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Steamed rice is a staple food for almost any Japanese meal. It is soft and sticky compared to other kinds of Asian rice. Rice is called a “main dish” in Japan since starch is emphasized more than other dishes such as meat.

With this basic cooked rice, many variations of rice dish can be made using different seasonings.

Read more: Back to Basics: How to Cook Rice

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Steamed Rice

Japanese sticky rice eaten plain or seasoned.

Prep Time35 minutes mins

Cook Time20 minutes mins

Total Time55 minutes mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Japanese

Keyword: rice, short grain rice

Servings: 3 servings

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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Put rice in a bowl. Wash rice and pour water out, and repeat that for 3 times.

  • Place rice in a heavy pot and add water. Let it soak for 30 minutes.

  • Cook uncovered at high heat until water boils, stir, and turn down to lower medium heat. Cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes.

  • Let it stand for 10 minutes.

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February 6, 2012 By JapaneseCooking101

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Noriko and Yuko, the authors of this site, are both from Japan but now live in California. They love cooking and eating great food, and share a similar passion for home cooking using fresh ingredients.Noriko and Yuko plan and develop recipes together for Japanese Cooking 101. They cook and shoot photos/videos at their home kitchen(s.)

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  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (8)

    Elle

    March 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Japanese cooked rice is heaven! I always wondered why my rice turns out so awful in a pot compared to when I use a rice cooker! I use short grain rice and the right amount of water-but I never soaked the rice! This video has really helped me. I am making some rice in a pot now! I hope it turns out this delicious! I love this website so much. mmmm oishii!

    • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (9)

      Noriko

      September 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Elle,
      hope your rice turned out good!

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (10)

    Jesús

    April 9, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Thanks for this method! I tried a method with 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of water, cooking it for 10 min and waiting another 10 min. Somehow it worked, but the rice was a little hard compared to this method.

    I love your recipes the care you put on them. Now I’m going for Gyudon!

    Again, thanks!!

    • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (11)

      Noriko

      May 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Jesus,
      glad you liked our steamed rice recipe! Hope you like Gyudon too!

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (12)

    Nakoe

    May 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I love this recipe, i’m always prepare it this way! Soo deliuous.Thank you ^^

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (15)

    Gabriel

    June 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Was that a ceramic heavy pot or was it aluminum, i want to know so i dont mess it up 🙂

    • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (16)

      Noriko

      September 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Gabriel,
      we used cast iron (enameled) pot. Any heavy pan will work well.

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (17)

    Vanessa P.

    July 14, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Can I store extra rice in the refrigerator? I am the only one in my family who will it steamed rice. Or is there a recipe for 1 to 2 servings?
    By the way I love the taste of the rice with your recipe.

    • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (18)

      Noriko

      September 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Vanessa,
      you can freeze the leftover rice wrapping very well. Microwave whenever you need it.

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (19)

    Megan

    August 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    How long does this last in the fridge? Thanks for the great recipe! I just finished making it, and it’s perfect!

    • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (20)

      Noriko

      September 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Megan,
      a couple of days at most. If you have left-over, freeze it.

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (21)

    Fevi

    September 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I have a question: Do I soak the rice with the same cup and half of water that I’ll cook in, or do I soak and drain then put the cup and a half of water?

    I ask because I already tried to make the rice and it came out way too sticky and the way that I did it was to wash 3 times, soak for 30mins and drain, then put the rice in the pot and add the one cup and half of water and let it boil. So, I wonder if there was too much water in my process.

    Sincerely,
    Fevi

    • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (22)

      Noriko

      September 8, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Fevi,
      you should wash, measure the water, let soak, and cook.

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (23)

    Sena

    September 25, 2014 at 1:08 am

    after i wash the rice and let it soak would it still work to use a rice cooker instead of the pot

    • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (24)

      Noriko

      September 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Sena,
      yes!

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (25)

    Judith

    January 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I’m so glad I found this – other attempts, with or without a rice cooker, resulted in congee like rice. Thanks!

    • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (26)

      Noriko

      January 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Judith,
      glad it works for you!

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (27)

    Joelle

    January 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Hello! May I know for making of bento, should I use steamed rice or sushi rice?

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (28)

    Ashley

    January 25, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    What will happen if I use a long grain rice instead of the short grain rice with this recipe?

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (29)

    Noah jacobs

    February 10, 2016 at 6:38 am

    My came out super sticky and mushy, I followed it step by step 🙁 the only thing i can think of is either my rice needs more rinsing or the cooking time is too long, it became almost like overcooked sushi rice, not good for omurice

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (30)

    Alicia

    April 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Hi there! I found this recipe and decided – why not giving it a try? I used long grain rice instead of short grain rice because that’s the one I own and I like how it turned out!
    Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (31)

    Nico

    September 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Will any short grain rice do? Excluding pudding rice of course.

  • Steamed Rice Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101 (32)

    Yuki

    October 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Hi,

    If I want to make bigger servings (12 people), can I just put more rice and more water?

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