Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a recipe I found in a Japanese sushi cookbook that was translated to English.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 34 cup short-grain rice, uncooked, matured (look for rice specifically for sushi, or I use Jasmine rice often)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 piece dried kelp, 2 inch strip, wiped clean (optional)
  • 1 12 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 12 teaspoon salt


  1. Start by washing the rice. To do this, put rice in water and work with hands or stir until water becomes milky in color. Drain water and add more. Do this four to five times. Drain water from rice.
  2. In a pan with a tight fitting lid, add the rice, water, and kelp. bring to a boil over medium heat, removing the kelp just before the boiling point. Cover the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. It is very important to not lift the lid at any time while the rice is cooking.
  3. Turn off the heat, remove lid, and cover the pan with a dish towel. Leace to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for sushi vinegar in a pan. Heat until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat and pour the sushi vinegar into a cool bowl.
  5. Using a wooden rice paddle, spoon the rice into a rice tub or bowl. spread it out evenly, then run the paddle briefly through the rice cutting it first from side to side, then from top to bottom.
  6. Continue cutting, never mashing or stirring the rice, adding the sushi vinegar a little at a time.
  7. Cover and let rice cool to room temperature. (Sushi rice is traditionally served at room temperature. If the rice is warm, the vinegar will distill off.).


Most Helpful

This is an awesome recipe.If you like traditional sushi rice this recipe is the best! Maybe the reason Food Snob in Israel wasn't successful with this particular recipe was because they did change most of the ingredients. You HAVE TO use real sushi rice (like Jasmine Rice), real rice wine vinegar, and SUPER FINE sugar. (not powdered sugar) I have omitted the dried kelp and salt before and it turned out nicely as well. Try it and ENJOY!!!!

julsartrocks February 16, 2008

Epic fail. Followed this to the "T" and rice would not stick together. Use sushi rice only. Jasmine is not an option for me. Hope others have better success.

Christopher M. March 07, 2014

could have been a one star, but saved with the addition of soy sauce. Not good at all. I did replace the rice wine vinegar with 3/4 regular vinegar and 1/4 apple cider vinegar and did not use kelp. I also used brown rice. I think this was WAAAY too much powdered sugar and not enough vinegar. The addition of toasted sesame seeds would likely help as well.

Food Snob in Israel February 14, 2008

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