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This failproof Instant Pot sushi rice is an easy recipe that won’t let you down when you need perfectly cooked rice for sushi rolls. We also show you step-by-step how to make maki and uramaki sushi rolls, effortlessly.

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We still can’t believe we make our own homemade sushi feasts.

And, that it’s possible to enjoy sushi rolls in the comfort of your own home, within the time that it likely takes to commute to and from a restaurant and wait for your order.

Not to mention, the massive cost savings alone makes it well worth the effort.

Plus, with the help of a trusty Instant Pot, this recipe for failproof sushi rice couldn’t be any simpler.

It’s so much fun to make up a big batch of sushi rice, roll up eight favorite sushi rolls and have an amazing dinner plus leftovers for lunch the next day.

It’s really quite easy to do, once you’ve got perfectly cooked sushi rice.

Then, your options are limitless for the kinds of sushi you can create.

You can make classics like California roll, cucumber roll, Alaska roll, shrimp tempura roll, spicy tuna roll, spider roll, Philadelphia roll, you name it!

With enough sushi rice for eight rolls you can satisfy all of your sushi cravings!

And, if you like, you can choose to prepare your own unique rolls.

We were inspired during a recent IKEA trip to make some sushi rolls using seafood ingredients that we had picked up there. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with all of the amazing seafood IKEA has to offer, read on.

We made three kinds of smoked salmon sushi rolls from SJÖRAPPORT cured cold smoked salmon (gravad lax or gravlax in Swedish) that we purchased at IKEA supermarket.

The first was a maki roll (rice on the inside), the second an uramaki roll (rice on the outside) and lastly, a creamy sushi roll filled with smoked salmon salad.

Plus, it was so easy to prepare flavorful sushi rolls with canned fish (tuna, salmon and crabmeat) as well as another roll made with cold water shrimp (also purchased at IKEA supermarket).

You can mix and match your favorite veggies, cream cheese, avocado and other ingredients and toppings that you love.

And don’t forget to serve the sushi rolls with a drizzle of this irrisisitible homemade sriracha sushi dipping sauce without mayo. Use a sauce bottle with thin tip to make the lines over top of the sushi.

spicy canned tuna sushi roll uramaki top down made with failproof instant pot sushi rice

It’s a healthier take on the spicy mayo that is typically served with sushi.

But, this spicy dip sauce is still so rich and creamy so that you won’t even notice the mayo is missing!

spicy sriracha sushi dipping sauce without mayo recipe serve with failproof instant pot sushi rice

Garnish your sushi rolls with sesame seeds and caviar or fish roe substitute called seaweed pearls that you can purchase at IKEA’s Supermarket.

shrimp sushi roll uramaki recipe with failproof instant pot sushi rice

You can make any type of sushi you like, with various ingredients, and they all pretty much follow the same process we’ve outlined in our sushi recipes.

You’ll love to make your own failproof sushi rice at home as well as the cost savings as opposed to dining out.

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Ingredients In Failproof Instant Pot Sushi Rice

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  • Sushi Rice — we use two cups of sticky rice in this recipe.
  • Water in the Proper Ratio — It is very important to use the specific amount of water. We use two and a third cups (2⅓ cups) water for two cups of sticky rice.
  • Rice Vinegar — seasoned rice vinegar, but if you prefer you can use unseasoned rice vinegar.
  • Salt — Himalayan pink salt, ground

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How To Make Failproof Instant Pot Sushi Rice

There are a couple of super easy steps in this recipe.

In a nutshell, it’s rinse the rice and add to Instant Pot with the proper amount of water and salt.

Start the Instant Pot and cook. Once the cook cycle is complete, fluff the rice and mix in the rice vinegar. Stir the rice to ensure the rice vinegar is mixed well throughout.

STEP 1: Rinse the Sushi Rice

Rinse the uncooked sushi rice until the water that runs off is clear. Drain the rice.

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STEP 2: Add Sushi Rice To Instant Pot

Place the rinsed and drained sushi rice in the Instant Pot.

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STEP 3: Add Water

Add water and secure the lid. Move the pressure valve to sealing and pressure cook for 10 minutes on HIGH pressure and normal temp. Allow for natural pressure release (NPR) for 10 minutes after the pressure cycle is completed.

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STEP 4: Release Remaining Pressure

Quick release the remaining pressure by moving the pressure valve to venting. When the pressure is released and it is safe to do so (pressure pin is completely down), carefully remove the lid.

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STEP 5: Mix The Rice

Use a rice spoon (or wooden spoon) to fluff up the rice. Add the rice vinegar and mix well.

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STEP 6: Transfer and Let Cool

Transfer the cooked and seasoned sushi rice to a glass bowl. Allow it to cool before using it in sushi rolls.

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What To Serve With Failproof Instant Pot Sushi Rice

Failproof Instant Pot sushi is perfect for homemade sushi rolls and sushi bowls.

Along with sushi rolls, serve wasabi, soy sauce, homemade spicy mayo sauce and pickled ginger.

In addition, seaweed salad (wakame) and miso soup make excellent side dishes with sushi.

As part of a larger meal, chicken or beef teriyaki and Japanese potstickers (gyoza) can also be served.

