This foolproof recipe shows you how to cook sushi rice for sushi rolls and rice bowls whenever you get a craving.
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Place the rice and 3 3/4 cups (935ml) cold water in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 12 mins or until water is absorbed. Cool slightly.
COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Clever storage: Cover the freshly cooked rice with damp tea towels. Leave at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Storing for longer? Transfer it to an airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the microwave to room temperature when ready to eat.
What is sushi rice? In Japanese, the word ‘sushi’ means ‘sour rice’. This is what sets sushi rice apart from regular white rice. Sushi rice is coated in a vinegar mixture and carries a pleasant tangy flavour. Besides the flavour, the type of rice used is crucial when making sushi rice. Try to get your hand on short-grain rice for sushi, preferably a high-quality Japanese one. The rice needs to be cooked until it is sticky yet holds its shape. When you bite into the rice, it needs to feel firm and tender, not mushy. Cooking sushi rice is super easy and allows you to assemble your own sushi for fun dinners at home or for tasty packed lunches.
For the best sushi rice, buy Japanese short-grain rice.
Wash the rice well to get rid of most of the starch to make perfect sushi rice. Japanese short-grain rice has a lot more starch, which allows it to stick together. But too much starch can make the rice too chewy.
Gently rub the starch off the grains in a bowl with a small amount of cold water. Repeat this process 2-3 more times until the water runs clear.
You’ll need a wide, shallow bowl, a spatula and a fan to cool the rice after it’s finished cooking. Follow our tricks here:
Tip the rice into the bowl and pour the vinegar mixture over the rice.
Use a cutting motion to mix the seasoning with the rice.
Use the spatula to gently, but quickly, do a slicing motion across the rice all in one direction, then all in the other direction. Fan the rice to cool it down as you slice. The rice needs to end up as separated grains and look shiny.
Cover the rice bowl with a clean and damp tea towel until you’re ready to use it.
Make rice for your homemade sushi and take your sushi experience to the next level. Keen to try your hand at other rice dishes from around the world? See these recipes for Adele's jewelled rice, vegan Mexican-style rice and peri-peri chicken with Spanish rice. For more ideas, check out our rice recipes collection.