Instant Pot Sticky Rice

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Make this quick and easy Instant Pot Sticky Rice in under 30 minutes with just 2 ingredients. Once you make the sticky rice in the instant pot, you will never go back to the traditional bamboo steamer method (vegan, gluten-free).

Instant pot sticky rice served in a bowl.
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What Is Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice (Sweet Rice, Glutinous Rice, Sushi Rice) is a type of rice that is especially sticky and glutinous. It is a non-translucent, opaque, milky-colored round-grained rice with a slightly sweet taste and sticky texture.

Sticky rice has a very low amylose content, which makes it sticky, almost glue-like when cooked.

It is often used in Asian countries to make various sweet and savory dishes. It is often used in sushi, as it helps to keep the sushi together.

There are many different types of glutinous rice depending on the region where it is grown. In China, there are two main types of sticky rice: Japonica and Indica.

Japonica rice is short and round, while Indica rice is long and slender.

This rice is on the menu of most Asian restaurants, and believe me, it tastes incredibly delicious with spicy Asian curries.

About Instant Pot Sticky Rice

Instant Pot Sticky Rice is a quick and easy way to make glutinous rice without effort. No soaking, no monitoring, this fuss-free one-pot technique gives perfectly textured rice in under 30 minutes.

Traditionally, this rice was steamed in a bamboo steamer, and the traditional cooking method also requires you to soak it for 8-10 hours. But once you try this cheat way of cooking sticky rice in an instant pot (electric pressure cooker), you will never return to the traditional method.

Cooking glutinous rice to perfection can be tricky, as it may get mushy, wet, gummy, or undercooked, but not when it’s cooked in an instant pot.

This rice is gluten-free and vegan.

You can double or triple the recipe. You can make up to 2 cups of rice in a 3-quart pressure cooker and 3 cups in a 6-quart one. The cooking time will remain the same even if you scale the recipe.

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Ingredients

Instant pot sticky rice ingredients

You need two ingredients to make this recipe – Sticky rice and cold filtered water.

You can find this rice in nearby Asian grocery stores, Asian markets, or online. Many big grocery stores also have it stocked in their international aisle.

The Rice: Water ratio I have used in this instant pot recipe is 1:⅔, and it has always turned out perfect.

You can replace water with chicken broth or veg broth to add more flavor. Water can also be replaced with thin coconut milk for a sweet taste.

How To Make Sticky Rice In Instant Pot

Rinse 1 cup (200 g) of sticky rice with water 2-3 times until the water clears.

Rinsing the raw sticky rice.

Drain the water well and add the rice to the inner pot of the instant pot.

Rice added to the instant pot.

Add ⅔ cup (170 ml) of cold water to the pot and stir gently.

Note – You can replace water with equal vegetable or chicken broth.

Water added to the pot.

Close the pot lid and set the valve to the sealing position.

Lid closed and valve set to sealing.

Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 10 min on high pressure. It will take 10-12 minutes for the pressure to build inside the pot and for the timer to start.

Timer set to 10 minutes at high pressure.

Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 mins. Release the remaining pressure manually by moving the valve to the venting position. Use the back of a spoon to move the valve to avoid steam burn.

Once the pressure is released, open the pot lid and fluff the rice gently using a fork.

Serve warm.

Lid opened.
Ready instant pot sticky rice fluffed with a fork.

Pro Tips By Neha

Measurements are crucial to making perfectly textured rice. Measure the rice and water correctly for the best result.

Glutinous Rice dries out and hardens quickly at room temperature. Ensure it stays warm and covered before serving or adding to a recipe.

It’s best to serve sticky hot. Cold, hardened glutinous rice can be hard to digest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between sticky rice and jasmine rice?

Jasmine rice and sticky rice are two varieties of rice popularly used in Asian cooking.

Cooked Jasmine rice is white, while sticky rice is opaque. The texture of cooked glutinous rice is glue-like and very sticky, while cooked jasmine rice is slightly sticky and is much more aromatic than glutinous rice.

Serving Suggestions

Sticky rice can be served as a side dish with Asian dishes. I like to serve it with Thai Green Curry, Laotian Larb Gai, Salmon Panang Curry, and Thai Red Curry.

It can also be used to make the popular Thai dessert, Mango Sticky Rice.

Storage Suggestions

Once cooked, homemade sticky rice will last in the fridge for 2 to 3 days when stored in an airtight container. After cooking, let the rice come to room temperature before storing it in the container.

The best way to reheat glutinous rice is in a microwave. Add it to a microwave-safe bowl and heat it on high for about 2 minutes or until heated.

You can also reheat it in a steamer. Add the rice to a steamer basket and place it over boiling water. Cover the steamer and allow the rice to steam for about 10 minutes or until heated.

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Make this quick and easy instant pot sticky rice in under 30 minutes with just 2 ingredients. Once you will make the sticky rice in instant pot, you will never go back to the traditional bamboo steamer method.
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Easy Instant Pot Sticky Rice Recipe

Make this quick and easy Instant Pot Sticky Rice in under 30 minutes with just 2 ingredients. Once you make the sticky rice in the instant pot, you will never go back to the traditional bamboo steamer method.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup raw sticky rice (200 g)
  • cup cold water (170 ml)
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Instructions 

  • Rinse rice with water 2-3 times until the water runs clear.
  • Drain the water well and add the rice to the inner pot of the instant pot.
  • Add water to the pot and stir gently.
  • Note – You can replace water with an equal amount of vegetable or chicken broth.
  • Close the lid of the pot and set the valve to the sealing position.
  • Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 10 min on high pressure. It will take 10-12 minutes for the pressure to build inside the pot and the timer to start.
  • Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 mins. Release the remaining pressure manually by moving the valve to the venting position. Use the back of a spoon to move the valve to avoid steam burn.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid of the pot and fluff the rice gently using a fork.
  • Serve warm.

Video

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Notes

You can easily double or triple the recipe. You can make up to 2 cups of rice in a 3-quart instant pot and 3 cups in a 6-quart pot. The cooking time will remain the same even if you scale the recipe.
Measurements are crucial to making perfectly textured rice. Measure the rice and water correctly for the best result.
Glutinous Rice dries out and hardens quickly at room temperature. Ensure it stays warm and covered before serving or adding to a recipe.
It’s best to serve sticky rice hot as cold, hardened glutinous rice can be hard to digest.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg
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