Anyone who loves sushi knows the importance of rice in this traditional Japanese dish. It’s also important to know which rice is best for sushi.
There is a special type of rice traditionally used by Japanese chefs for sushi. It’s called sushi rice and is made from short-grain Japanese rice.
However, if you’re unable to find it, you can still use other types of rice to make sushi such as Calrose rice and brown rice. Keep reading to learn more!
As mentioned, the best rice for making sushi rice is called “sushi rice.” It can either be short-grain white Japanese rice or medium-grain California rice. It will usually say “sushi rice” directly on the bag. Your grocery store will probably provide it but if not, check your local Asian market.
Remember that sushi can only be made from short-grain or medium-grain rice, but short-grain rice is recommended. Some Japanese recipes even combine medium-grain and short-grain rice.
Technically, y several different types of rice can be used in your homemade sushi, but it will not taste the same unless it is sushi rice.
Sushi rice is known for its stickiness, which allows it to stick to the fish and other ingredients. Regular white rice is too fluffy, but it can also be made sticky when cooked in a certain way and with the right ingredients added.
1. Japanese Rice
Japanese rice, also known as Japonica rice, is one of the best strains of rice to make your sushi. It is a combination of ordinary rice and glutinous rice, both of which are short-grained.
2. Sushi Rice
A rice cooker is the best option to make sushi rice. But you could always use a regular pot if you don’t have one.
Once the rice is done cooking, season it with vinegar, salt, and sugar. By adding these three important ingredients, your sushi will have the ideal balance of sour, salty, and sweet flavors.
3. Calrose rice
If you are unable to find Japanese rice, consider using Calrose rice. Calrose rice is medium-grained, unlike traditional Japanese rice which is short-grained.
4. Brown Rice
Although brown rice is not commonly used for sushi, some people prefer it as it contains 15% fewer calories than white rice.
There are a couple of types of rice that people often use for their sushi that is not recommended.
- Arborio rice
- Glutinous rice
- Long-grain white rice ( such as Basmati rice)
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What Rice is Best for Sushi and How to Make Sushi Rice
- 1 cup uncooked Japanese rice
- 1 cup water
- Japanese sushi vinegar
- Add the rinsed rice and water to a rice cooker. Cook following the instructions.
- When the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large mixing bowl,.letting it cool slightly
- Add sushi vinegar to the rice and mix thoroughly.
- Your sushi rice is now complete and ready to make sushi rolls or nigiri!