Recipe by: Naoko Nama
Source: Family recipe
Serves: 4 thick sushi rolls or 10 thin sushi rolls


  • 540ml (3 Rice Cups) Rice, short grain
  • 540ml Water
  • 10cm Kobu Seaweed

Ingredients for Rice Seasoning  (Normal Type)

  • 4 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Ingredients for Rice Seasoning (Sugar-Free Type)

  • 2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp.Dashi Stock (Kobu & Bonito)
  • 1 Tbsp. Mirin (Sweet Sake)
  • ½  tsp. Salt


  • Wash and drain the rice.
  • Wipe kobu seaweed with wet paper.
  • Place rice and kobuin a pot and add water. Allow the rice to set for about 30 minutes.
  • Cook over high heat for 5 minutes until it starts bubbling, then lower the heat and simmer for about 9 minutes.
  • Remove the kobu seaweed and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Prepare the rice seasoning: mix the ingredients in a jar and shake well to dissolve the sugar completely for the Normal Type option.
  • If you are making the Sugar-Free Type option, place all the seasoning ingredients in a saucepan and put over moderate heat and bring to a boil, let it boil for a few minutes.
  • Place the cooked rice into a bowl (or a Japanese Moistened Wooden Tub, if you have one) and slowly pour the vinegar mixture over the rice indirectly and evenly by using a wooden rice paddle. Mix the rice gently with the paddle using cutting strokes while fanning the surface.
  • Cover with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying up, and set aside.

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