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How to Make Sushi Rice

Learn How to Make Sushi Rice with short-grain Japanese or California rice, rice vinegar, and a little bit of sugar for sushi rolls or sushi bowls.  This easy sushi rice recipe can be made on the stovetop, in a rice cooker, or in the Instant Pot.

Course Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 282 kcal
Author London


  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt


  1. Place sushi rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse rice under running water for 2-3 minutes, or until water runs clear.

  2. Choose from one of these 3 methods for cooking:

  3. Stovetop: Bring water and rice to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid, and simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. Rice Cooker: Add rinsed rice and water to a rice cooker and cook on a white rice setting.

  5. Instant Pot: Add rice and water to Instant Pot and cook on low pressure for 12 minutes.  Let Instant Pot release pressure naturally.

  6. In a separate small saucepan combine vinegar, oil, sugar, and salt over medium heat. Whisk until sugar and salt have dissolved, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Combine cooked rice and sugar-vinegar mixture and toss until rice is well coated. (It will be slightly wet but will dry out as it cools.)

  8. Use to make rolls or serve it up in a vegetarian sushi bowl.

Recipe Notes

  • 1 serving is roughly 1 cup of cooked rice.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Sushi Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 170mg7%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.