Sushi rice has never been easier! With delicious seasoning, this sushi rice has the perfect sticky texture for making sushi rolls or poke bowls.
Originally posted November 16, 2017; Updated tips and FAQ’s on October 22, 2019.
There are few foods that have me doing the happy dance as much as sushi rolls. But let me tell you, it can be an expensive habit! So over the past year and a half, I’ve been learning and trying to perfect making it at home. And little did I know that the key is the rice! So when you combine this new mission with my slight obsession with my Instant Pot, you get this perfect Instant Pot sushi rice recipe! I’m very happy about it.
Why Use the Instant Pot for This?
There’s a simple reason I prefer using the Instant Pot for rice: consistency! We actually got rid of our rice cooker once we discovered how perfectly the IP cooked rice each and every time. And any kitchen that can take away the guesswork gets my vote.
I Know… It Seems Like a Lot of Vinegar
I wasn’t surprised at how many comments we received about how much vinegar is called for in this recipe. I also wasn’t surprised at the response after people gave it a try! It may seem like a lot, but trust me on this… It creates an amazing flavor! And I think it’s some of the best sushi rice I’ve ever tasted. Try it!
And This is the Amazing Result…
Tips For Making This Instant Pot Sushi Rice
Don’t be tempted to skip the rinsing step. Make sure to rinse your rice until the water runs clear. Likewise, let the rice dry for at least two minutes after rinsing. If it’s still dripping water, let it dry for two more minutes.
Why does it say to use a glass bowl and wooden spoon when mixing? Can’t I use metal? We choose to play it safe by using a wooden spoon and a glass bowl. From our research we’ve found that metal spoons are more likely to damage the rice. There are different opinions on why metal bowls shouldn’t be used. One is that aluminum may impact the taste of the rice. Another is that metal bowls heat more rapidly when in contact with hot rice, changing the consistency. A third is that the vinegar may react with some metals.
Does it really need that much vinegar? It may seem like a lot, but trust me on this… It creates an amazing flavor! And I think it’s some of the best sushi rice I’ve ever tasted.
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Instant Pot Sushi Rice
- 2 cups short-grain Japanese rice
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- In a fine mesh strainer - Rinse rice under running water for about 2 minutes, Then let dry for a few minutes.
- Add rice and water to Instant Pot and use rice setting - low pressure for 12 minutes. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to naturally release - about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl - combine white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt, and sugar. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir until completely dissolved.
- Transfer rice to glass dish. Then using a wooden spoon, add vinegar mixture and gently mix well to combine.
- Let cool, then use in your favorite rolls. Enjoy!
More Instant Pot Rice Recipes:
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- Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice with Fresh Herbs
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