Asian Cuisine

Homemade Sushi


What is Sushi

 Sushi unlike popular belief is not referred to raw fish, sushi is simply rice seasoned with vinegar rolled on seaweed and filled with ingredients of choice.  Ingredients used to filled a sushi roll however, can be raw or cooked. Sashimi is specifically a raw preparation of sushi. 

Sashimi is vinegared rice served with raw fish.  

Most popular sushi roll in America which is readily available is California roll. It’s filled with imitation crab stick, avocado, carrots sticks and cucumber sticks. It’s available with or without sauces and sometimes the crab stick is shaved and tossed in sirach mayo to make the roll spicy.

Sushi Rice 

Sushi rice is the most important component of the recipe. If not cooked correctly, the recipe is a fail. I have been making sushi rice in the instant for a few years now and it’s become one of my favorite things to make in the instant proof, its almost fool proof! The steps are pretty straightforward and it usually requires a little to no effort at all. All you have to do is measure the ingredients to the dot and toss everything in the instant pot and let it do it’s thing while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. 

A few things to remember are:

– Wash the rice with cold water for around 2 minutes or until the water runs clear.

– Let it drain in the sieve in the sink for around 2 minutes as well. 

– Cook on low pressure for 10 minutes, and let the pressure release naturally. The steam it sits in while the pressure releases itself is magic for the rice. 

– When you remove it from the instant pot, use a glass, wood or plastic bowl. The vinegar solution, the starch, the steam will all react with metal if you use a metal bowl and your rice will have a metal taste. 

Sushi (Maki) Rolls

If you enjoy eating sushi, you must know your favorite rolls by heart now! My favorite it definitely Dragon Roll. It usually filled with tempura shrimp, cream cheese, cucumber and avocado topped with unagi sauce and siracha mayo. I have also had different variation with spicy crab, masago (fish eggs) and eel. California roll needs no introduction, it’s the most common roll filled with imitation crab, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks and avocado. However, these two rolls are not where the sushi rolls end, there are tons more fillings you can use to make your rolls.

For instance

salmon (raw: sushi grade) or smoked

Tuna (raw: sushi grade) or canned


shrimp (tempura or cooked)




imitation crab








masago (fish roe)

You can top your sushi with multiple toppings and sauces as well:

Japanese mayo

Siracha mayo

Sesame seeds

Tempura crunch 

Fried Onions 

Unagi sauce (kikoman)

Siracha sauce 

Wasabi Mayo

Serving suggestions:

Side of soy sauce, wasabi and Japanese pickled ginger. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and unleash your sushi making skills at home with family and friends. Please don’t forget to like and comment on this post. Share with family and friends if you like this post, i will attach a link to a quick sushi making tutorial on my igtv for your convenience. Please follow me on instagram and subscribe to my youtube channel.



2 people

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

20 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes

Homemade Sushi

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Recipe by Fatima Maniya Soorty Course: Main


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Homemade Sushi

  • cups short grain sushi rice

  • 14 cup water

  • 14 cup seasoned rice vinegar

  • tbsp sugar

  • 12 tsp salt

  • count tempura shrimp (store bought)

  • tbsp cream cheese

  • 12 avocado sliced

  • cup cooked sushi rice

  • count nori sheets

  • cucumber sticks

  • count crab sticks

  • 12 avocado

  • count nori sheets

  • cup cooked sushi rice

  • cucumber sticks

  • carrot sticks


  • Measure 2 cups short grain sushi rice. Put them in a sieve and run them under cold water for around 2 minutes or until the water runs clear. Let them drain and dry a little for around 2 to 3 minutes before adding them in the instant pot.
  • Add 2 and 1/4 cups water and 2 cups sushi rice in the instant pot and cook it on low pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, let the rice release the pressure naturally for around 10 minutes or so.
  • In the mean time add 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar, 2 tbsp sugar and salt in a glass bowl. Microwave it for around 1 minute until the sugar and salt dissolve.
  • Once the time is up, remove the rice into a glass bowl or plastic bowl only. Add the seasoned vinegar to the rice and using a plastic rice spoon keep stirring the rice with a light hand until the rice absorbs the vinegar solution and becomes sticky.
  • keep the rice covered when not in use.
  • Spread 1/2 cup rice on the rough side of the nori sheet. Flip the sheet so the rice is on the outside of the roll.
  • Spread 1 tbsp cream cheese on the nori sheet, add the pre cooked tempura shrimp, cucumber sticks and avocado slices.
  • With the help on a sushi mat roll it. See a detailed instructions video on my instagram, link attacked in the description above.
  • Spread 1/2 cup sushi rice on the rough side of the nori sheet. Fill it with imitation crab sticks, cucumber sticks, carrot sticks and avocado slices.
  • Roll with the help of a sushi mat. Detailed instruction video on my instagram.

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