How to Cook Sushi Rice

Have you ever noticed that the rice in sushi has a slightly sweet/tart taste? It's because that's not regular old rice in that roll! If you're going to make your own sushi, you definitely want to take the time to make your own sushi rice. After all, rice is the building block of sushi! Technically, you could throw just about anything on a ball of perfectly prepared sushi rice and call it sushi. First things first - it is highly recommended that you use a rice cooker. This amazing appliance will give you the perfect consistency - something that rice cooked on the stove top just won't have. That, combined with a fool proof recipe for sushi rice, and you'll be on your way to making not only the perfect sushi rice, but some dang good sushi as well.


  • 1 cup sushi rice or short grain white rice
  • 1 cup of water per cup of rice (unless your rice cooker has different instructions)
  • 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt


Fill Rice

Fill your pot or rice cooker pot with the amount of rice you wish to use.

Rinse Rice

Rinse the rice thoroughly. The goal is to get the water as clear as possible before cooking the rice. If you don't rinse well enough, you will get a sticky blob, which won't be good at all.

Cook the Rice

Throw the rinsed rice and an equal part of water into the rice cooker.

Rice Infusion

While the sushi rice is cooking, prep your rice topping infusion: heat the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a saucepan just to combine the ingredients and dissolve the sugar. When the rice is done, transfer it to a bowl, pour the vinegar/sugar/salt mixture over it and mix it well. Let it sit for a few minutes then mix it again.


You're all set! Now go make some sushi!