A glass bowl with cooked sushi rice and a wooden spatula scooping a serving out.

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.

Servings 6 servings
Calories 282 kcal
Author London



  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. Add rinsed rice and water to a medium-sized saucepan or to a rice cooker or Instant Pot.
  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. (Rice will be slightly wet but will dry out as it cools.)
  8. Use sushi rice to make sushi rolls or serve it up in a vegetarian sushi bowl.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Sushi Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.