How to Make Sticky Rice in a Rice Cooker

Stick rice and mango
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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 can be bothered 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 Dessert.  (See my shopping tips below recipe to be sure you buy the right type of rice). 

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups Thai sweet rice (also called "sticky" or "glutinous" rice) - see buying tips below recipe
  • 2+1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon. salt

How to Make It

To make your sticky rice in a pot on your stove, see: How to Make Sticky Rice (stovetop recipe).

  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 (or longer if you want - 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.
  1. When your rice cooker switches off, let the rice sit at least five minutes extra.

Sticky Rice Tip: 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 2-3 days.

Sticky Rice Buying Tips: 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!  Here's a photo of my package: Thai Sticky Rice in the Packet.

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