Enjoy a 10% discount on all orders over $60

How To Make Sticky Rice at Home?

Learn how to cook Sticky Rice, a staple of Asian cuisine. You don't need a rice cooker for this recipe.

March 29, 2022
vegetarian food icon
Sticky RicePhoto By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 45 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 75 mins



  1. Add the rice to a mixing bowl or other deep bowl.
  2. Soak the rice for at least 6 hours (or up to overnight) in a large bowl or saucepan with 7 cm of water.
  3. Drain the rice as much as possible. Rinse the soaked rice with cold water.
  4. Use soaked rice in a heatproof rice cooker or steamer.
  5. Cover the rice and steam it for 30–45 minutes. This slower cooking method is a great way to ensure the final texture of the rice is ideal.
  6. To make it in a saucepan or wok, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Then cook on medium heat for 20–35 minutes until the rice is soft.
  7. Keep sticky rice in the steamer after cooking time to prevent it from drying out until you serve it or use it in a recipe. Wherever you store it, cover it so it doesn't dry out.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Sticky Rice
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3 g0.4%
Sodium 295 mg12.8%
Protein 1.8 g3.6%
Potassium 25 mg0.5%
Potassium 25 mg0.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • If you want an al dente texture, skip the soaking step before cooking the rice.
  • Sticky rice gets stickier the longer it sits. If you want it to be very sticky, you can prepare it ahead of time.
  • Sticky rice dries and hardens quickly at room temperature. Make sure it's warm and covered before serving or adding it to a recipe.
  • Serve this sticky rice hot. Cold, hardened sticky rice is difficult to digest. It is best to serve it hot.
  • After cooking, cover the rice with a damp piece of parchment. Plate just before serving, as the rice will start to harden at room temperature.
  • When handling cooked sticky rice, wet your hands and utensils to prevent them from sticking.
  • You can use this sweet rice to make desserts such as mango rice and multi-layer cake.
  • If you don't have a rice cooker, you can also cook your glutinous rice in a saucepan.
Rate This Recipe

Sticky rice is a type of glutinous rice. This ingredient, which is frequently used in Asian dishes, gets its name from the fact that it is sticky when cooked. It is a versatile rice used in many recipes, from savory to sweet dishes.

There are many types of sticky rice. The one used in this recipe is Thai Sticky Rice. Bring Asian flavors to your table with this Sticky Rice recipe.

What Is Sticky Rice?

Sticky rice is a wonderful ingredient or side dish that’s used in a number of different forms of Asian cooking. It’s used in a number of savory dishes, and can also be used as part of dessert recipes.

We particularly like seeing sticky rice used in zongzi - sticky rice dumplings.

What Are the Types of Sticky Rice?

There are three types of sticky rice: black and purple sticky rice, Japanese sweet rice, and Thai sticky rice.

Black and purple sticky rice are types of whole-grain rice that are cultivated in Southeast Asia. The bran of the rice itself, the outer shell, is dark purple or black when raw. When it’s cooked, the entire grain becomes dark purple.

Japanese sweet rice is a short-grain rice from, unsurprisingly, Japan. The flavor is sweet, and it’s exceptionally sticky. Typically, it’s used for making Japanese desserts.

Finally, Thai sticky rice can come from Laos and northern Thailand. They often have longer grains than other types of sticky rice, as well as being more floral in scent.

What to Serve with Sticky Rice?

The best way to serve sticky rice is to have it as a side dish. This is how it is served throughout Thailand, as well as Laos. It functions really well as a vehicle for a number of different types of dishes.

A sweeter option is Khao niaow ma Muang. This is mango sticky rice that is served with coconut custard and fresh mango. This is a really popular dessert throughout Thailand and Laos, and it’s easy to see why.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can prepare/serve with Sticky Rice:

How to Store Sticky Rice?

The best option is to keep sticky rice in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for a day or two. After that point, it’s likely easier to make fresh rice.

You can actually freeze sticky rice! We’d suggest storing it in a plastic bag in the freezer for up to two months. However, make sure to squeeze out excess air before placing the bag in the freezer. Otherwise, that can lead to freezer burn.

Recipe byPetite Gourmets

Did you make this recipe?

Tag @PETITEGOURMETS using the hashtag #PGRECIPES and share on Instagram. We'll feature you on our site.

Shop on Petite Gourmets