Instant Pot Sushi Recipe (2024)

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Instant Pot Sushi Rice is the perfect sticky rice for making homemade sushi, poke bowls, or sushi bowls. The pressure cooker makes the process simple. This recipe includes traditional methods and ingredients for the easiest and best sticky rice you’ve ever had.

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1 Authentic Sushi Rice

2 Instant Pot Sushi Rice Benefits

3 Ingredients

4 Recipe Steps

5 Recipe Tips

6 Recipe FAQs

7 More Instant Pot Rice Recipes You Might Like

9 Instant Pot Sushi Recipe (Authentic)

Authentic Sushi Rice

Well-executed sushi rice is essential for a perfect sushi roll.

Short grain rice is cooked until it’s cooked through and sticky, then seasoned with vinegar and sugar to give a slightly sweet and sour flavor that pairs perfectly with fish, avocado, chopped vegetables, or whatever else you want to put in your roll or sushi bowl.

This foolproof Instant Pot method simplifies the process for perfect sushi rice every single time. You’ll throw out your rice cooker once you realize how much easier it is to use the electric pressure cooker!

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Instant Pot Sushi Rice Benefits

  • It’s an easy method for perfect sushi rice. Rice is notoriously difficult to cook perfectly. If you undercook it it’s slightly crunchy and if you overcook it it’s mushy or gummy. This recipe is simple and it comes out perfect every time.
  • It’s essential to use sushi rice to make a tasty homemade sushi roll or for sushi bowls. In a pinch, you can also use basmati rice or jasmine rice, but try to use a short-grain Japanese rice for this recipe (don’t use brown rice for good sushi rice).
  • This recipe has the traditional flavors. If you want your sushi to taste like the traditional sushi you know and love, then this is the recipe for you. You’ll get the best sushi rice!

Ingredients

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  • Short grain rice has a higher starch content which means it will cook up stickier than long grain rice. You can find rice specifically labeled sushi rice in the store (I like this brand of California-grown organic sushi rice).
  • Kombu seaweed adds a savory umami flavor to the rice. If you’re unsure whether you will like the flavor, you can leave this ingredient out. I use the Eden brand of kombu.
  • Unseasoned Japanese rice sushi vinegar will add the perfect balance of sweet and acidic without changing the flavor. I like the Kikkoman brand.
  • Sugar counteracts the acidic flavor of the rice vinegar for a slightly sweet flavor to your perfect rice.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Recipe Steps

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Step One

Rinse sushi rice under cold water until the water is clear and then drain well in a mesh strainer.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Wipe Kombu carefully with a moist towel but do not remove the white coating.

Add white rice and water to the Instant Pot with one piece of kombu and cover.

Set to high pressure for 1 minute. Once the cooking time is up, use the natural pressure release for 20 minutes (don’t use the quick release).

Transfer rice to a glass bowl or other non-metal bowl.

Step Three

While the rice cooks, combine the other piece of kombu, rice vinegar, Aji-Mirin, salt, and sugar in a saucepan on medium low.

Cook until all ingredients come together then set aside.

Step Four

When 5 minutes are left on the natural release, remove the kombu from the vinegar and place the saucepan in ice water in a glass bowl to cool.

Pour the vinegar mixture over the rice and break up the rice gently with your wooden spoon or rice paddle to distribute the vinegar evenly. Once cooled to room temperature, your sushi rice is ready to use.

I hope you agree that this Instant Pot recipe for white sushi rice has the perfect sticky texture.

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Recipe Tips

  • Do not soak the rice before you cook it, as it can become waterlogged and mushy. The rice is fragile, so handle with care to avoid breaking the grain.
  • Sushi rice is best used right away. Leftover rice can be stored 3-5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but the rice will be drier than when consumed fresh.
  • Don’t stir the rice too much with the paddle or it will become mushy.
  • Wait until the rice is cool before using it to make sushi or it can cause the rice to get mushy.
  • This rice is perfect for making your own homemade sushi rolls. See this related article, “Is Sushi Gluten-Free?

Recipe FAQs

What is kombu?

Kombu is a kelp used in Japanese cuisine. It comes dried in a sheet format.

What is Aji-Mirin?

Aji-Mirin is a sweet and syrupy condiment used in Japanese cooking. It contains between 8-14% alcohol. You can also buy alcohol-free versions.

Can I use other types of rice for sushi rolls?

Yes, but they may not be as sticky. In a pinch, you can use arborio rice but sushi rice is always recommended for your homemade sushi rice.

Can I use the rice setting on the Instant Pot?

Yes but you need to adjust the cook time to just one minute.

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More Instant Pot Rice Recipes You Might Like

  • Instant Pot White Basmati Rice
  • Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos
  • Instant Pot Coconut Rice
  • Instant Pot Wild Rice
  • Instant Pot Yellow Rice

Or, see all of my healthy Instant Pot recipes.

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Instant Pot Sushi Recipe (Authentic)

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Instant Pot Sushi Rice is the perfect sticky rice for making homemade sushi. The pressure cooker makes the process simple. This recipe includes traditional methods and ingredients for the ideal outcome.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

UnitsScale

  • 1 cup short grain rice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 2×2-inch pieces kombu seaweed, broken in half
  • 3 Tablespoons unseasoned Japanese rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Aji-Mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Rinse sushi rice gently in a mesh strainer placed in a bowl swirling the rice with your fingers. Repeat till water is clear; up to 7-8 times.
  2. Let rice drain well in a mesh strainer.
  3. Prepare the kombu by wiping carefully with a moist towel. Do not remove the white coating as this provides all the delicious flavor.
  4. Add Rice to Instant Pot with water and one piece of the kombu. Ensure all the rice is covered with water. Add the cover and set to Sealing. Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 0 minutes or 1 minute if your Instant Pot does not have 0 minutes option.
  5. It will take approximately 10 minutes for pressure to be reached. Once the cooking time is up, use the natural release method for 20 minutes. Turn venting knob to vent to release any remaining pressure. Remove lid carefully and place aside. Gently transfer rice to a non-metal bowl.
  6. While the rice is cooking, place the other piece of kombu in a saucepan and combine with the rice vinegar, Aji-Mirin, salt and sugar. Heat on medium-low heat until all ingredients come together. Do not boil. Set aside to cool.
  7. When 5 minutes are remaining on the natural release, remove the kombu from the vinegar mixture and place the saucepan in ice water to cool.
  8. Pour the vinegar mixture over the rice making sure to cover all the rice. Using a flat spoon or rice paddle to pour the vinegar mixture onto can help distribute the rice evenly when pouring. Break up the rice gently by using a cutting motion at a 45 degree angle with your rice paddle to distribute all the vinegar mixture over the rice and use a piece of cardboard or a magazine to fan the rice and speed cooling. You could also use a small fan to cool the rice.
  9. Once cooled to room temperature, your sushi rice is ready to use or serve. If not using immediately, cover bowl with a damp towel to keep rice moist.

Notes

  1. Do not soak the rice, it will become waterlogged and mushy. The rice is fragile so handle with care to avoid breaking the grain.
  2. Sushi rice is best used right away. It can be stored 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Rice will be drier than when consumed fresh.
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegan

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • Calories: 135
  • Sugar: 3.2 g
  • Sodium: 211.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.7 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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