How to Make Perfect Sushi Rice at Home?

How To Make Perfect Sushi Rice at Home.


The key to making great sushi starts with the rice, and now you can make sushi rice at home, just like your favorite sushi restaurant.  You can’t go to your local grocery store and pick up the cheapest bag of white rice and expect to make sushi rice, even if you have a Japanese rice cooker.

Regular long grain or medium grain rice, whether it is American rice, Indian basmati rice or Thai Jasmine rice while quite tasty, does not have the right consistency to become traditional Japanese sticky rice.  Japanese rice or Cal Rose rice will stick together and can be put into nori (seaweed wrap) and rolled into sushi.  Regular American, Basmati or Jasmine rice will fall apart when you try to roll it, unless you are trying to make a burrito.


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The key to making sushi rice is to use either short or medium grain Japanese sushi rice, or Cal Rose rice, which is a short or medium grain American rice that has the same sticky consistency as Japanese sushi rice.

Both types of rice  make perfect Japanese or Chinese sticky rice.  Unless you have an Asian market in your neighborhood that sells Japanese sushi rice, your best bet is to buy Cal Rose rice, which is available in the rice/pasta section of most grocery stores, and a 5 lb bag is relatively inexpensive.

If you prefer healthier brown rice, Cal Rose rice is available in both the brown rice and white rice versions.


Don’t skimp on the Rice Vinegar

rice vinegar

The key to making sushi rice at home starts with the vinegar.  Japanese rice vinegar is the secret to give your sushi rice that unique sweet and tart flavor you are so used to.  You can find Japanese rice vinegar at most grocery stores in the vinegar section, or Asian food aisle.

Missing this component, or using the wrong rice vinegar can change or ruin the flavor of your dish, so don’t even think about skimping here.  Most foodies say that Japanese rice vinegar has a milder and sweeter taste than Chinese rice vinegar, so to those who say all rice vinegar is the same….for shame!


Use a Japanese Rice Cooker


The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker is the best selling professional quality rice cooker on

While it is possible to make sushi rice on the stove top, you will achieve a better quality sushi rice if you use a Japanese rice cooker, or you can use a rice cooker that has a sushi rice setting, like the Zojirushi rice cooker, which makes white rice, brown rice, porridge and sushi rice.

This rice cooker comes with a recipe book with several rice recipes, and with telling you how much rice to use, the rice cooker has a water fill line, so you won’t use too little or too much water.  Using an electric rice cooker to make sushi rice will keep the steam in and cooks the rice at the right temperature and time to prevent burning.  Most people ruin rice from over cooking or using too high of a heat setting.


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Sushi Rice Recipe

Here is our easy sushi rice recipe any stay at home dad can master like a real sushi chef.



Ken Weiss

Ken Weiss is a blogger and stay at home dad.He is the founder of, a cooking blog for stay at home dads, that offers cookware reviews, easy recipes and tips on how to make money with a blog.

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  1. Jen @JuanitasCocina June 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM - Reply

    LOVE this! We have a sushi kit that we’ve been trying to use! Thank you!

    • Ken June 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM - Reply

      Thanks for the comment. I hope this sushi rice recipe was helpful.

      Regards, Ken

  2. June 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM - Reply

    “How to Make Sushi Rice | The-Cooking Pot” was indeed a fantastic article and I
    personally was indeed really glad to read the
    article. Many thanks,Oma

    • Ken June 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM - Reply

      I hope the sushi rice recipe was helpful.

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