In this post, we share how to make sushi rice using an Instant Pot. It’s an easy way to prepare the perfect base for your favourite sushi rolls or simple rice ball snacks for kids.
Sushi rice is perhaps the most necessary component in a good sushi roll. Not only does it provide bulk and something to soak up the delicious soy sauce you’ll be using, but it keeps things held together. Even the most amateur sushi chef can make a tasty roll at home if they cook their sushi rice right. We all know that sushi can run up quite a bill when eating out, and being able to DIY it can save you big bucks! Plus, it’s a super fun dish for entertaining – especially if you get everyone on board with making their own rolls.
That’s why today, we’re sharing with you how to make sushi rice in the Instant Pot.
What is sushi rice?
Not all rice is created equal. While the Instant Pot does a great job of cooking all different types, you’ll want to make sure your sushi rice comes out with the right consistency and texture. Sushi rice is sometimes called sticky rice. It’s what makes it easy to use when using delicate nori and fish alongside it to create sushi rolls, bowls, and more. It holds together well and takes on the shape of whatever you mould it into.
The first step in making beautiful sushi rice is choosing the right type of rice to craft your recipe with. You should look for short-grain Japanese rice or medium-grain California rice. Most times, you will find rice simply labelled sushi rice. It may also be called Calrose rice. Either option will do the trick! Medium or short-grain rice is preferable because it cooks to a stickier consistency than long-grain rice, which is traditionally fluffier and useful in many other dishes.
How to make sushi rice with Instant Pot
Now, let’s learn how to achieve perfectly pressure cooked sushi rice at home. Fortunately, you’ll only need a couple of ingredients to get started. Later, we’ll share some homemade sushi rice recipe ideas for you to make the most of it – no matter your taste, cravings, or dietary preferences.
- 1 cup of short-grain Japanese rice or medium-grain California rice
- 1.5 cups of water
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar OR 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1-2 tsp. of salt, or to taste
Note: If you use apple cider vinegar, the sugar is more important to balance flavour which is what the addition of vinegar lends to this recipe. You may want to increase the amount to 2 tbsp. if you choose ACV instead of white wine vinegar.
- Begin with short or medium-grain sushi rice. Rinse the excess starch off the rice before cooking while rubbing it through a fine mesh strainer. The water should run clear when the rice is thoroughly washed. Give it a few minutes to dry before beginning to cook.
- Add rice and water to the Instant Pot. As a rule, you want to use a 1:1.5 ratio. So, you’ll use 1.5 cups of water per cup of rice.
- Cook for 7 minutes at high pressure.
- Allow for a natural pressure release for five minutes before releasing steam manually.
- While the rice cooks, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl until blended. Gently heat if needed.
- Blend the mixture into the rice gently, evenly distributing it throughout.
- When the rice is finally done, spread it into an even layer on a wooden cutting board.
- When the rice is sufficiently cooled, you can get to making sushi!
Sushi rice recipes to try
Now what? Well, let’s put your perfectly sticky rice to the test! Here are some of our favourite sushi rice recipes to try at home. P.S. if you don’t have a sushi roller or don’t feel confident in your rolling skills, you can take the easy way out and make ‘hand rolls.’ Simply wrap up your favourite fillings in a sheet of durable nori and roll like an open-ended burrito for a delicious and healthy, low-effort snack.
- California sushi rolls from Taste of Home
- Volcano roll from Peas & Crayons
- Spicy salmon sushi roll from Tatyana’s Everyday Food
- Spicy tuna roll from Just One Cookbook
- Homemade veggie sushi rolls from Catching Seeds
We hope you found this post helpful, and it inspires you to make sushi rice at home. It couldn’t be simpler, more reliable, or more consistent than it is with the Instant Pot! Get creative and share your homemade sushi ideas with us in the comments below.