Easy Homemade Sushi Rolls

You can make any of the following sushi rolls, among others, with this recipe. This recipe makes enough sushi rice for eight rolls.

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Easy Homemade Sushi Dinner — Top From Left To Right: Spicy Canned Tuna Roll, Shrimp Roll, Canned Salmon Roll, Gravlax Salmon Maki Roll, Canned Crabmeat Maki Roll, Creamy Gravlax Salmon Roll. Bottom: Gravlax Salmon Uramaki Roll.

Storage Tips For Failproof Instant Pot Sushi Rice

Sushi rice can be stored in your refrigerator for several days without spoiling. However, the texture will change as the rice will harden the longer it is stored.

Sushi is best when enjoyed fresh, and you should try to consume any leftover sushi rolls within a day or two.

Best Uses For Leftover Sushi Rice

After you have made all of the sushi rolls you’d like to have, you might wonder what to do with any leftover sushi rice.

The good news is, there are a number of delicious recipes for leftover sushi rice that will help keep things interesting in the kitchen.

For instance, you can whip up some quick vegetable or chicken fried rice on the stove top.

Other favorites are rice balls, rice cakes, fried rice patties, risottos and even rice pudding!

You’ll find there are endless ways to enjoy your leftover sushi rice besides the obvious sushi rolls and sushi bowl recipes.

The Easiest Way To Roll Sushi With Failproof Instant Pot Sushi Rice

Sushi can sometimes be quite frustrating to make. How many times have you tried to roll sushi, just to have the nori sheet break apart?

And do you find yourself making maki rolls (nori on the outside) all the time, just because the rice will stick to everything but the nori — especially the bamboo mat?

The first couple of times we made sushi, we felt exactly that way.

We avoided making uramaki rolls as there was more rice stuck to the bamboo mat than the actual nori sheet.

And each time we made maki rolls the nori kept breaking when we spread out the rice.

But sushi doesn’t have to be hard, or frustrating to make. If you follow the below instructions you will find yourself making both maki and uramaki rolls effortlessly.

First, cut open a large Ziplock bag to make two sheets of it.

Place one of the sheets on the counter and place half-a-cup of failproof Instant Pot sushi rice on top of it.

Place the second Ziplock sheet on top of the sushi rice.

Then spread out the rice between the Ziplock sheets, evenly and thin, to the size of the nori.

Remove the top Ziplock sheet and place the nori on the rice. If needed, trim the excess rice using a knife.

sushi spreading rice on nori step by step

Depending on whether you want to make a maki roll or an uramaki roll, there are different steps to follow:

To make a maki roll: Turn over the nori, rice and Ziplock sheet so that the sushi rice is on top of the nori. Now, carefully remove the Ziplock sheet so the rice is uncovered. Add the ingredients on top of the rice and roll it up using a bamboo mat.

To make an uramaki roll: Simply add the ingredients on top of the nori and roll it up using a bamboo mat, keeping the Ziplock sheet between the sushi rice and the bamboo mat.

Now that you know how easy it is to make uramaki rolls, you can make them without frustration and with little effort, all the time!

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Make these easy and super convenient spicy canned tuna uramaki rolls!

spicy canned tuna sushi roll uramaki presentation

Served with the perfect sushi condiment:

Spicy Sriracha Sushi Dipping Sauce Without Mayo is big on flavor and much lower in calories and fat than mayo based versions.

spicy sriracha sushi dipping sauce without mayo presentation shown with failproof instant pot sushi rice

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Failproof Instant Pot Sushi Rice

Susan & Björn
An easy recipe to ensure perfectly cooked sushi rice for your sushi rolls. This recipe yields 4 cups of cooked sushi rice, enough for 8 sushi rolls.
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servings8 Sushi Rolls
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Calories 177 kcal
Fiber 1 g
Carbohydrates 38 g

Equipment

1 Instant Pot 6 Quart

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups Sushi Rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2-⅓ cups Water, ratio of water to rice is very important
  • ½ cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt, Himalayan pink salt or regular

Instructions
 

  • Place the sushi rice in a rice strainer (or fine mesh colander) and thoroughly rinse the rice until the water that runs off is clear. Drain the rice until no more water drips off.
    failproof instant pot sushi rice step 1
  • Place the rinsed and drained sushi rice in an Instant Pot.
    failproof instant pot sushi rice step 2
  • Add water and salt and secure the lid. Move the pressure valve to sealing and pressure cook for 10 minutes on HIGH pressure and normal temp. Let naturally pressure release (NPR) for 10 minutes after the pressure cycle is completed.
    failproof instant pot sushi rice step 3
  • Release the remaining pressure by moving the pressure valve to venting. When the pressure is released and it is safe to do so, carefully remove the lid.
    failproof instant pot sushi rice step 4
  • Use a rice spoon (or wooden spoon) to fluff up the rice. Add the rice vinegar and mix well.
    failproof instant pot sushi rice step 5
  • Transfer the cooked and seasoned sushi rice to a glass bowl and let it cool before using it for sushi.
    failproof instant pot sushi rice step 6

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 1g Net Carbohydrates: 37g Protein: 3g Fat: 0.3g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g Sodium: 155mg Potassium: 36mg Sugar: 0.01g Calcium: 8mg Iron: 1mg

Note

The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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