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A bowl of sushi rice served with sashimi and seaweed salad.

Sushi Rice

This sushi rice is a simple blend of rice, sugar, vinegar and salt that makes the perfect foundation for any type of sushi, or a side dish to a Japanese style meal. Making sushi at home is fun and easy to do, and your family and friends will be impressed with the end result!
Course Side
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 246kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • Place the rice in a colander. Rinse under cool water for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let the rice dry for 15 minutes.
  • Place the rice in a medium pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Let the rice stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
  • Place the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals until salt and sugar are dissolved, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer the rice to a large glass or wooden bowl. Drizzle the vinegar mixture over the rice. Use a spatula or a spoon to gently fold the vinegar mixture into the rice.
  • Let the rice cool for 10 minutes, then serve.



Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 974mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg