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Top down shot of the corner of a baking dish filled with instant pot sushi rice with a bamboo paddle sticking out.

Instant Pot Sushi Rice

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 9 cups
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired


Instant Pot Sushi Rice – a simple, easy recipe for Instant Pot Sushi Rice that is perfect for making homemade sushi, hand rolls + poke bowls!



IP Sushi Rice

  • 3 cups uncooked short grain sushi rice
  • 3 cups water

Sushi Vinegar:

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (unflavored)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Place sushi rice in a medium-sized bowl. Fill with enough water to cover the rice. Use your hand to move the rice around until the water becomes cloudy.  Drain and continue to repeat this process until the water becomes clear (it takes a bit of time and the water doesn’t need to be 100% clear). 
  2. Add drained rice and water to Instant Pot. Stir and then place cover on top ensuring vent is set to Seal. 
  3. Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes. Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Quick release remaining pressure. 
  4. Meanwhile, combine the Sushi Vinegar ingredients in a mixing bowl or large measuring cup with a spout; set aside.
  5. Open Instant Pot and fluff rice with a fork. Transfer rice into a deep baking sheet. 
  6. Using a rice paddle or wooden spoon begin slicing through and gently folding in the sushi vinegar as you slowly pour it evenly over the sushi rice. Continue gently folding the rice (you don’t want to mix or stir it in as it can squash the grains) until the sushi vinegar is combined. 
  7. Continue to let the sushi rice cool until it comes down to room temperature; do not refrigerate before use. 
  8. To keep the rice moist simply cover it with a damp cloth. 
  9. Use in your favorite sushi recipes or poke bowls (here is a tutorial on how to make sushi at home)!


  • *Water: if you like your rice texture to be more on the softer side add an additional 1/4 cup water. If you like a more firm rice texture, use the 3 cups listed.