How to Make Sushi Rice at Home-Japanese Taste

How to Make Sushi Rice at Home

by Ayumi Matsuo

Side dish Rice Sushi

Sushi rice is the foundation of many Japanese dishes beyond sushi. It consists of steamed Japanese short-grain rice that has been seasoned with vinegar, salt, and sugar. Besides sushi, it is used as a base for chirashi sushi, poke bowls, kaisendon, and more.

In Japan, the same type of short-grain rice used for rice bowls, onigiri, and other dishes is also used for making sushi rice. However, some companies overseas have started selling rice for making sushi marketed as 'Sushi Rice'. As long as you have the normal short-grain rice used in Japanese cooking, you can make sushi rice easily at home.

When it comes to seasoning sushi rice, you can use either unseasoned or seasoned rice vinegar. Since we are making our own seasoning mixture for this recipe, we will use unseasoned rice vinegar. The difference between the two is that seasoned rice vinegar already contains the sugar and salt needed for seasoning sushi rice. However, a downside of using it is that it's harder to control the final taste of the sushi rice. When making your own seasoned rice vinegar (using the non-seasoned kind), you can control exactly how sweet or salty the mixture is and what goes into it.

We've previously shared recipes for cooking rice in a rice cooker and in a pot, so feel free to use those recipes when cooking the short-grain rice for sushi rice. Once you have the cooked and cooled rice, all you need to do is season it with the vinegar-based seasoning, and it's ready to be used. Now, let's get to the recipe!


Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 40 mins

Total time: 50 mins

Total servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

  • 500g Warm Cooked Rice
  • 40g Rice Vinegar (Unseasoned)
  • 25g Sugar
  • 7g Salt

Expert's Tip

How to Make Sushi Rice at Home

When it comes to making sushi rice at home, using high-quality rice vinegar is extremely important. The taste and quality of sushi rice are considered the most important factors in determining the quality of sushi, so using high-quality vinegar definitely enhances the experience! Additionally, it contains the essential seasonings needed for making sushi, such as salt and sugar. If you prefer not to make your own sushi vinegar at home, consider trying out this pre-made sushi vinegar instead. You can also use it to season vegetables or add it to salad dressing.


1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients together. 

2) Making the Sushi Vinegar

Combine the salt and sugar into the rice vinegar and mix until the sugar has completely dissolved.

3) Seasoning the Sushi Rice

Add the seasoning mixture to the rice and thoroughly distribute it among all of the rice grains.

4) Cooling the Sushi Rice

Use a fan to cool the rice while simultaneously distributing the seasoning mixture into the rice. This will help the seasoning to easily incorporate into the rice and will prevent it from becoming too sticky. Then, it's ready to use.

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