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Instant Pot Sushi Rice

Jun 7, 10:32 PM

You know how you’re looking for a recipe, and you find one, but the author goes on and on and on, and you’re just looking for the ingredients? I have a story to tell, but I’m going to give you the recipe first.

Instant Pot Sushi Rice

(makes enough for about 3 or 4 rolls, double it if you plan to make more)
1 cup short grain brown rice
1 3/4 cup water
1 Tb rice vinegar
1 Tb agave nectar
3 dashes of salt

Dump it all in the cooker, stir, cook for 22 minutes, natural release for 15 minutes. It’ll come out a bit on the wet side, that’s OK. Put it in a lidded glass container (I have a Pyrex bowl that’s perfect for this). Pop it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour, it’ll be ready to use soon.

It’s OK to refrigerate it and use as needed, I estimate it’ll keep about 3 days. Ha, fat chance, you’ll burn through this so fast. When you want to use it for sushi, scoop out enough for however many rolls you want to make into a microwave-safe bowl, and nuke it for 45 seconds. Maybe splash a bit of rice vinegar on it before or after nuking, up to you, I don’t.

Story time

Many years ago, at a training in Michigan, I met someone who told me her husband makes sushi for lunch ever day, a habit he had acquired as a child. For years this has stuck with me, the idea of being able to casually make sushi for lunch. Easy enough for even a kid to do it. Today, I tried to “wing it” and make sushi with leftover brown rice, for my daughter for her school lunch. Suffice to say, it turned into a “sushi burrito” because the rice was not the right consistency. So, I went looking for an Instant Pot sushi rice recipe, and found one, here. Then, I thought, I should see if I can actually refrigerate sushi rice and re-use it. Turns out, you can. You have to dig through the responses until you find one that says you can. I know, this is probably an abomination, but I don’t care, I just want a way to make sushi every day. And I’m here to tell you, I think this recipe is what it’ll take to do it. I made two rolls for my oldest, a surly teen with a voracious appetite. It was really fun to be able to make one roll after another, until he declared himself full.