How to Make Sushi at Home

How to make sushi rolls

How to make perfect sushi rolls.

Sushi can be pretty pricey, which is why so many people opt to make it at home. Sure, learning how to make sushi can be a little tricky, but with the right information and a little bit of practice, you’ll be a fairly decent sushi chef in no time.

Topics Covered

  • How to make sushi rice
    • Make sushi rice at home with a rice cooker
    • Make sushi rice at home in a pot
  • Choose your fillings
  • How to make sushi rolls
    • How to make sushi rolls with a rolling mat
  • The condiments

How to make sushi rice

What you will need: A rice cooker or pot and stove, short or medium-grain white Japonica rice, water, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt.

How to make sushi rice at home.
People making sushi rice.

Rice is your main ingredient. After all, the very word sushi translates to vinegared rice. Making it, on the other hand, is much easier said than done because the rice has to be cooked to perfection. There are two ways of doing this – the easy way (with a rice cooker) and the slightly harder way (cooking in a pot), but first, we have to get the right type of rice – short or medium-grain white Japonica rice.

How to prepare sushi rice

Sushi rice needs to undergo some preparations before being cooked – no matter whether you will be cooking with a rice cooker or pot.

Rinse the rice: Rice usually has excess starch attached to it and should be thoroughly rinsed a few times to prevent it from becoming too mushy when being cooked. Simply add the rice to a bowl and let it soak in water for a bit before changing the water and repeating it. After doing this two or three times, you will notice that the water is not so murky anymore.

Prepare the sauce: Prepare the sauce while the rice is being steamed or cooked. Add 1.5 teaspoons of rice vinegar, 2 1/4 teaspoons of sugar, and 3/4 teaspoons of salt into a pan for every cup of dry rice you have added to the pot or rice cooker. Allow the mixture to simmer on the stove while on a medium setting until all sugar and salt particles have dissolved, but do not let it boil. When done, put it to the side until the rice is ready.

The rice can be added to the rice cooker or pot as soon as it has been properly rinsed. Just be sure to add one cup of water for every cup of rice you add to the pot or rice cooker.

How to make sushi rice at home with a rice cooker

You cannot mess up your sushi rice with a rice cooker. Simply add your rice and water, follow the instructions (many rice cookers have a sushi rice selection) and wait for it to be done.

The Zojirushi rice cooker and warmer

The Zojirushi rice cooker and warmer is perfect for making sushi rice at home. Simply add your rice and water, select the sushi rice setting, and wait.

Check out the specs here, and be sure to check out our other Japanese rice cooker reviews.

How to make sushi rice at home in a pot

To make sushi rice at home in a pot, simply add the appropriate amounts of water and rice (1 cup of water for every cup of rice). Set the stove somewhere between a medium and high setting, put the lid tightly onto the pot, and wait for it to come to a boil.

When it boils, lower the temperature on the stove and allow it to continue cooking until all the remaining water is absorbed by the rice granules. When done, turn off the stove and allow the pot with its lid still on, to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. And that’s how you make sushi rice in a pot!

Mixing the rice and sauce

In the final step, we will mix our rice and sauce. To do this, pour the rice out from the pot into a mixing bowl. Stir the rice around with a chopstick or fork until there is no more steam coming from it. As soon as the steam has stopped, keep stirring while slowly pouring the sauce into the rice. Keep stirring until the rice has cooled down to room temperature. If all went well, you will now have the perfect sushi rice with a beautiful shine.

Choose your fillings

You have many options to choose from when it comes to sushi fillings. As a matter of fact, you don’t even need any fish fillings. But if you do decide to go with fish, then make sure it’s sushi-grade fish – in other words, as fresh as possible.

There is also a trick to selecting the filling ingredients and the quantities used. It’s somewhat of an art because the taste of one ingredient shouldn’t overpower the taste of another. In other words, the flavors should be in perfect balance with one another. Don’t be overly concerned about this, though.

A good quality knife will also be needed, and if you need one, check out our best sushi knife reviews.

Find a thorough list of filling choices at

How to make sushi rolls

Making perfect roles is probably the trickiest part about making sushi. I strongly suggest using a rolling mat because this will greatly simplify the process.

What you will need: Nori sheets (essential), and a rolling mat (optional).

Nori sheets

Nori sheets are dried and roasted sheets of seaweed that hold sushi rolls together. They can also be used as an ingredient in salads and other dishes. It’s suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

Get this 11-gram bag of 5 nori sheets from

Bamboo rolling mat set

A bamboo rolling mat is essential, especially when you’re still learning how to make sushi because it allows beginners to make perfect roles.

With this kit set, you will get two easy-to-clean rolling bamboo mats, five pairs of chopsticks, and a rice paddle.

How to make sushi rolls with a rolling mat

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Roll the bamboo mat out on a table in front of you with one nori sheet (rough side up) on top of it. Placing a plastic wrapper in between the mat and nori is advised as it will prevent the two from sticking together.

Spread the rice evenly onto the nori sheet but leave an inch of space on one edge. Place the fillings in the center on top of the rice in a straight line, and then roll the mat (just like in the video above). Slice into sections. Done!

The condiments

The three essential condiments you need are wasabi, soy sauce, and slices of pickled ginger. Any of these can be purchased at your nearest store or Asian grocer. Alternatively, buy any of the following straight from

Wasabi Powder (14-ounce jar)

What would sushi be without wasabi? The paste can be bought at most large stores and is even more readily available at Asian grocers. Alternatively, you could order the real deal online from Amazon in powder form. Also, check out our wasabi page for easy-to-follow instructions on how to quickly turn the powder into a paste.

Saitaku sushi pickled ginger (190g jar)

Pickled ginger slices, or gari as it’s known in Japan, play a vital role with sushi as it cleanses the palate in between trying out different types of sushi.

Get this 190g bottle of young pickled ginger slices that’s been marinated in vinegar and sugar from the Saitaku brand.

Haku Mizunara 750ml Aged Shoyu

Soy sauce is an essential condiment. Sure, you could buy the average stuff at your local store, or you could get this 750ml bottle of aged shoyu sauce imported straight from Kyoto, Japan.

It has a delicate and subtle sweetness to it and the ingredients include wheat alcohol, water, salt, and soybeans.

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