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How to Make Sushi Rice

If you know How to Make Sushi Rice, then you can enjoy a Japanese favorite at home! Simply cook short-grain rice, vinegar, and sugar to make this fluffy and sticky rice.

Course Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 212 kcal


  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt to taste


  1. Place sushi rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse rice under running water for 2-3 minutes, or until water runs clear.

  2. Bring water and rice to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid, and simmer for 20 minutes.*

  3. In a separate small saucepan combine vinegar, sugar, and salt over medium heat. Whisk until sugar and salt have dissolved, about 2-3 minutes.

  4. When rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and then pour the seasoned vinegar evenly over top. Toss until the rice is well coated using either a rice paddle or a silicone spatula. And be careful not to smush the rice, gently fold it until it's evenly mixed.

  5. Cover the rice with a damp paper towel to prevent it from drying out and let it sit until it has cooled to room temperature.

  6. Use to make sushi rolls or serve it up in a vegetarian sushi bowl.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Store: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To Freeze: Let the rice come to room temperature then seal in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 months.
  • To Reheat: Place rice in a microwave-safe bowl along with a teaspoon of water. Cover with a dampened paper towel and microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Sushi Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.