Salmon Donburi
  • 2 cups uncooked short grain rice (usually this is just labeled as 'sushi rice')
  • 2 cups water (for cooking - you will need plenty of water for rinsing/washing the rice)
  • 6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • tiny pinch of kosher salt (less than ⅛ teaspoon)
  • 1 pound salmon, filleted and thinly sliced
  • 4-5 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger, grated (or finely minced)
  • thinly sliced seaweed (for garnish)
  • extra scallions (for garnish)
  1. Place your rice in a mesh sieve and begin to rinse it under cold water, shaking it gently as the water runs, so that all of the grains get washed. Do this until the water runs completely clear - it should take 8-10 minutes. I used my hands to move the rice around to be sure that it was completely rinsed. You might think that the water is running clear after 3-5 minutes, but let the rice sit a moment, then start rinsing it again, and you will see that it's not ready yet, so just be diligent. Some people soak the rice in water for an additional 30 minutes, then rinse it again, but I made this after work and didn't have that much time - if you want to do it the 'proper' way, though, go ahead and soak and rinse again.
  2. Drain the rice well, shaking it so that as much water is removed from the rice as possible. This, again, should take 3-5 minutes. Place the rice in your rice cooker and add 2 cups of water to the rice. Start the rice cooker and let it go until it has finished, then let it stand for 5 minutes or so. Alternatively, if you do not have a rice cooker, you can cook the rice on your stove top according to the sushi rice package's directions.
  3. While the rice cooks, place the rice wine vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small pot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved, then set aside to cool slightly.
  4. When the rice is ready, spread it out onto a large baking sheet in a thin layer, and slowly pour the vinegar mixture over it, gently moving the rice around so that all sides of all of the grains absorbs the vinegar. You may not need all of the vinegar, but the rice should be shiny and smooth looking when you are done. Taste it, and add more vinegar if you like (I used all of mine because I love the taste, but some people have limits). Place a wet paper towel over the whole pan of rice until you are ready to use it.
  5. First, slice your salmon as thinly as possible. If your salmon has skin on it, simply slice a small sliver near the tail so that you can grab the skin, place the knife at an angle, and pull the skin while keeping the knife in place so that you peel the skin away from the fish itself. Slice the fish thinly, at an angle, and place in a bowl. Gently mix together, using your hands, with the scallions, mirin, rice wine vinegar, and grated ginger.
  6. To make the donburi, place some of your sushi rice in a bowl and arrange the sliced fish on top, then garnish with a few more scallions and some seaweed. Serve immediately.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at