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Instant Pot Sushi Rice

This post shows you exactly how to make perfect Instant Pot sushi rice with step by step photos and a video tutorial. This foolproof method results in perfectly sticky sushi rice every time. Use it in sushi rolls, poke bowls, sushi hand rolls, and more!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Time to pressurize + natural pressure release20 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Japanese
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 3 people * note 1
Calories: 235kcal


  • 1 cup sushi rice see note 2
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar see note 3
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Rinse- Rinse sushi rice well in a colander, or by swirling with water, changing the water until it runs clear.
    rinsing sushi rice in colander
  • Combine- In the stainless steel inner pot of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, combine the rice, water and salt.
    ingredients for sushi rice in the instant pot before cooking
  • Cook- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to the 'sealing' position. Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. When the cooking cycle completes, allow for a full natural pressure release (15 minutes).
    instant pot with 5 minutes on the timer
  • Fluff- Add the rice vinegar and sugar, and fluff the rice up with a paddle or fork. Cool before rolling sushi.
    sushi rice in instant pot after cooking



  1. This recipe makes roughly 1.5 cups of cooked rice, which should be enough to serve three people.
  2. Stick to short-grain Japanese sushi rice for best results. If possible, look for "new crop" on the package. Medium grain Japanese sushi rice will also work, but short-grain is preferred.
  3. We used seasoned rice vinegar in testing this recipe.
  • Fridge - let cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 4 days
  • Freeze - cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Serving: 0.5cup; see note 1 | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg