shipping icon

pickup icon

Free shipping on orders within Continental US with purchase of $375 or more!

Oil Sardine Rice

Iwashi no Takikomi Gohan

Canned oil sardines are great items to store in your pantry. It's ready to use and rich in umami and nutrients. This sardine rice is so easy to make, as all you have to do is basically remove the sardines from the can and top on the rice with a few other ingredients to cook. Make sure to use a little amount of the oil from the can, as it's infused with all the rich flavors of the sardines. I also highly recommend you sprinkle some Sansho Powder when serving, as the bright citrusy kick of the sansho with the rich sardine flavors work so well together.

I also like to cook this dish with the addition of Mochi Mugi barley. If you would like to cook with the Mochi Mugi, add a packet of Mochi Mugi to the rice and extra 1/2 cup (120 ml) of dashi and a pinch of salt in Step 1 of the recipe.


Double-lid donabe rice cooker, Kamado-san (3 rice-cup size)


4 - 5


  • 2 rice cups (360 ml) short grain rice, rinsed
  • 1 1/3 cups (300 ml) kombu & bonito dashi or your choice of stock
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 oz (30 g) ginger, peeled and finely julienned
  • 8 oz (240 g) canned oiled sardines, save 2 tablespoons of the oil and drain the rest
  • Chopped mitsuba (Japanese parsley) for garnish (can substitute with chives)
  • Sansho powder, for serving


  1. Combine the rice, dashi, sake and soy sauce in Kamado-san. Let the rice mixture soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Spread the ginger over the rice, and arrange the sardines neatly on the top.
  3. Cover Kamado-san with both lids and cook over medium-high heat for 13 - 15 minutes, or until 2 - 3 minutes after the steam starts puffing out of the top lid.
  4. Turn off the heat and let it stand for 20 minutes.
  5. Uncover and garnish with chopped mitsuba. Gently scoop into individual bowls and sprinkle some sansho powder to enjoy.

I love the flavor of the sardines and ginger together for this dish. 

Itadakimasu (bon appetite).

About the measurements used in our recipes

For rice measurement, traditional Japanese rice measurement is used.
  • 1 rice-cup = 3/4 US cup = 180 ml
Other conversions (US to metric measures)
  • 1 cup = 240 ml
  • 1 inch (1") = 2.5 cm
  • 1 ounce (1 oz) = 30 ml