Japanese Rice With Salted Peanuts and Scallions

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

this is a great side dish, slightly different from the other one here. Japanese rice is a short grain rice often called sushi rice. You can substitute arborio

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups short-grain japanese rice
  • 5 tablespoons salted peanuts
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly across
  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper


  1. Lightly rinse the rice in a sieve until all the rice is wet. Put it in a 6-cup saucepan with 2 cups water and let it soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Crush the peanuts lightly to the size of whole peppercorns. This is easy to do by pressing a small, heavy saucepan on the peanuts with a rocking motion.
  3. Stir the rice well and place the saucepan over high heat. Let the rice come to a boil. Stir it again and turn the heat down as low as possible. Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and let simmer for 11 minutes. Move the rice off the heat and let it sit, covered for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the rice to a bowl, stir well, and let cool for 10 minutes. Fold in the peanuts, scallions, oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Shape the rice in a mold.
  5. For assembly:.
  6. Choose a simple, colorful plate that contrasts in both shape and color with the rice.


Most Helpful

Really simple and very good. Thanks for sharing.

lazyme June 06, 2016

Nice rice dish, very simple, but the peanut oil wakes up the flavor. I made this in a timeshare vacation's kitchen, so I lacked a fine sieve to rinse the rice, and I used a measuring cup as a mold. The Japanese like to mold their rice with a well in the center to hold some of the sauce served with the entree. Japanese/sushi rice is sticky and will hold the mold's shape easily. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Marra. Made for Newest Zaar Tag.

KateL July 26, 2009

I was getting ready to review this just now and thought, "you know, I'd probably like this better if I got some better-quality sushi rice instead of that cheap stuff I got at the grocery store." That said, my husband really liked it and he doesn't usually go for rice. I will get some better rice and review again. It is a nice combination of flavors, I'm just thinking I didn't use good rice for a base. Reviewed (as such) for Healthy Choices ABC tag game.

mliss29 September 19, 2010

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