How to Make Sushi Rice in a Rice Cooker

The easiest way to make sushi rice for homemade sushi — in a rice cooker!

How to Make Sushi Rice in a Rice Cooker

Yesterday I posted my how-to for making homemade sushi, and this post is completely dedicated to making the sushi rice.

There is an art to making perfect sushi rice, but I think that’s best left to the sushi chefs who have spent years learning how to make it perfectly. When I make sushi at home, I leave the cooking up to my rice cooker. And as long as you have a somewhat decent rice cooker, the results should definitely be satisfactory!

I have this rice cooker, and at $60 I think it’s a very reasonably priced appliance. I use it a ton and I’m impressed with the rice it turns out.

Making Sushi Rice in a Rice Cooker

To be honest though, I don’t think you even need to spend $60 on a rice cooker to get a decent one, as this one has a lot of extra features that go beyond cooking rice.

Rice Cooker Sushi Rice

To get started, combine rice and water in the rice cooker. I use Nishiki rice, which is easy to find and regarded as a high-quality rice. My Japanese friends say it’s the best!

Sushi Rice in a Rice Cooker

As far as washing goes, I don’t rinse this particular brand of rice. A lot of people are adamant about this, but the directions for Nishiki instruct you to combine the rice with the water as is. You can wash the rice if you feel more comfortable.

While the rice cooks, all you need to finish it up is some seasoned rice vinegar. If you google sushi rice, you’ll see that most recipes call for rice vinegar, salt, and sugar, then you dissolve them together and season the rice with it.

Buying rice vinegar with the salt and sugar already in it takes that step away, so that’s why I keep this on hand:

Sushi Rice for Homemade Sushi

For the 1.5 cups of uncooked rice that we used, about 1/4 cup of the rice vinegar is ideal. Add it to the rice:

How to make Sushi Rice

Gently toss the rice around to further distribute the rice vinegar, trying not to mash or flatten the rice:

Make Sushi Rice in a Rice Cooker

Then it’s ready to be used for homemade sushi. Enjoy!

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Rice Cooker Sushi Rice

How to make sushi rice in a rice cooker, to use for homemade sushi.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword sushi rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 (Enough rice for about 6 rolls)
Calories 178kcal


  • 1.5 cups sushi rice (I use Nishiki)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar (I use Marukan)


  • Place the rice and water into a rice cooker. Cook the rice according to the “white rice” setting on the rice cooker.
  • When the rice has finished cooking, evenly pour the seasoned rice vinegar all over the rice. Toss the rice around to further distribute the rice vinegar, taking care to be gentle, and not mash the rice.
  • It is now ready to be used for sushi. Here’s my post on homemade sushi.


I don’t wash the rice before cooking. I know some people are adamant about washing the rice beforehand, but the brand I use specifies to combine the rice with the water as is. You can wash the rice if you prefer.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 3mg

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