieving the right consistency.
Cook Rice on a Stove-top
Sushi rice is actually steamed rice mixed with flavorful seasoning. However, the way you cook rice greatly affects the overall result.
There are two ways you can use to obtain a bowl of perfect sushi rice, using the stove-top method, and the rice cooker. So, it is best if you cook the rice using your preferred process.
What we need:
- 2 cups of short-grain Japanese rice
- Water, about 2 cups
How to Cook:
- Start by preparing 2 cups of rice. A cup can make about 3 rolls of sushi so this recipe can make 6 rolls. Rinse the rice under running water until it becomes clear of starch. You may do this for about 2-4 times.
- Soak rice in water a in a bowl for about an hour. This process will make the rice soft and whiter. After the given time, drain rice and place in inside the cooking pot.
- Use a cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Measure 2 cups of water and add it in the pot. Flatten the top portion of the rice and cover with the lid.
- Cook rice on high heat until it starts boiling. Open the lid and check to see if water is already boiling then turn down the heat to low. Do not remove the cover until rice is cooked. Do this for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, turn off the heat completely and let it sit for about 15 minutes more.
- Loosen the rice by fluffing it with a spatula or fork. Wet the spatula to avoid sticking.
- Transfer it to a bowl and add in the seasoning required for sushi rice.
Sushi Rice in a Rice Cooker
Another method to cook sushi rice is by using a rice cooker. For me, this is the easiest and quickest way to cook and achieve the same perfection.
Use the same amount of rice (2 cups of Japanese rice) and water ratio. We will add kombu while the rice is cooking.
Follow the rest of the steps below:
- Wash and rinse rice until water is clear and free of starch. Soak the rice in water for about 30 minutes.
- Drain the water and place rice inside the rice cooker inner pot. Add water just below the 3-cup line or the sushi rice line. Clean the kombu using a damp towel and add it on top.
- Cook rice using the sushi cooking option if you have an advanced rice cooker. Simply turn on and let it cook for conventional rice cookers.
- While the rice is cooking, mix the rice vinegar about 1/3 cup in a large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and about a teaspoon and a half of salt. Stir until all mixture is dissolved.
- Assemble and place rice in a sushi-oke when cooked and spread evenly. Add the rice vinegar seasoning and mix well but lightly. Do a slicing motion to get the even distribution of seasoning.
- Fan the rice while mixing and cover it with a damp towel to avoid drying.
Alternatively, you can watch this short video tutorial for the step by step procedure on how to cook the perfect sushi rice.
What Sauce is best for Sushi
Perhaps, we have covered various ways and techniques in cooking sushi rice but we haven’t gotten deeper into the sauce part. Well, the sauce is what makes the sushi dish very interesting in fact apart.
Rice is actually the main ingredient in sushi and the fish is just secondary, the sauce ranks third. In most restaurants with sushi bars, you can find an array of sauces you can dip into.
Here are the best sauces that go well with sushi:
- Sweet soy sauce or Nikiri
- Japanese Ginger dressing
- Spicy Mayo
- Miso Mayo
- Goma or Sesame oil
- Sakura sauce
- Dashishoyu or fish soy sauce
Preparing sushi on a Weekend is the best idea especially when you’re hanging out with friends and family. Doing the sushi rice yourself should not be difficult given the options we mentioned earlier.
By this time, you got a clear context on how to prepare the perfect sushi rice and its key ingredients. I bet you are confident enough to cook sushi with all the information shared. I hope you get to experiment with more sushi rice recipes after reading this post!
Have you ever tried cooking sushi rice on your own? How did it go? Share it with us in the comments below!