|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
There are many types of sticky rice from countries all around the world, including Thailand, China, and Japan. For this recipe, look for Thai sticky rice or Chinese sticky rice, sometimes labeled as "sweet rice" or "glutinous rice." While the grain goes by a few different names, they are all the same thing.
Traditionally, sticky rice is normally steamed, 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 steps and is so quick and easy to do you'll find yourself enjoying sticky rice more often.
Sticky rice is excellent served with stir-fries, curries, or any dishes with a delicious sauce. It's also great for desserts like mango sticky rice. If you don't have a rice cooker, you can make your sticky rice in a pot on the stove.
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"The sticky rice cooked perfectly in my basic little rice cooker. Cooking took 25 minutes, including the 5 minutes it stands before opening the lid. I soaked it for 40 minutes per instructions, and that was sufficient. Since there's no rinsing, prep is just the time it takes to measure and press the start button." —Diana Rattray
2 cups Thai sticky rice (also called sweet or glutinous rice)
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Gather the ingredients.
Place sticky rice in your rice cooker.
Add the water and stir.
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 achieve the best texture.
Add the salt and stir once more. Turn on your rice cooker.
When your rice cooker switches off, let the rice sit at least 5 minutes longer. Serve and enjoy.
- Sticky rice will become stickier the longer it sits, so if you want it very sticky, make it ahead of time.
- If you find that the rice is too sticky for your liking, skip soaking the rice. Although soaking the rice before cooking is common, eliminating this step will result in a more al dente texture—while this may not be traditional, it may be more pleasing to your palate.
How to Store and Freeze
- Store cooked sticky rice in your refrigerator and try to use it up within two to three days.
- To freeze sticky rice, transfer portions to airtight containers or zip-close freezer bags. Freeze it for up to two months.
What's the difference between white rice and sticky rice?
The major difference between regular white rice and sticky rice is right there in the name—the latter has a sticky, glutinous texture. While white rice had individually textured grains, sticky rice sticks together and is great at soaking up sweet and savory sauces. It also requires soaking before cooking (white rice does not).
What's the difference between sticky rice and sweet rice?
Sticky rice goes by a few names, making it confusing when you visit the grocery store or read a recipe. It's often known as sweet rice thanks to its many applications in sweet dishes. Whether it's labeled sticky rice, Thai sticky rice, sweet rice, or glutinous rice, it's all the same type of rice and will work great for this recipe.
How to Use Sticky Rice
- Sticky rice may be used in a variety of dishes, including desserts, stir-fry dishes, and in dumplings. Here are a few ideas:
- Use sticky rice to make a layer cake dessert or the classic Thai favorite, mango rice.
- Make sticky rice dumplings with prepared sticky rice, chicken, and seasonings.
- Combine 1 1/2 cups of day-old leftover sticky rice with 1 beaten egg and salt, to taste. Heat a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Shape the rice mixture into patties and fry until hot and golden brown on both sides.
- Use soaked sticky rice to make a delicious sweet sticky rice cake.