Sushi Rice in the Pressure Cooker

Make super-sticky sushi rice in your pressure cooker in just minutes!  While the rice is pressure cooking you can prep the sushi fillings.  This video features my son Vittorio showing you how to pressure cook sushi rice and make sushi rolls.

Vittorio making sushi with rice that was pressure cooked.
Vittorio making sushi with rice that was pressure cooked.

If my 10-year old son, Vittorio, can do it.  You can do it.  It’s easy!

Although sushi is traditionally made with raw fish from experts who have trained years, you can still make a decent roll at home using cooked or smoked fish with the help of a sushi kit (see bottom for links), your pressure cooker, and a few tips from Vittorio.

Our sushi kit contains everything needed to make sushi, except for the fresh ingredients (carrots, cucumbers and seafood).

I’ve found this type of rice finicky to pressure cook. It can easily come out over- or under-done.  Using a variation of the 10-Minute Natural Release ensures that the rice plumps fully, yet cools down  quickly for sushi-making.  The “5-Minute Natural Release” is just like the 10-Minute – the only difference is that you count 5 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.

Vito-san’s Sushi-making Tips

  • Rinse the rice before cooking until the water that comes out of the strainer is no longer cloudy
  • Measure the rice and cooking water carefully
  • Stir and handle the cooked rice as delicately as possible
  • Cool the cooked sushi rice by spreading in an even layer in a wooden bowl or cutting-board
  • Slice fresh vegetables for filling into long thin, even strips – use avocado, fresh tomatoes, even peppers
  • Layout nonlinear ingredients in a rectangular shape (see cocktail shrimp in video)
  • Use cooked, smoked or pickled fish for filling – only experts should be purchasing and handling raw fish
  • Make more than you think you’ll need, they disappear as quickly!

Now, the recipe..

Pressure Cooker Accessories Pr. Cook Time Pr. Level Open
3 L or larger  none 7 min. High(2) 5-Min Natural

3.0 from 5 reviews
Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice
Nutritional Information
(per serving)
  • Serves: about 18 sushi pieces
  • Serving size: ¼th
  • Calories: 188.7
  • TOTAL Fat: 0.0g
  • TOTAL Carbs: 44.8g
  • Sugar Carbs: 0.8g
  • Sodium: 7.5mg
  • Fiber Carbs: 0.0g
  • Protein: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Recipe type: pressure cooker
Cuisine: japanese
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
1 cup of sushi rice will make approximately three rolls of nori - which makes about 18 pieces of sushi. Our sushi kit came with 1½ cups of rice, so adjust the quantities in this basic recipe accordingly.
  • 1 cup (200g) sushi rice
  • 1½ cups (375ml) water
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and a pinch of sugar)
  1. Rinse the sushi rice well, rubbing it around in the strainer as the water passes through. Rinse until the water runs clear (about 3 minutes).
  2. To the pressure cooker add the rinsed rice and water and mix to evenly distribute the rice.
  3. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
  4. Electric pressure cookers: Cook for 7 minutes at high pressure.
    Stovetop pressure cookers: Turn the heat up to high and when the cooker indicates it has reached high pressure, lower to the heat to maintain it and begin counting 7 minutes pressure cooking time.
  5. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the 5-Minute Natural release.
    Electric pressure cookers: When cooking time is up, count 5 minutes of Natural pressure release. Then, release the rest of the pressure slowly using the valve.
    Stovetop pressure cookers: Move the cooker off the hot burner and count 5 minutes of Natural pressure release. Even if all of the pressure is naturally released before the 5 minutes are up keep the lid closed the entire time. Otherwise, release any remaining pressure slowly using the valve.
  6. Stir- the rice-wine vinegar into the rice handling it delicately without over-working it..
  7. Tumble the rice into a large wooden bowl or wooden cutting board and smooth-out into an even layer.
  8. Let cool for about 10 minutes, and it's ready to be used to make sushi!
To make sushi:
  1. Watch the video to see a sushi-making demonstration..
  2. Line-up the rolling mat and the sheet of noiri.
  3. Spread rice to the left and right edges leaving a finger-width space at the top and the bottom of the nori without rice (this will help it stick closed),
  4. Arrange the ingredients in the middle of the rice in a horizontal line to the edges - if the ingredients are not straight, arrange them so that the width is the same all the way across the roll.
  5. Lift the bottom edge of the nori with the rolling mat, and tuck the nori into the rice to start the roll.
  6. Delicately but firmly and evenly roll the nori closed.
  7. If the nori doesn't close- run some water on one edge to "glue" it closed.
  8. Slice off and remove the ends (and eat them, they're the cook's treat ; )
  9. Slice in thick slices, about six pieces per roll.
  10. Serve immediately or place on platter and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to a day before serving.

Sushi Rice in the Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker SUSHI Rice Instructions & VIDEO! Pressure Cooker SUSHI Rice Instructions & VIDEO!


Visit your International grocery store to purchase a sushi kit, or you can get the same one we used in the video, right  here:

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  1. Your recipe says to cook on high pressure for seven minutes. But in the video your son presses steam instead. Do both functions work similarly?

    1. The pressure cooker we use in the video works the same whether you push “steam” or “manual” mode -they both operate at high pressure.



  2. Really enjoyed this demo.
    Bravo Vittorio you did a very good job making the sushi! They looked delicious!

  3. There are a very few things that intimidate me in the kitchen. But pressure cooking and making sushi are two that I have always been afraid to tackle! Thank you, Vittorio for doing such a fine and fearless job tackling both of these in one well done video! I am going to try to make sushi for my family this weekend and I am going to pull out my pressure cooker to make the sushi rice just the way you demonstrated! You and your mom should be on FoodTV. You’re very good teachers and entertaining too.
    Thank you!

    1. Thanks, Cindy! Be sure to come back to post a picture of your sushi! Vittorio and I would love to see how it turns out for you. When you first start not every roll will come out perfect but, don’t worry, they will still be edible. ; )



  4. I love ❤️ the videos and explanations.
    keep it up your the master at the IP


    1. Thank you Valérie! How did your sushi turn out?



  5. How about brown rice?

  6. Can this recipe be doubled or tripled?

    1. Yes. PROVIDED you do not go over the fill line on your pressure cooker. This will be half full as it is a grain.

  7. Mine was still full of water after following instructions, what did I do wrong??

    1. Without having watched you make it, it is a bit hard to say. But about the only things I can think of are:
      1. You didn’t discard the rinsing water.
      2. You added too much water.
      3. You forgot to turn it on. (I doubt it but it IS a possibility!)
      4. You didn’t lock the lid so it didn’t cook at pressure.
      5. And just to be complete: you forgot to add the rice.

  8. Big fat no. The rice is a soggy mess!! Too much water AND too much time. Tossing this batch out and going back to the regular white rice water/time amounts.

    1. I also found this–it was a glutenous glob. Way too much water!

  9. This was sooo great! Thank you for posting this. I don’t know what the nay-sayers did wrong, but my rice has been perfect with this method (3 times now) and so much faster!

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Sarah!! Vito will be thrilled.



  10. Please teach Vittorio how to use a knife properly and safely … fingers tucked under … knife against knuckles.

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