Vinegared rice

Vinegared rice is the base of the best liked nori sushi recipes. Serve topped with vegetables or fish, rolled with seaweed or in balls with some surprise stuffing.


1⁄4 c vinegar (rice vinegar)
2 T sugar
1 T tamari
2 c rice (sushi rice)
2 c water


Put the rice and the water in a saucepan. Heat it on the stove until the water boils, then cover the pan and let the rice simmer for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, measure the rice vinegar into a glass bowl. Stir in the sugar and tamari.

Take the rice off the heat. Let it stand for about 10 minutes.

Empty the cooked rice into a large, flat container. Slowly sprinkle the vinegar mixture over the rice, folding it in gently.

Total time
45 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
8 servings


Tamari is Japanese soy sauce made from soy with little or no wheat, while shoyu is a sweeter Japanese soy sauce made from soy and wheat.

Substitute 1 Tbs tamari with 1 Tbs shoyu, consider adding a little less sugar, or any other soy sauce.

Soy intolerance? Substitute 1 Tbs tamari with 1 tsp salt. This substitution is also recommended for young children, when there is a history of allergy in the family.


Experiment and create your own sushi. Japanese housewives always keep a pan of vinegared rice in the kitchen. This way, they can always make a quick snack.

easy, healthy
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