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Instant Pot Sushi Rice

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Instant Pot Sushi Rice Recipe

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!

The Process

Instant Pot Sushi Rice Recipe | The Foodie Eats

In a fine mesh strainer – Rinse rice under running water for about 2 minutes, Then let dry for a few minutes.

 

Instant Pot Sushi Rice Recipe | The Foodie Eats

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.

 

Instant Pot Sushi Rice Recipe | The Foodie Eats

Meanwhile, in a small bowl – combine white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt, and sugar. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir until completely dissolved.

 

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Transfer rice to glass dish.

 

Instant Pot Sushi Rice Recipe | The Foodie Eats

Add vinegar mixture to cooked rice.

 

Instant Pot Sushi Rice Recipe | The Foodie Eats

Then using a wooden spoon, gently mix well to combine.

 

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Instant Pot Sushi Rice

A fool-proof method for perfect sushi rice every time.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 123 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a fine mesh strainer - Rinse rice under running water for about 2 minutes, Then let dry for a few minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl - combine white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt, and sugar. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Transfer rice to glass dish. Then using a wooden spoon, gently add vinegar mixture and mix well to combine.
  5. Let cool, the use in your favorite rolls. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sushi Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123
% Daily Value*
Sodium 242mg 10%
Potassium 35mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Erich Schneider
    December 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I didn’t think this rice recipe would taste good as I was mixing the white wine vinegar and rice vinegar because of the strong smell. I was pleasantly surprised after making and tasting the sushi I made with this rice. It was very good.

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      December 3, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for the feedback. And glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Amy
    January 14, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    This is flavorful and easy. I was a little hesitant as it seemed to use more vinegar and salt than I would usually throw in, but it was great. I say throw in as I don’t usually use a recipe but wanted to double check times and method because I was using my new Instant Pot. Next time I’ll follow this recipe again. I’m enjoying it as the base for my sushi bowl while my daughter is rolling hers now.

  • Reply
    Jess
    January 27, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I never knew sushi rice could be so easy. I was too scared to use the whole bowl of the vinegar mix, so I only used about 3/4 of it. Tasted great!

  • Reply
    Ana Cadena
    January 30, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you! This was yummy! I For me about ⅔ the sugar in general and ⅔ the vinegar I used today, maybe no change to the salt. Very tasty, great texture. I halved the recipe at 10 min Low Pressure, with a 10 minute release. I’m using the 8qt IP. I would shorten the natural release to 7 minutes next time.

  • Reply
    Evelyn
    February 10, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    If I’m making double the rice, do I still cook it for 12 mins?

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      February 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Yes

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    February 11, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Could I substitute white balsamic vinegar for the white wine vinegar? I just got home from the grocery store and overlooked the need to buy white wine vinegar. Oy!

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      February 11, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      I guess it’s worth a try. At least if it doesn’t work, it’s not really that expensive.

  • Reply
    Chelsea
    February 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I don’t have white wine vinegar, can I just use double rice vinegar?

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      February 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Hmmm… I’m not sure about that.

  • Reply
    Tawny
    February 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Perfect sushi rice! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      February 16, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Brad
    February 18, 2018 at 9:40 am

    I’ve cooked professionally for over 20 years and sushi rice has always been something I’ve had a hard time with. I’ve gotten it right as much as I’ve gotten it wrong. This recipe was SUPER easy and the rice came out perfectly!!!!!

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      February 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for your feedback! And so glad you like the recipe.

  • Reply
    James
    February 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Ever tried this with brown rice? Can brown rice work as sushi rice, or will it not get sticky?

    • Reply
      James
      February 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Nevermind, Bulk Barn has the sticky rice apparently.

      Question: Why is the pot-in-pot method necessary? What is it about the perfect sticky rice that makes pot-in-pot necessary?

      • Reply
        Chef Gary
        February 28, 2018 at 3:32 pm

        I find that cooking rice in the Instant Pot is the easiest way to cook rice. I find it even more consistent than our rice cooker, which we eventually got rid of. The more methods I find that can take out the guesswork makes me happy.

    • Reply
      James
      February 27, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      And is the white wine vinegar / rice vinegar / sugar / salt mixture necessary for the rice to be sticky enough, or is it just for flavor?

      • Reply
        Chef Gary
        February 28, 2018 at 3:33 pm

        The vinegar mixture has nothing to do with the stickiness of the rice. It’s for flavor only. The stickiness of the rice comes from using short grains and rinsing it well before cooking.

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      February 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      I’ve never tried this method with brown rice, but now I am curious. I have, however, had sushi rolls made with brown rice. Not bad, but let’s be honest, it’s not white rice either.

  • Reply
    James
    March 3, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Ok so I just made the sushi rice without using any of the additives like vinegar, but following all the timing and rinsing directions. It came out absolutely perfectly.

    Thanks for this Chef Gary!

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      March 6, 2018 at 10:19 am

      You got it! I’m glad you gave it a shot and shared how it came out. We really appreciate your feedback!

  • Reply
    Matt
    April 14, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you. I’ve always been hesitant to attempt to make sushi rice but this turned out perfectly. That vinegar mix is very pungent on its own but delicious when mixed with the rice.

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