Japanese Cooking: DIY Sushi Party! With Easy Sushi Rice Recipe

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Whether you’re sick of eating out or just want a fun (and delicious) activity to do with loved ones over the weekend, a DIY sushi party might just be for you! We tried it out last night and boy was it a ton of fun.

At the end of the day, what you put on the sushi is up to you, but the most important bit to get right is the sushi rice. We did some research online and tweaked some recipes to come up with the scrumptious, perfectly plump sushi rice with great flavour. Here’s what you’ll need…

Ingredients: (Serves 5-6)

  • 4 cups of quality Sushi Rice
  • cold water
  • 6 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 12 tbsp of japanese rice vinegar

Now let’s begin! Start by rinsing the sushi rice 2-3 times. Don’t over-rinse as you might lose some of the flavour.

Then fill to the water level is about 1-1.5cm above the rice.

Cook for roughly 30 minutes or until ready.


Once the rice is cooked, transfer into a wooden bowl if you have. We didn’t so we just used the rice pot but having a wooden container is best so it doesn’t damage the rice.

While it’s cooling slightly, prepare the vinegar mixture. Mix the sugar, vinegar and salt in a saucepan and stir till completely dissolved.

Then, slowly stir into rice. Mix using a cutting motion to make sure you get an even mix. Once the vinegar mixture is incorporated fully into the rice, cover with a warm damp cloth and let cool naturally to room temperature.

Quick Tip: Don’t put it in the fridge as it might harden. You can use a fan to speed up the cooling or if you’re in a hurry.


Once cooled, you’re ready to make your sushi! There are so many ways you can do this. We made some delicious nigiri using fresh sliced sashimi-grade scallops, maguro (Tuna), hamachi (Yellowtail), ika (squid) and tamago (Egg) from the Japanese supermarket.

We also bought some some crabmeat sticks, cucumbers, avocado and salmon to roll some california maki and handrolls. It’s really up to you and how creative you’d like to get! If you want to know how to roll a maki properly with a bamboo sushi mat, check out this video that we found quite instructive — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLRL18LvVyo

Quick Tip: If you have leftover sushi rice, you can always save it for a quick wagyu or chirashi don for lunch the next day!

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And there you have it. Delicious sushi in the comfort of your own home! This is great for a gathering or even a night in with family and friends. Hope you have as much fun as we did. Good luck! x

8 thoughts on “Japanese Cooking: DIY Sushi Party! With Easy Sushi Rice Recipe

  1. nice~! question though, you know how some sushi has specific temperature to be eaten (in Japan) so would you recommend having attempting to follow the temperature for the sushi party? Actually… just thinking about it sounds so delicious already!

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    • hello! thanks for stopping by.. i’m honestly no expert on sushi prep but i think room temperature (or slightly warmer) is how they usually serve it. I think you should have it whatever way you like it though. it’s your party (;


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