The basic – How to Cook Japanese Rice

By far the most important – Rice

The most important element in Japanese meal is – as you might know – rice. The smell of Japanese sticky white rice cooking makes us so hungry. I can’t help thinking what to cook for the best combination with the rice.  Now you may wonder how to cook the sticky half-transparent rice which becomes the best “co-star” on the dinner table.

Simple steps to cook perfect rice

Ingredients (for 2 ~ 3 portions)

  • Japanese rice – 1 cup
  • Water for cooking – 1 cup


  1. Rinse the rice with cold water in a bowl. Drain the water and rinse the rice one more time.
  2. Drain the water and leave the rice in a strainer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Put the rinsed rice and 1 cup of cold water in a small saucepan. Put a lid on.
  4. Heat the pan on high heat until the water boils.
  5. Let the water boil for about 1 minute on medium high heat. 
  6. Lower the heat to 2nd lowest heat, and cook for 12 minutes.
  7. When the time is up, remove the pan from the cooking stove and leave it for about 5 minutes with a lid on.