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Instant Pot Sushi Rice. Learn How to Make It & 6 Reasons You Need This Fantastic Recipe.

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If you enjoy making sushi at home, you have to try this Instant Pot sushi rice. Learn how to make sticky rice in your pressure cooker.

This homemade sushi at home doesn't have to be hard. Grab your ingredients, and create Japanese sushi for a dinner night at home the whole family can enjoy.

sushi rice in a bowl

Why I recommend Making Instant Pot Sushi Rice...

  • Easy
  • Hands-off cooking
  • Perfectly cooked sticky rice
  • Affordable
  • Create your favorite sushi at home
  • Restaurant quality
ingredients for sushi rice on table


How to Make

Full directions on how to make this sushi instant pot rice are in the recipe card.

Start by adding the sushi rice, water, and salt into the Instant Pot. Place the lid on and make sure it is set to sealing.

Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes and a natural release of 10 minutes.

Drizzle with rice vinegar and enjoy the perfect sushi rice.

Check out all our rice recipes.

platter with sushi on it


If you happen to have leftover rice, you will want to allow it to cool a bit then store in an airtight container. Place in the fridge and store for 3-4 days.

The rice will dry out a bit as it sits, so if you need add a little water to help soften it up.

red bowl with sushi rice on counter

Recipe FAQs

What is sushi rice?

Sushi rice is just steamed rice that is seasoned with vinegar-based seasonings. This is what makes sushi stand out in flavor.

What type of rice should I use for sushi rice?

You need to reach for a short grain rice. You can actually buy sushi rice that is dried at the store that you will cook at home.

Why is my sushi rice mushy?

Over-cooking and having too much liquid to rice ratio is the cause of mushy rice. You want your rice to be sticky to the touch. But not mushy.

Why do you add vinegar seasoning to sushi rice?

Vinegar is traditional when it comes to being used in sushi. It will add a nice sour taste that compliments the fish and other ingredients you choose to make.

Why use a wooden spoon or when stirring rice?

Use wooden spoons for mixing up the rice, as it will not hurt the rice. You will find that if you use a metal spoon it can break down the rice.

How to Make a Sushi Bowl

Want to use this rice to make a sushi bowl? I have a few ingredients and tips on how to make a delicious sushi bowl at home.

Topping ideas: Edamame, shredded carrots, cabbage, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, tofu, etc.

How to make: You can add your rice in a bowl, top with all your favorite toppings, sauce, and eat a sushi bowl that tastes like your favorite wrapped sushi.

More Instant Pot Rice Recipes

Yield: 4

Instant Pot Sushi Rice

sushi on wooden board

Learn how to make Instant Pot Sushi Rice in your pressure cooker. A quick and easy pressure cooker sushi rice to pair with sushi at home. This sushi rice takes minimal ingredients and time to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup sushi rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar


  1. Add sushi rice, water, and salt to instant pot and stir. Just stir enough to incorporate the ingredients.
  2. Next you will put the lid on Instant pot, then make sure valve is set to “sealing”
  3. Pressure cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Once done, allow for a 10 minute natural pressure release before venting the remaining steam off.
  4. Drizzle vinegar over the rice, then gently stir. Be cautious as it will become mushy if you over mix.
  5. Allow the sushi rice to cool slightly before serving or making nori rolls


Make sushi rolls, sushi bowl, etc.

Store any leftover rice in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 61Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 339mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 1g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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