Microwave Sushi Rice

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Prep Time

2 mins

Cook Time

25 mins

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The key to great sushi rice, first and foremost, is in choosing the right rice. Japanese short-grain rice is the one to use for its size and starch content. Seasoning plays an equally important role, with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt playing together for a slightly sweet, tangy flavor. The microwave makes the whole process super hands-off.

Our recipe ensures a seamless experience that empowers you to create delectable sushi bowls or rolls in no time. Elevate your sushi-making skills with our step-by-step guide and expert tips.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well. Unless specified otherwise, all recipes should be cooked at full power.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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The Medium Deep Dish


For seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the rice:

  • ½ cup (100g) short-grain rice or sushi rice
  • ¾ cup (180ml) of water


  1. For the seasoning: mix the vinegar, sugar, and salt in an Anyday dish or a microwave-safe ramekin and cook for 20-30 seconds, or until the sugar and salt are fully dissolved. Set aside when ready.
  2. For the rice: Add rice to an Anyday Deep Dish. Rinse and drain several times until the water runs clean. Strain the rice one last time and return to the Anyday dish.
  3. Add water and spread the rice in an even layer. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  4. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 4tooltip for 22 mins, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender (try one!). If rice is still too hard, add more time at the same power level in 2-minute increments.
  5. Rest for 2-5 minutes with the lid on to allow the rice to finish steaming.
  6. Season the rice with the prepared vinegar gently fold the rice until well seasoned.
  7. Allow the rice to cool before using it as rolls or enjoy warm for sushi bowls. Keep it covered with the lid to prevent it from drying.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Season the rice with furikake or other Japanese-style rice seasoning.
  • Top the rice with spicy tuna salad, sesame seeds, avocado, and seaweed salad for a delicious sushi bowl.
  • Top the rice with a poached egg and Japanese BBQ sauce.
  • Get creative and make your own sushi rolls or onigiri at home.

Recipe notes

  • Allow the rice to cool if using for onigiri or rolls, or enjoy warm for sushi bowls.
  • Adding the vinegar mixture while the rice is still hot will ensure well-seasoned, shiny rice.
  • Use the Japanese method of “cutting and folding” the rice with a flat spatula to avoid mushy rice.
  • Keep the cool, seasoned rice covered with the lid to prevent it from drying out.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

All You Need to Know About Making Sushi Rice in the Microwave

Can I make sushi rice in the microwave?

Yes, you can! Cooking rice in an Anyday dish is not only easy but also a better experience. Before cooking, the rice should rinsed in cold water until the water runs clear to remove as much excess starch as possible. When using the microwave, rice gets steamed slowly, just like in an electric rice cooker, but without the need to pull out another appliance on your countertop. The Anyday and the microwave make the dream team for cooking rice. Check out our recipes for both white and brown rice too!

Why do we use a lower power level to cook the rice?

Using a lower power level helps prevent the rice from overcooking or becoming too mushy. It allows for a gentler cooking process, ensuring the rice cooks evenly and maintains its desired texture

Why do we use short-grain rice for sushi rice?

Short-grain rice, also known as sushi rice, is preferred for sushi because of its sticky texture, which helps the rice hold together when rolled or shaped into sushi.

Why do we let the rice rest after cooking before seasoning?

Allowing the rice to rest with the lid on after cooking helps it finish steaming, resulting in a fluffy and evenly cooked texture. This resting period also allows the rice to cool slightly, making it easier to handle when seasoning with vinegar mixture.

Why is the rice seasoned after cooking?

Seasoning the rice after cooking with a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt enhances its flavor and texture. The vinegar adds a tangy balance, while sugar firms up the grains and gives them a glossy appearance. Salt enhances flavor and regulates moisture, ensuring the rice maintains a desirable texture. This step is crucial for achieving delicious and authentic sushi rice.

Can I save or freeze leftover sushi rice?

Yes, leftover sushi rice can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen for longer-term storage. Be sure to cool the rice completely before storing it in the Anyday dish with the lid on. To properly freeze, place the cooked and now cold rice in the Anytime Freezer Trays and save for up to 3 months.

What's the best way to reheat leftover sushi rice?

To reheat sushi rice, sprinkle a little water over the rice and cover it with the Anyday lid in vented position. Microwave in short intervals, fluffing the rice with a fork until heated through. If the rice is frozen, just add the pucks into the Anyday dish and heat for about 1 minute per puck until heated through.

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