Sticky Rice Recipe

    Thai sticky rice in a bowl

    Glutinous rice, also known as sticky rice, is a staple food in Thailand and many parts of Asia. If you’ve enjoyed this kind of sticky recipe before, then you’ve probably wondered how to make sticky rice at home.

    Thai sticky rice like this is very easy to make at home. You need to first know what sticky rice brands to consider, as sticky rice is not the same as many of the other types of long or short grain rice products you see in the store. Sticky rice is very low in amylose content and very high in amylopectin, which is what makes the rice “sticky.”

    Some of our favorite brands include Sanpatong’s sweet rice and Nishiki’s Medium Grain Rice. You can use either brand to create delicious dessert recipes like Thai mango sticky rice.

    If you’re looking to just learn how to make the sticky rice component for numerous Thai dishes, you are at the perfect destination. The key with any sticky rice recipe is to make sure you allow the rice enough time to soak in water. The longer it soaks in water, the more authentic the texture and flavor will be.

    You can also make this sticky rice in a rice cooker with much success. Just remember to leave ample time to soak your rice in water before you actually turn the rice cooker on and cook the sticky rice.


    Cook time: 20 Minutes
    Prep time: 10 Minutes
    Idle time: 4 Hours
    Servings: People



    1. Soak the rice in a large bowl of water for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.
    2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a steamer pot over high heat. Drain the soaking liquid from the rice and transfer the rice to the bamboo steamer basket. Set the basket in the pot. Cover with a pan lid. Cook for 10 minutes.
    3. Remove the steamer basket from atop the pot and squeeze the basket to help loosen the rice. With a quick flick of the wrist, flip the rice once. Return the basket to the pot, cover, and let steam for another 10 minutes or until the rice is tender and sticky.
    4. Let rest for 10 minutes and serve warm.

    Additional information

    Updated by Beeta Hashempour on 7/29/2018

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