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Authentic Sushi Rice

Kate Friedman
Oneo f the keys to making vegan sushi taste amazing (and authentic) is taking the time to make authentic sushi rice. That’s right – the rice used in sushi roll recipes isn’t just plain white rice. It’s a special variety of flavored short-grain rice that becomes both fluffy & sticky when cooked.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese, vegan, vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 cups dry sushi rice prepared in accordance with the package directions
  • 2 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Cook the rice in accordance with the package directions. Note the tips and tricks for making the perfect sushi rice in the blog above.
  • When the rice is finished cooking, it should be fluffy, but firm. Each rice grain should still have its shape.
  • Cool the rice by spreading it out on a baking sheet.
  • While the rice is cooling, bring the vinegar to a low simmer in a small saucepan. When simmering, add the sugar and salt and whisk the solution until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Remove the solution from heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  • When the rice and the vinegar solution have cooled, gently fold the vinegar solution into the rice using a wooden spoon.
  • Refrigerate the rice until its ready for use.
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