Making sushi is not as daunting as it may seem, practice makes perfect, one of the main ingredients of course, is the rice.
In this post, I’m going to explain how to make sushi rice in a rice cooker. It’s really straight forward and always delivers consistent results. Being of Asian origin, most of my family will rely on a rice cooker for cooking rice, contrary to what a lot of my friends thought that we would cook our rice in a saucepan and that using a rice cooker was ‘cheating’. All of my uncles, aunts and cousins all have rice cookers in their kitchens and use them all the time to make perfect rice every time. Why not check out my post on hosting a sushi party which will give you tips and ideas on getting some friends over to make some delicious sushi.
All you need are two ingredients. Sushi rice (of course!) and rice wine vinegar. I’ve used white wine vinegar in the past as a substitute when I realised I didn’t have rice wine and it worked out pretty much the same.
Sushi rice can be purchased in any Asian supermarket, I’ve noticed that a lot of regular supermarkets like Tesco have started to stock sushi rice and other sushi related items like pickled ginger and bamboo rolling mats. I would recommend buying the rice from an Asian supermarket as it’s always cheaper and normally better quality. I purchased a premium brand called Shinode. a 10kg bag cost only €14.95 which is incredible value. You can of course get smaller sizes but are normally more expensive.
In saying that, I’ve also tried making sushi with brown basmati rice for a vegan friend which was surprisingly interesting and tasty. It’s not the same as the sushi rice but I always like experimenting in the kitchen and trying new things so if you’re reading this and don’t have sushi rice, try it with regular long grain rice or basmati rice, just make sure you use extra water when cooking it to make it that bit more sticky.
The sushi rice has to be fluffy, soft and sticky in order to stick together in your nigiri and your sushi rolls. This recipe will make enough rice to serve 4 people. That is, it’s enough rice to make enough rolls and nigiri for 4 guests. If you have a smaller rice cooker, half the ingredients. Here’s how to make sushi rice in a rice cooker.
- 500 grams sushi rice
- 3-4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
- Wash the sushi rice in a sieve or in a bowl until the water runs clear
- Add the sushi rice to the rice cooker bowl
- Add the water. Depending on what recipe you read, it will always give you different measurements but a good rule of thumb we use is to use enough water to cover the rice and rest the same amount above the rice. So for instance, if the rice takes up an inch of space in the bottom of your rice cooker, your water should be resting at the 2 inch mark.
- Turn on the rice cooker and let it work it’s magic. Do not lift the lid while the rice is cooking
- When the rice cooker has finished cooking take out the rice and place it into a large bowl
- Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar to the rice and mix it together. Make sure you mix it well. Taste a few pieces of rice, it should have a slight kick to it from the vinegar but not be overpowering
- Leave to rest for 10 minutes before making your nigiri and sushi rolls
Check out my post on sushi party ideas for some interesting ideas for hosting a sushi party with your friends!