Instant Pot Sticky Rice

No more wet and mushy Instant Pot Sticky Rice (Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice)! Quick & easy way to make flavorful, evenly cooked Glutinous Rice with no soaking.

No more wet & mushy Instant Pot Sticky Rice (Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice)! Quick & easy way to make flavorful & evenly cooked Glutinous Rice with no soaking required. Yes, really 😉

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Many dear readers enjoyed our Jasmine Rice, Brown Rice, and Basmati Rice experiments, and have requested for our Instant Pot Sticky Rice Recipe.

Some of you have told us your Instant Pot Sticky Rice turned out wet, mushy, gummy, undercooked

We heard you! Yes. As easy as it looks, it’s a bit tricky to perfect any type of Pressure Cooker Rice, especially Instant Pot Sticky Rice.

The Water to Rice Ratio is like the Golden Key to the Perfect Rice Treasure Box.

Thanks for your patience as we test & perfect this recipe. 🙂

So, time for another Instant Pot Rice Experiment!

No more wet and mushy Instant Pot Sticky Rice (Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice)! Quick & easy way to make flavorful, evenly cooked Glutinous Rice with no soaking.

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First Off, What is Sticky Rice?


Sticky Rice (aka Sweet Rice or Glutinous Rice) is a non-translucent, opaque milky-colored, long grain rice.

Due to very low amylose content, it becomes especially sticky when cooked.

It’s commonly used in many Southeast and East Asian dishes. Some of my favorite comfort food & dim sums are made with glutinous rice or glutinous rice flour (ground glutinous rice):

  • Lo Mai Gai 糯米雞
  • Deep Fried Glutinous Rice Dumplings 咸水角
  • Japanese Mochi もち
  • Thai Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango (Kow Neuw Mamuang)…

Man, I’m drooling just thinking about these… ? hehe~

Despite the name, Glutinous Rice is gluten-free.

Normally, authentic Sticky Rice eaten in Laos or Thailand is pre-soaked for several hours (or even overnight!), then steamed in a Special Sticky Rice Steamer Pot & Basket, which then kneaded with a wooden paddle.

But, with our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker? 

Behold the Golden Key to the Easy & Quick No-Soak Instant Pot Sticky Rice!

No more wet and mushy Instant Pot Sticky Rice (Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice)! Quick & easy way to make flavorful, evenly cooked Glutinous Rice with no soaking.

Instant Pot Sticky Rice Experiment


What We Look For in Sticky Rice?

  • Evenly cooked
  • Remain intact & separated (not mush)
  • Tender yet sticky & chewy
  • Dry (not soggy)
  • Flavorful & fragrant

We conducted 5+ tests with Glutinous Rice using different amounts of liquid, cooking time, pressure release methods, Pot-in-Pot (PIP) or directly in the Pot in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

Here are the Instant Pot Sticky Rice Experiment Results:

Instant Pot Sticky Rice Experiment Results
(Click photo to enlarge the chart)

*HP = High Pressure; NR = Natural Release

After playing around with the various factors, we achieved our desired results with Test #5.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Sticky Rice Because:

  • Huge Time Saver: Cut short preparation & cooking time!
  • No soaking required!!
  • Super easy to make – no need to tend the steamer to ensure it’s evenly cooked (no need to turn the rice or check if the steamer is running dry)
  • Easy to achieve consistent yummy results
  • No need to purchase special equipment

Ingredients for Instant Pot Sticky Rice


Instant Pot Sticky Rice Recipe
  • 1 cup (200g) Glutinous Rice (No soaking required)
  • 2/3 cup (167ml) cold tap water

Tools for Instant Pot Sticky Rice


Pro Tip: it’s important to use a stainless steel bowl to hold the glutinous rice when following this recipe.

Stainless steel bowl is best for the pot-in-pot method as it conducts heat fast. Optimal cooking time & end results may differ if you use other types of containers.

Instructions for Instant Pot Sticky Rice


Step 1
Pressure Cook Glutinous Rice


First, add 1 cup (250ml) of cold tap water and a trivet in your pressure cooker.

Add 1 cup (200g) of glutinous rice in a stainless steel bowl. Then, place the stainless steel bowl on the trivet.

Pour 2/3 cup (167ml) of cold tap water into the stainless steel bowl. Ensure all the glutinous rice is submerged in the water (as shown in photo below).

Instant Pot Pot in Pot Sticky Rice

Close the lid immediately and pressure cook at:

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 12 minutes
  • Pressure Release Method: Natural Release (roughly 5 – 7 minutes)

Open the lid carefully.

*Pro Tip – Doubling Recipe with 2 Cups of Glutinous Rice: pressure cook at High Pressure for 25 minutes + Natural Release.

Step 2
Fluff & Serve Instant Pot Sticky Rice


Remove the stainless steel bowl from the pressure cooker.

Gently fluff the Instant Pot Sticky Rice to release the steam, and serve warm with your main dish!

Fun Fact: In some Asian countries such as Thailand & Laos, they eat Sticky Rice with their hands!

