Homemade Sushi Rice + Sushi Vinegar

Perfectly sticky Homemade Sushi Rice is easily made at home when you follow these simple techniques. This recipe can be made in an electric rice cooker, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop.




  1. Measure the sushi rice into a fine mesh sieve and rinse under cold water for several minutes, tossing and stirring the rice until water runs clear. Do not skip this step as it is important for helping the rice to be sticky.
  2. Combine the rinsed rice and the water in the pot of a rice cooker or Instant Pot pressure cooker. Seal lid and cook according to the cooker’s rice settings. Let rest 10 minutes before opening lid. If using stovetop– Combine rinsed rice and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low, cooking for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and let rest 10 minutes. 
  3. While rice is cooking, prepare the vinegar. In a small saucepan, combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Heat over medium-low heat until sugar and salt have dissolved, about 1 minute. Set aside. 
  4. Transfer the rested rice to a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 2/3 of the vinegar mixture over the rice and gently turn rice until coated. Using a silicone spatula or a rice paddle works well for this. Once rice is coated thoroughly, taste and add more vinegar as desired. Spread rice out in the pan and let cool to room temperature before using to make sushi rolls.
  5. Enjoy!


This recipe yields enough rice for 5 generous sized sushi rolls.