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Perfect and Easy Japanese Rice (gluten-free/ vegan)


Today I introduce you to “How to cook Japanese rice perfectly and easily”. If you have a rice cooker, you can just follow their directions. But if you don’t have one, this is the easiest recipe for perfect Japanese rice.


Steamed rice is a staple food in Japanese cuisine. Japanese rice has soft texture and rice grains are shiny when it is cooked! We mostly eat rice two or three times a day. Even when we don’t cook, most super markets and convenience stores have many kinds of rice balls and rice products can be cooked in microwave.

Lately, some people add multi-grain rice to white rice when it is cooked to make the dish healthier but steamed white rice remains perennial favorites.

The cookbook Bento for Beginners is now available on Amazon.


Tips for cooking Japanese rice;

  • Find dried short-grain white rice, not “sweet sticky rice”.
  • Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • The heat level is the key. Once it boils, turn down the heat to very low not to get burned.
  • Do not open the lid when it is cooking even if it bubbles over. Wait patiently.
  • Steam the rice for 10 minutes after cooking.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Japanese rice

Tips for storing cooked rice;

Put one portion of cooked rice without cooling down in a glass container with a lid or freezer bag, or wrap with plastic wrap. Store in the freezer and use within 3 weeks. When you eat, put unwrapped frozen rice on a microwave-safe plate  and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes with a cover.

The key to store is to freeze the rice without cooling so it has fresh cooked rice taste even after storing for 3 weeks in the freezer.

Ingredients (4 servings, about 4 cups)

1 ½ cups short-grain white rice (I recommend Koshihikari Rice 4.4 Lb)

1 2/3 cups water

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Japanese rice


Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

14 thoughts on “Perfect and Easy Japanese Rice (gluten-free/ vegan)

  1. Thanks for the tip. It never occurred to me to freeze cooked rice. I’ll give it a try! 🙂

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  2. Koshihikari is my favourite rice, the only white rice I use now, and I use it for everything, even risotto. It has am amazing taste, once we tried it, we never went back.

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  3. I always struggle cooking rice so I’ll be sure to give this a try! 🙂

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  4. This is great! Thanks for sharing these easy rice-cooking instructions! 🙂

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  5. I’ve never tried using a kitchen towel when resting the rice and I couldn’t believe how much it improved the rice. I’ve been steaming rice like this for years, but from now on I make sure to take this extra step. thank you for the advice!

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    • Thank you for stopping by and for the comment😃 If you use a rice cooker, you don’t need this step, but when you cook Japanese rice with a deep pan, you might want to steam rice with a kitchen towel or kitchen paper to make rice softer and moisture. I hope you will like it😊

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  6. Koshihikari is the best one in Japan. It would be know as the king of white rice in Japan. My favorite!!

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