Instant Pot Sushi Rice. With tested Instant Pot sushi rice water ratio and Instant pot sushi rice cooking time. Perfect and fluffy every time.
Instant Pot Sushi Rice
I learned to cook rice when I was nine years old using small clay pot toys, and I had to start the fire using wood twigs; I cooked rice this way until I was twelve when we got a gas stove.
Here in the US, I am spoiled. I have a rice cooker, three of them in different sizes, and I just pushed the button, and the rice cooked by itself. It is fantastic, and I am thankful.
Since I cannot live without rice, I cook rice every day and eat it three times a day. I have made yummy recipes using cooked rice like this Arroz Caldo, Paella, and Arroz Valenciana. And currently, this simple sushi roll.
Cooked rice is always a staple in Asian cooking. In my household, you will find me cooking rice all the time using a rice cooker. My husband recently gifted me the Instant pot duo, and I have been using it for cooking jasmine rice and this instant pot sushi rice.
We have a great sushi place here in our town, and we frequently go there, but if we give in to our whims, the family will get broke, so I figured out a way to make my sushi similar to theirs, so I worked on my sushi rice. I love their sushi rice since it has just the right amount of tang in it.
I believe good sushi starts with good and perfectly cooked rice, and the tang, sweetness, and saltiness should have a perfect blend. I make my seasoned rice vinegar to adapt the tang according to my liking, and this recipe is my go-to sushi rice vinegar mixture. I have been using this sushi rice recipe whether I was cooking on the stovetop, rice cooker, or instant pot sushi rice.
The sour flavor of the sushi rice comes from the mixture of your choice of vinegar. You can use rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, mirin, or Japanese vinegar, or you can find seasoned rice vinegar from the store.
Why you will love this instant pot sushi rice
- This Instant sushi rice is perfect every time.
- It yields fluffy cooked sushi rice.
- It is quick!
What is Sushi Rice
Sushi Rice is short-grain rice used for making sushi, and it is a type of rice that is slightly sticky yet firm when cooked. Sushi rice, as we know, originated from Japan when the natives had to wrap the fish with fermented rice until it evolved with covering fish with rice seasoned with vinegar.
Is there a difference between Sushi Rice and Regular rice?
- Sushi rice has shorter grain while Jasmine rice has longer grain.
- Sushi rice is more sticky and less starchy when cooked.
- Sushi rice is flavored with vinegar, sugar, and a small salt.
Uses of Sushi Rice
There are several uses of Sushi rice.
- Since I always have a large container of sushi rice at home, I cooked it when I ran out of Jasmine rice for regular meals.
- I use it to make sushi rolls, as you can see in the picture.
- I use it for a Poke bowl.
- As it is similar to any other rice, you can use it in any dish that requires rice in it, like this Spam Kimchi Fried Rice and Spam Kimchi.
What is the water to rice ratio instant pot sushi rice?
- I measured my rice and water in a baking cup, and I found that the rice cooker cups were unreliable, so I used baking cups.
- Place two cups of sushi rice in the instant pot bowl and add two and a half cups of water.
- After preparing the sushi rice, please place it in the inner pot seal. Push the “HI” button. Push the timer to seven minutes. The pressure will start to build up, and when ready, the pressure cooker float bulb will release, and the sushi rice starts cooking. Please refer to my Jasmine Rice Instant post for photo reference.
Should I wash my sushi rice or not?
I do not wash my sushi rice, but if you choose to clean it, wash it two times to remove excess starch and use a fine-mesh strainer to drain excess water. Transfer the washed sushi rice to the bowl and add the correct sushi rice water ration.
Ingredients for instant pot sushi rice
- Two cups of sushi rice
- Two and a half cups of water
Ingredients for Sushi Rice Seasoning
You can buy sushi rice seasoning in the Asian store, but I make my sushi seasoning as it is straightforward, and the ingredients are readily available. Note that this is how I like my sushi rice seasoning. As you mix and add the ingredients, feel free to add or lessen the ingredient ratio. So start gradually.
- One tablespoon of sugar- I used white granulated sugar in this recipe.
- Half tablespoon of Rice wine vinegar – rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, mirin, or Japanese vinegar.
- The fourth teaspoon of salt- you can use rock salt or kosher salt.
I want to emphasize each instant pot is different, and some settings may not be on the instant pot you got. In my case, I am using Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer Lid, 8 Quart. This Instant pot does not have the rice setting, so I am using the pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Sushi Rice Recipe
- Prepare the sushi rice seasoning: Mix the sugar, vinegar, and salt until the sugar and salt dissolve. Set it aside until it is ready to use.
- Cooking Prep: Place 2 cups of Sushi rice in the inner pot. Shake the inner pot a little to level the rice.
- Add 2 1/2 cups of water.
- Cover the pressure cooker lid and ensure the Instant Pot Duo is locked.
- Push the pressure cooker setting on “HI” for seven minutes and push the keep warm button. Push start.
- Cook Time: Cook the Sushi rice for 7 minutes on a High setting. And leave it in keep warm for ten minutes.
- Ensure that pressure is released before opening by flicking the steam release valve and pushing the steam release button.
Sushi Rice Mixture
Remove the inner pot from the instant body and use a wooden spoon to transfer the rice to a large bowl. Add in the prepared sushi rice seasoning. Season according to your liking. Mix until the rice is coated with the mixture. Set aside until ready to use.
- Season the cooked sushi rice when it is hot; this makes the rice seasoning cut through the rice. Adding the sushi rice seasoning when the sushi rice is cold makes it challenging and the rice too salty, sour, or sweet.
- The sushi rice is ready to be rolled when it is slightly cold. Cover the cooked sushi rice with a damp cloth while you wait for it to cool down slightly and make the sushi.
Instant Pot Sushi Rice
- Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer Lid, 8 Quart.
- 2 cups sushi rice
- 2 1/2 cups water
Sushi Rice Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Prepare the sushi rice Seasoning
- Place the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small bowl and mix until the ingredients are dissolved.
Cook the Sushi Rice
- Place two cups of Sushi rice in the inner pot. Shake the pot a little to level the rice.
- Add two and a half cups of water and shake the pot to level the rice.
- Cover using the pressure cooker lid and make sure it’s sealed. Push the pressure cooker setting on high for seven minutes and turn the keep warm on. Push start. Cook Time: Cook the Sushi rice for 7 minutes on a High setting. And leave it in keep warm for ten minutes. Ensure that pressure is released before opening by flicking the steam release valve and pushing the steam release button. Transfer the sushi rice in a large bowl and season the rice while it's hot.
- Let the rice slightly cool before putting it in the nori.
- Cover the sushi rice with a damp cloth while you are making the sushi roll