Whether you want to make sushi bowls or sushi rolls, you’ll love this super simple recipe for Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice!
The main thing that has always held me back from making my own sushi at home wasn’t the actual making of the sushi rolls. It was making the rice. Once I figured out how to make Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice, that all changed. This recipe is so easy, and you can use brown or white sushi rice!
How to Use Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice
There are lots of fun things you can make with your Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice!
- Sushi Rolls – Duh, right? I’ll have a recipe for Kale Salad Sushi rolls that you make crunchy in the air fryer, which may be my new favorite kind of sushi! The video for that recipe is ready, but the post won’t be up for a little while.
- Sushi Bowls – We eat soooo many sushi bowls in this house! Pile on the rice, top with sliced sheets of nori, avocado, green onion, and edamame or your favorite tofu.
- Onigiri – These are balls of sushi rice, stuffed with deliciousness, and finished off with a piece of seaweed. Vegetarian Times has a recipe to get you started. You can really stuff it with anything, so get creative!
- Spring Rolls – Sweet, sticky sushi rice is a tasty addition to your favorite spring roll recipe.
- Sushi Burgers – Sushi rice is the “bun” for this super fun sushi-themed sandwich situation.
Making Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice
Making sushi rice on the stovetop doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming, but it’s even quicker and easier in the pressure cooker. Just toss your rice and seasoning ingredients into the pot, bring to pressure, and you’re good to go.
My family prefers white rice to brown, and for a long time, I worried that I was making an unhealthy choice for my guys. Jordyn Cormier at Care2 argues that if you’re eating an otherwise healthy meal, though, white rice is really just fine. Sure, brown rice has more protein and fiber, but that doesn’t mean that white rice is bad for you. Brown rice is just better.
Of course, if you want to make brown rice sushi, go for it! I love brown rice in my sushi, I’m just outnumbered by white rice-lovers. Brown rice adds a nuttiness and chewiness that I find really satisfying, especially in a spicy sushi roll. Do what appeals to you (or to the majority of your family)!
The instructions below for Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice include directions for brown or white rice. You can also combine brown and white, and I have directions for that, too.
Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice
The cooking time listed for this Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice is for white rice, the type my family prefers in our sushi, and it includes the 10 minute natural pressure release. The total time for brown rice or a rice blend is 37 minutes, since it cooks longer in the pressure cooker.
- 1 1/2 cups short grain white rice OR 1 cup short grain brown rice OR a mix of 3/4 cup short grain white rice and 1/2 cup short grain brown rice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
Combine the rice, water, vinegar, and agave nectar in your pressure cooker pot. Stir to combine.
For white rice: Cook at high pressure for 3 minutes, then do a natural release (10-15 minutes).
For brown rice: Stir in an extra 1/4 cup of water, then cook at high pressure for 22 minutes, then do a natural release (10-15 minutes).
For a brown-white mix: Cook at high pressure for 22 minutes, then do a natural release (10-15 minutes).
Calorie information is for white rice, since that's the most popular.