They’re served in adorable little bamboo baskets and you roll the rice into small ball shape with your fingers.

You can either eat it on it’s own or dip them into a sauce.

Enjoy~

No more wet and mushy Instant Pot Sticky Rice (Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice)! Quick & easy way to make flavorful, evenly cooked Glutinous Rice with no soaking.

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Sticky Rice


1. Water to Rice Ratio: this ratio makes or breaks your path to perfecting Instant Pot Rice. So, measure them as accurately as possible for your satisfaction 🙂

Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice Recipe2. Stainless Steel Containers: As mentioned above, it’s important to use a stainless steel bowl to hold the glutinous rice when following this recipe.

Optimal cooking time & end results may differ if you use other types of containers.

The stainless steel bowl we used is 7″ wide. If you are using a smaller bowl, increase the pressure cooking time accordingly as the overall thickness of the rice has increased.

3. Can I Double the Recipe using 2 Cups of Glutinous Rice?

Yes! For 2 cups of Glutinous rice, use this method:

  • Rice: 2 cups (400g) Glutinous Rice
  • Water: 1 1/3 cup (334ml) Cold Tap Water
  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 25 minutes
  • Pressure Release Method: Natural Release

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No more wet & mushy Instant Pot Sticky Rice (Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice)! Quick & easy way to make flavorful, evenly cooked Glutinous Rice with no soaking.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Rice, Side Dish, Super Easy
Cuisine: Asian
Serving: 2 - 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (200g) Glutinous Rice (No soaking required)
  • ⅔ cup (167ml) cold tap water
Instructions
  1. Pressure Cook Glutinous Rice: Add 1 cup (250ml) cold tap water and a steamer rack in your pressure cooker.

    Add 1 cup (200g) glutinous rice in a stainless steel bowl. Place the stainless steel bowl on the steamer rack. Pour ⅔ cup (167ml) cold tap water into the stainless steel bowl. Ensure all the rice is submerged in the water.

    Close the lid immediately and pressure cook at High Pressure for 12 minutes + Natural Release (roughly 5 – 7 minutes). Open the lid carefully.

    *See notes for doubling recipe.
  2. Fluff & Serve: Remove stainless steel bowl from the pressure cooker. Gently fluff the sticky rice and serve warm with your main dish.
Notes
Use This Method When Doubling Recipe with 2 Cups of Glutinous Rice:
Rice: 2 cups (400g) Glutinous Rice
Water: 1⅓ cup (334ml) Cold Tap Water
Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 25 minutes
Pressure Release Method: Natural Release
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 46g Calories: 169 Fat: 0.3g Carbohydrates: 37.0g Sodium: 2mg Fiber: 0.6g Protein: 3.3g Cholesterol: 0mg
Instant Pot Sticky Rice Recipe: Quick & easy way to make Perfect Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice (Glutinous Rice) with no soaking.

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Ruby Adams
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Ruby Adams

I don’t have a stainless steel bowl. Do you think if I bought a stainless steel insert for a 3 quart instant pot, would that fit in the 6 quart? Otherwise, what stainless steel bowl would you suggest I get?

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Jason
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Jason

Followed the recipe (12 minutes high pressure/7 minutes NR) and on the first go around had some crunchy rice bits afterwards. I think I’ll need to go a little longer with the cook time and let it rest a bit longer as well.

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Kay
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Kay

Hi. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe. We love sticky rice. The only stainless steel bowls I have are ones with some kind of rubber on the bottom so they grip the countertop better. Would they work when placed on my silicon trivet? I don’t want to buy another set of stainless steel bowls. Thanks for answering my question.

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Sandy
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Sandy

If I want to make 3 cups of rice, should I just add 2 cups of water and high pressure for 37 minutes then natural release? Should I add more than 1 cup of water in the pressure cooker?

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Marlene Walla
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Marlene Walla

Could I use the Tillabee steamer basket for the sticky rice from Amazon

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Tanya
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Tanya

Would a ceramic bowl work in place of the stainless steel bowl with increasing the time by about 5 minutes?

Timaree
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Timaree

Can you use the raw sticky rice to make rice pudding subbing it in for medium grain rice?

Kathy
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Kathy

Is it possible to freeze this after you’ve made it? Or how long will it stay good in the refrigerator? How do we reheat for best results?

Amy
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Amy

I already soaked my sticky rice overnight before thinking to look for an IP recipe. Do you have a method for cooking presoaked sticky rice in the IP? I’m thinking I could just put it in the mesh steamer insert and cook it with water in the bottom of the pot…but I have no idea how long. What do you think?

Marsha
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Marsha

I have been dying to make one of my favorite Indonesian snacks, lemper, (a meat filled roll of sticky rice) but was so worried about making the sticky rice because it was so tricky to do it on the stovetop to get it right. I was wondering if it could be done in the Instant Pot and when I Googled, I was trilled to find out that you had already tested it! Tried it today and it was a success! Thank you so much!

Natalie
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Natalie

I’m making sticky rice for a crowd – 15 people. Can I triple or even quadruple?

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