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Easy Thai Sticky Rice (Made in a Rice Cooker)

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (4 Reviews)


Bowl of sticky rice
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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).

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • SERVES 4
  • 2 cups Thai sweet rice (also called "sticky" or "glutinous" rice)
  • 2+ 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


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

  1. Place 2 cups sweet rice in your rice cooker. Add 2+ 1/2 cups water and stir.
  2. Let the sweet rice stand at least 40 minutes (or longer if you want - up to 4 hours).
  3. Add the salt and stir once more. Turn on your rice cooker.
  4. When your rice cooker switches off (after 15-20 minutes), let the rice sit at least five minutes extra.
  5. Enjoy your sticky rice!
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.
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 4 out of 5
Ate it for dessert instead, Member Honolulu_Haole

I rinsed and then soaked my rice for 4 hours. I had used 3 cups so I used half again as much water. TOO MUCH! The rice was somewhat mushy... not a good thing to serve with the curry I am making. Delicious nonetheless and my family loves sticky rice. So... I sliced apple bananas and put those, coconut milk, and a bit of Trader Joe's caramel sauce over the rice. I microwaved it briefly. AMAZING!! YUM! Now I have to go for a very long beach walk to work it off but will eat it again later :) Next time I will definitely cut back on the water a bit.

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