Instant Pot Japanese rice is the reason I originally bought an electric pressure cooker. My dad is Japanese and growing up we had rice with every meal, even spaghetti. Spaghetti and rice is not a good combo, just in case you were wondering. Anyways, we ALWAYS used a rice cooker so when I got married, I bought a rice cooker and it lasted for years. When it broke, I was trying to find the best rice cooker for making Japanese rice. I came across the electric pressure cooker for making Japanese rice, and wow that search changed how I cook rice and let’s be honest, everything else as well!

Best Instant Pot Japanese Rice Recipe

If you love Japanese steamed rice, here is the best recipe for Japanese rice in the Instant Pot. It’s very simple to do and while cooking short grain rice and medium grain rice (the rice typically used in Japanese restaurants) – we now make Instant Pot rice for a wide variety of meals. If you are looking for a good rice Instant Pot recipe, look no further! 

Instant Pot Japanese Steamed Rice – Just like the restaurant makes!

Let’s start with the basics. Here is a simple how-to on making rice in the Instant Pot.  It’s super simple and the rice turns out amazing. It reminds me of the steamed rice you get at Japanese restaurants! 

  • Short-grain or medium-grain white rice
  • 1 part water – 1 part rice

Making white rice in the Instant Pot is super simple. Let’s get started. First, we need to determine how much rice you need to make. 

Best Japanese Rice

Are you looking to make steamed rice or rice for sushi? 

Best Rice for Steam Rice

My favorite Japanese rice is Botan Calrose rice. This is a medium grain rice that makes the most excellent steamed rice!  best rice for steaming


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Botan Calrose Rice has an amazing flavor and consistency. It is sticky, but NOT near as sticky as the rice we recommend for sushi (keep reading!) 

Best Rice for Sushi Rice

If you are making sushi, you will want to use a sticky rice. My favorite sushi rice is Soeos sushi rice.

Best rice for making sushi rice

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Now that we know WHAT type of Japanese rice to buy, let’s learn how to make Japanese Instant Pot rice! 

Step 1 – Determine how much rice to cook!

How Much Rice Should I Cook Per Person?

If you are using the rice as a side dish, I cook 1/3 to 1/2 cup of rice per person. So for our family of 6, I typically cook 3 cups of dried rice. We like to make a simple rice dessert so I usually cook 4-5 cups to that we can use the excess for a sweet treat.  Keep reading for more on our sweet rice dessert recipe.

How much rice to cook per person

Dried rice doubles when cooked! So if you cook 1 cup dried rice, you will have 2 cups of cooked rice!

Step 2 – Wash the Rice

Once you have determined how much rice you need to make, place the rice you are going to cook into a colander. Next, wash the rice with cold water. Depending on the type of rice you use, you will want to wash until the water runs mostly clear. Typically, Calrose rice requires just a quick rinse. 

Step 3 – Dump into the Instant Pot

Dump your washed rice into the Instant Pot.  You will want to next add equal parts water to your rice. So if you are cooking 3 cups, add 3 cups of water. 

Instant Pot Steamed Rice Japanese Restaurant

Just remember this – the ratio for cooking rice in the Instant Pot is 1 part rice, 1 part water.  

Step 4 – Press Rice Button

First, please make sure your Instant Pot is plugged in. I will not confess to how many times I have attempted to make a dish and me walk away thinking it’s cooking, when in actuality – I FORGOT TO PLUG in the appliance to cook the meal. Anyways – after you have plugged in your Instant Pot and have your equal parts rice and water, just press the rice button!

Step 5 – Enjoy! 

Enjoy your delicious Japanese rice! Tastes just like steamed rice from a Japanese restaurant, right?  Or if you are making sushi, isn’t this sticky rice amazing? I am telling you, cooking rice in the Instant Pot is a game changer. And the type of rice you use can make or break a meal. The sushi rice seriously ups your sushi game and the Japanese rice, well we eat that with just about rice dish! One of our favorite recipes is Instant Pot Mexican Rice.  

How Long Does it Take to Cook Rice in an Instant Pot? 

Rice in the Instant Pot will take a total of 25 minutes. Your rice will cook and steam for approximately 15 minutes before it comes to pressure.  After your Instant Pot beeps, you will want to let it naturally release (so don’t push the valve to let the steam come out!) Natural release is when the Instant Pot depressures itself.  This takes around 10 minutes. So 25 minutes total, it’s worth the wait and still quicker than my old rice maker!

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Instant Pot Japanese Steamed Rice

Learn how to Instant Pot Japanese steamed rice and sushi rice! It will tastes just like the rice at a Japanese restaurant!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Dry Calrose Japanese Rice
  • 2 Cups Cold Water

Instructions

Rinse the Rice

  1. Rinse rice in a colander using cold water. Wash the rice until water runs clear. Close Instant Pot, 

Add to Instant Pot

  1. Once done rinsing rice, place the 2 cups of dry Calrose Japanese rice into the Instant Pot with 2 cups of cold water. Mix rice and water with a spoon.

Close Lid - Press Button

  1. Close Instant Pot, make sure it's plugged in! Press rice button on Instant Pot. 

Prepare to Enjoy

  1. The rice will cook under pressure for approximately 15 minutes. Wait until the Instant Pot naturally releases before opening the top. Natural release takes 10 minutes. 

Recipe Notes

Here is our tried and true Instant Pot Japanese rice recipe. This works for both sushi rice and making Japanese steam rice. Make sure to check out our recommendation on which rice to purchase. The type of rice you use makes a HUGE difference in how your dish will taste!

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