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How To Make Zosui (Japanese Rice Soup)

by Megumi Moriya

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Zosui is a dish where steamed rice is simmered in a Dashi-based soup, occasionally enhanced with Japanese seasonings like soy sauce and miso. It resembles Italian risotto but differs in the cooking process.

Risotto involves sautéing raw rice before adding broth, leaving a firm rice core. In contrast, Zosui uses steamed rice added to soup, resulting in a softer texture, requiring less time to cook.

Varieties include Tamago (egg) Zosui, Vegetable Zosui, Chicken Zosui, and Crab Zosui for home cooking. Specialty variations like Suppon (soft-shelled turtle) Zosui and Fugu (blowfish) Zosui are enjoyed at restaurants. Today, we'll share a simple Tamago Zosui recipe.

A crucial step for delicious Zosui is quickly rinsing steamed rice before cooking to remove surface starch, yielding a lighter and tastier texture.

Zosui is an easy-to-make dish suitable for any time—breakfast, lunch, or a late-night snack. In Japan, it's a go-to when you have a cold due to its easy digestibility and warming properties.

Zosui is especially delightful after indulging in "Nabe" (Hot Pot). After eating Nabe, adding steamed rice to the remaining soup creates a delicious Zosui. Simply scoop up Nabe ingredients, add rice, and simmer for a while in the soup.

Enjoy the versatility of Zosui in various situations!


Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 15 mins

Total servings: 1

Difficulty: Easy

  • 100 g Steamed Rice
  • 1 Egg
  • 200 ml Dashi
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/4tsp~ Salt (to your liking)
  • Chopped Green Onions, for garnish
  • Salted Kombu, optional, for garnish

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1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients together. For our recipe, we are using homemade dashi, but if you do not have time or the ingredients to make dashi from scratch, instant dashi is OK too. 

2) Rinsing the Steamed Rice

Rinse the rice in a colander with water for 10-20 seconds, stirring gently with your hand. Use warm rice to ensure easy removal of the starch covering the rice.

Note: Rinsing the rice contributes to a better soup texture, so don't skip this step!

3) Heating the Dashi

Heat the Dashi Soup. If you have any additional ingredients you'd like to include, add them at this time and simmer until fully cooked.

4) Adding the Rice into the Soup

Add the rinsed rice and heat for 2-3 minutes in the boiling soup. Then, season with soy sauce and salt.

5) Adding the Beaten Egg

Add beaten egg little by little, stirring gently until fully cooked.

6) Topping the Zosui

Top with chopped green onions if you'd like. For an extra touch, salted kombu complements the simplicity of Zosui nicely as well. Enjoy!

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