How to Cook the Perfect Sushi Rice: The Recipe

Inspired by Dainty Chefs

Here’s an easy, step-by-step sushi rice recipe on making the perfect sushi rice; soft, fluffy with a firm bite!

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sushi rice recipe


  • 2 cups Dainty Sushi Rice
  • 3 cups (500mL) Water
  • ½ cup (125mL) Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt



Put rice and water in a saucepan. To reduce the starch boiling in the cooking, you can add a tbsp of oil to the water and rice. Put the lid on and set on high heat. When it starts boiling, reduce heat to low and leave to simmer for 15 minutes. The rice should be soft and the water should be absorbed.Turn off heat and uncover the rice.


Put rice into a bamboo steamer or glass bowl. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to gently separate and spread the rice grains to help them cool.


In a small saucepan, combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Cook at medium heat until all sugar has dissolved.


Pour over the cooled vinegar mixture and toss the rice. Gently cut into it vertically with your spoon or spatula and then lift the rice and turn over. As you’re doing this, you can fan the rice with a fan or piece of cardboard, or just let it cool on its own.


Cover the rice with a damp towel or paper towel as it cools to room temperature it will prevent the rice from drying out. Don’t cool the rice in the refrigerator, as this will ruin the texture of the rice.


Note: Rinsing and soaking Dainty rice is not necessary as it is already cleaned. To learn more, read on our rice encyclopedia.


Tip: You can easily do sushi rice in a rice cooker using the same ratios.

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