When I make rice for sushi, I season it with sugar, salt, rice vinegar, and mirin. I'm never sure if I should add these at the beginning or near the end of cooking the rice. Does it matter when I add these seasonings?


You should add the seasoning at the end of cooking the rice.

Actually normally I let my rice cool down for 10-15 minutes and transfer it to a large mixing bowl before mixing the seasoning with my rice.

I do not think it matters when you add the salt BUT the wet ingredients (including sugar) should be added after the water has been absorbed by the rice.

  • Why would sugar be considered a wet ingredient in this instance? – J Crosby Aug 19 '19 at 19:25

Seasoning the rice is done after the rice is cooked and the water has evaporated. You wouldn't want the water to dilute the seasoning, you want the rice to become sticky and clumped up.

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