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It is no secret that crispy rice is one of my favorites ❤️ The key with these is to have fun with it, try with different toppings. By far one of my most asked questions is how I make it so here it is!

Why You’ll love Crispy Rice

It is super versatile, you can top it with pretty much anything your heart desires. I love to top mine with raw fish, or even steak tartare. You can also play around with the shapes, you can make crispy rice balls, or even crispy rice “bread.” These are super fun to make and play around with. I’m telling you.. The amount of ways you can play around with this are infinite! Give it a try and be creative! I linked some of my other recipes, so that you can get ideas of what to make with your crispy rice.

Crispy rice
Gochujang Steak Tartare & Crispy Rice
Spicy Salmon Crispy Rice

Recipe Tip

* Always use sushi rice (you can find it as: calrose, japonica, japanese sushi rice or california sushi rice).
* Rice cooker yields the best results.
* Pack the rice pretty tightly before freezing.
* Once it is in the oil, don’t touch the rice until ready to turn. Very important step!

Crispy Rice

By Nadia Aidi
Crispy Rice… It is no secret that crispy rice is one of my favorites ❤️ by far one of my most asked questions is how I make the rice so here it is!


  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 kombu strip, optional but recommended
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Avocado oil


  • Wash your rice well. Add the rice, water, kombu if using and pinch of salt to your rice cooker
  • Mix the sugar and rice vinegar
  • Add in the seasoned rice to the rice and mix well
  • Place parchment paper onto a container and add in the rice, press to pack pretty tightly
  • Place in freezer for about 2 hrs. The idea is for it to be pretty hard but not frozen solid
  • Slice the rice into squares, wet the blade of your knife between cuts to ensure clean cuts!
  • Preheat a pan with avocado oil, about 1 1/4 inch of oil. Once the wooden spoon bubbles it’s ready
  • Place the rice, far enough from each other so they don’t touch
  • Fry on medium high for 9-11 min or until edges start to look pretty golden brown. Flip and cook for another 9 minutes or so

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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