Learn the Best Way to Make Sticky Rice in a Rice Cooker

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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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In Thailand and other Southeast-Asian countries, sticky rice is normally steamed, and because of this, few people here in the West shy away from making it. But did you know you can also make sticky rice in your rice cooker with delicious results? Cooking sticky rice in your rice cooker cuts down on all the steps involved, and is so quick and easy to do, you'll find yourself enjoying sticky rice more often.

As you know, sticky rice is excellent served with stir-fries, curries, or any dishes with a delicious sauce (the sticky rice both absorbs and complements it). It's also great for desserts such as Thai mango sticky rice. There are a few different types of sticky rice—see the tips below to be sure you buy the right one. If you don't have a rice cooker, you can also make your sticky rice in a pot on the stove.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups Thai sweet rice (also called "sticky" or "glutinous" rice)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Place 2 cups sticky rice in your rice cooker. Add 2 1/2 cups water and stir.
  2. Let the rice stand at least 40 minutes and up to 4 hours. Sticky rice has a hard outer shell that needs to soften in order for it to taste its best.
  3. Add the salt and stir once more. Turn on your rice cooker.
  4. When your rice cooker switches off, let the rice sit at least 5 minutes extra.

Tips and Recipes

Sticky rice will become sticker the longer it sits, so if you want it very sticky, make it ahead of time.

Store sticky rice in your refrigerator, and try to use it up within 2 to 3 days.

There are many types of sticky rice from all around the world, including Thailand, China, and Japan. For this recipe, look for Thai sticky rice or Chinese sticky rice. Also, the wording on the package can be confusing—the packet might say "Sweet Rice" or "Glutinous Rice" instead of sticky rice. Don't worry, this is the right product!

There are several Thai recipes using sticky rice, such as savory Thai sticky rice with pork, mushrooms, and green onion. This is sure to become a family favorite. The most famous Thai dessert—Thai mango sticky sweet rice—is made with sticky rice.