How to Cook Perfect Sushi Rice Without Rice Cooker

This is how we Japanese cook sushi rice without a rice cooker. If you are actually cooking sushi, please add dried Kelp when you start heating the rice. This recipe is for plain sticky Japanese rice.

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Cooking Japanese rice takes mainly 4 process- rinse, soak, boil and steam. Following is the time required for each process : Rinse 10min / Soak 20min~1hr / Boil 20min / Sit to steam 10min

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Measure the rice precisely. The amount of water changes accordingly to how much rice you need. We measure rice with a unit of 180ml (=1 go). 1go will be a little short for 2 servings.

Measure the rice precisely. The amount of water changes accordingly to how much rice you need. We measure rice with a unit of 180ml (=1 go). 1go will be a little short for 2 servings.

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Process 1. RINCE - Put the rice in a strainer and place it on a pot or bowl to receive water.

Process 1. RINCE - Put the rice in a strainer and place it on a pot or bowl to receive water.

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Pour some water enough to cover the rice. Put your hand over the rice to prevent the strong tap water hit rice directly - the rice may crack with water otherwise.

Pour some water enough to cover the rice. Put your hand over the rice to prevent the strong tap water hit rice directly - the rice may crack with water otherwise.

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For the first rinse, stir only once and quickly lift  the strainer from the water. This is to prevent the rice to soak up the smell of bran.

For the first rinse, stir only once and quickly lift the strainer from the water. This is to prevent the rice to soak up the smell of bran.

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Repeat the step, but you can stir the rice longer from the second rinse.

Repeat the step, but you can stir the rice longer from the second rinse.

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Stir longer from the second rinse.

Stir longer from the second rinse.

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Drain water - repeat the step 5, 6 & 7 for a couple of times until the water does not get too smoky.

Drain water - repeat the step 5, 6 & 7 for a couple of times until the water does not get too smoky.

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Pour water again.

Pour water again.

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To rinse off the remaining bran, shake the rice in the water.

To rinse off the remaining bran, shake the rice in the water.

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Repeat the process until the rinsing water is this clear.

Repeat the process until the rinsing water is this clear.

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Process 2. SOAK - Pour some water again - enough to cover the rice. Leave the rice in the water for 20min (summer) to 1 hour (winter) until the rice soaks up the water.

Process 2. SOAK - Pour some water again - enough to cover the rice. Leave the rice in the water for 20min (summer) to 1 hour (winter) until the rice soaks up the water.

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Check the colour of rice to see whether the rice is ready for cooking or not. This is when I started soaking the rice. You can see some part of the rice is transparent.

Check the colour of rice to see whether the rice is ready for cooking or not. This is when I started soaking the rice. You can see some part of the rice is transparent.

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After 40min. You can see the rice is whiter and less transparent part in each of them. We are nearly there.

After 40min. You can see the rice is whiter and less transparent part in each of them. We are nearly there.

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When the whole rice becomes white, it's ready to cook.

When the whole rice becomes white, it's ready to cook.

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Process 3. BOIL - drain water as much as possible.

Process 3. BOIL - drain water as much as possible.

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Measure the water precisely - I used 450ml of rice (=180ml x 2.5) so I need 500ml of water (=200ml x 2.5). There are other ways of deciding the amount of water but I find this one easier.

Measure the water precisely - I used 450ml of rice (=180ml x 2.5) so I need 500ml of water (=200ml x 2.5). There are other ways of deciding the amount of water but I find this one easier.

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Pour the water into the drained rice. Shake the pod to flatten the rice. Add dried Kelp here if you are preparing rice for Sushi.

Pour the water into the drained rice. Shake the pod to flatten the rice. Add dried Kelp here if you are preparing rice for Sushi.

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Cover the pot with lid and place on a high fire. Leave until it starts boiling.

Cover the pot with lid and place on a high fire. Leave until it starts boiling.

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When it started boiling, set the timer and keep boiling with the high fire for another 2 minutes.

When it started boiling, set the timer and keep boiling with the high fire for another 2 minutes.

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After 2 minutes, lower the heat to middle strength and simmer for 3 minutes. Use the timer again.

After 2 minutes, lower the heat to middle strength and simmer for 3 minutes. Use the timer again.

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After 3 minutes, lower the heat to minimum heat and keep heating for 5 to 7 minutes, until all the water has gone.

After 3 minutes, lower the heat to minimum heat and keep heating for 5 to 7 minutes, until all the water has gone.

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Check if all the water's evaporated after 5 minutes. The photo is a good example - go to the next step.

Check if all the water's evaporated after 5 minutes. The photo is a good example - go to the next step.

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Quickly move the pot to the highest heat and heat for 20 seconds. You should hear this noise. (Excuse the ghost busters behind! I mean the clicking noise from the pot). Turn off the hob after 20sec.

Quickly move the pot to the highest heat and heat for 20 seconds. You should hear this noise. (Excuse the ghost busters behind! I mean the clicking noise from the pot). Turn off the hob after 20sec.

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Process 4. STAND TO STEAM - Cover the pot with clean cloth and leave for 10 minutes to steam. The cloth is to prevent the water on the lid dropping on the rice.

Process 4. STAND TO STEAM - Cover the pot with clean cloth and leave for 10 minutes to steam. The cloth is to prevent the water on the lid dropping on the rice.

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Dig in with a wet spoon - wooden one may be better - and turn them from the bottom.

Dig in with a wet spoon - wooden one may be better - and turn them from the bottom.

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This is to release the steam inside.

This is to release the steam inside.

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Serve it with Japanese, Chinese or Korean dishes. You can freeze the any remaining rice in a container and microwave for 1 min per serving.

Serve it with Japanese, Chinese or Korean dishes. You can freeze the any remaining rice in a container and microwave for 1 min per serving.

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