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

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