The Ultimate Guide to Making Perfect Sushi Rice

If you really want to make your own sushi you should learn how to do everything just like the sushi masters. You may think it sounds a little pedantic, but we assure you that every step is very important and is essential to creating the perfect sushi rice every time.

Step 1: Choose the Correct Rice

You probably already know this, but just in case you don’t – you can’t make sushi with just any type of rice! The Japanese are the purveyors of sushi and even created special rice known as “shari” which is used only for making sushi. Fortunately, owing to the popularity of sushi all around the world, you won’t have to make a trip to Japan just to get your hands on some “shari” and your local supermarket should have at least one type.

Step 2: Measuring and Preparing

The amount of rice you cook will depend on how much sushi you plan on making. A good guideline is 1 cup of sushi rice per 3 sushi rolls and each roll will make 6-8 sushi pieces. Once you’ve measured the rice, wash it with running water for 1-2 minutes until the water runs clear and there is no more starch coming off it. Once it’s washed, transfer it to a cooking pot and add 500ml of water extra than the number of cups of rice. For example, if you’re using 3 cups of rice, use 3.5 cups of cold water. Don’t take a break to play slots NZ just yet, start cooking your rice immediately!

Step 3: Cooking the Sushi Rice

Cook the rice on high heat first, making sure to stir it every minute or two, until the water starts to boil. Once the water has started boiling, turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. It’s important that you check the water level after 6-8 minutes of cooking. If there is no excess water in the pot and you only see grains which have increased in size, the rice is ready.

Step 4: Removing the Rice from the Pot

When removing the rice from the pot use only a wooden spoon as a metal spoon may damage the rice grains and turn your sushi rice into porridge. Don’t scrape any rice from the bottom of the pot as if burned it will ruin the delicate flavour of the sushi. Place the rice into a wooden or plastic bowl to chill.

Step 5: Seasoning the Rice

Now that your rice is cooked, you should add rice vinegar to provide it with its distinctive flavour. You can use seasoned rice vinegar or for every 3 cups of uncooked rice used, make use of ½ cup of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Place all the ingredients into a cooking pot over low heat and stir until the sugar and salt is dissolved. Pour the rice vinegar mixture over the rice and mix well with a wooden spoon. Now allow the rice to cool down to room temperature before handling.