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BEST Sushi Rice Recipe

VIDEORECIPE BEST Sushi Rice Recipe

In this guide I cover everything you need to know on how to make best sushi rice,—from the ingredients (just 4), to equipment (spoiler: nothing special), to techniques— to master the art of making sushi rice. It’s not hard.

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Ingredients

number of servings
6
  • 310 gms Japanese short-grain rice ( cooker cups) Added to
  • 1 cups cold water Added to
  • 4 tbls rice vinegar Added to
  • 3 tbls crystal sugar Added to
  • 1 teaspoon salt Added to
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Directions

25 min.
1. Step

Put the rice in a sieve(with holes small enough so the rice doesn’t pass through) over a bowl and wash the rice with cold tap water.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

2. Step

Use your hands to remove the excess starch off each grain of rice by using a gentle rubbing motion. If you scrub too hard you will break the rice, so don’t be too rough.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

3. Step

When the water that runs off is mostly clear, drain the rice.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

4. Step

If you're using a rice cooker, add the rice to the bowl of the rice cooker and add cold water to just under the 2 cup line (you want the rice to be on the firm side as you'll be adding the seasoned vinegar after the rice is cooked). If you don't have a rice cooker, add the rice to a large heavy bottomed non-stick pot, then add 1 1/2 cups of cold water and cover it with a lid.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

5. Step

Ideally you want to let the rice sit in the water for at least 30 minutes before you start cooking it. This allows the grains of rice to soak up some water before cooking, which results in shinier rice with a better texture.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

6. Step

If you are using a rice cooker, turn it on and let it do it's thing. If you are doing this on the stove, turn the heat onto high and bring the rice to a boil (be careful not to let it boil over). Turn down the heat to low and set a timer for 15 minutes. Once the rice is done, turn off the heat and let the rice steam for 10 minutes.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

7. Step

While you wait for the rice to cook, combine the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl. You can microwave it for a bit to help dissolve the sugar.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

8. Step

After the rice has had a chance to steam, it should be firm, but the core should not be crunchy. It should be sticky, but each grain of rice should retain its own shape. If your rice was fresh, the surface of each grain should be glossy.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

9. Step

Dump the rice out into a very large bowl, the key is that you want a container with a lot of surface area so you can spread the rice out to cool it rapidly. Gently flatten out the rice and then pour the vinegar mixture evenly over the hot rice.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

10. Step

Use a shamoji, spatula or a flat wooden spoon to gently combine the rice and vinegar using a side-to-side cutting motion followed by a folding motion. You want to separate each grain of rice, so the vinegar penetrates every surface, but you don’t want to break the grains of rice or mash them together.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

11. Step

While you mix the rice, hold a fan or piece of cardboard, or a clean hairdryer set to cool and blow air on the rice. This cools the sushi rice and helps the excess liquid evaporate quickly, which gives your rice a nice shine and prevents it from getting mushy. It’s a bit tricky mixing and fanning at the same time, so a second set of hands can be helpful here.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

12. Step

The sushi rice is done when the surface is no longer wet and slippery, the rice is fluffy, and each grain is very shiny. It will still be a little warm, but it should not be hot.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

13. Step

Mound up the rice, and cover with a damp towel until you're ready to use it.

BEST Sushi Rice Recipe - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

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