Instant Pot Sticky Rice

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 ūüėČ

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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. ūüôā

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 Á≥ĮÁĪ≥ťõě
  • Deep Fried Glutinous Rice Dumplings ŚíłśįīŤßí
  • Japanese Mochi „āā„Ā°
  • 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, then¬†Natural Release (roughly 5 ‚Äď 7 minutes)

Open the lid carefully.

*Pro Tip РDoubling 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 ūüôā

Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice Recipe

2. 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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Time to make Sticky Rice in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Sticky Rice

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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Servings 2 - 4
Total Time 27 mins
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Ingredients

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Instructions 

  • Pressure Cook Glutinous Rice: Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water and a steamer rack in Instant Pot.

    Add 1 cup (200g) glutinous rice in a stainless steel bowl. Place the stainless steel bowl on the steamer rack. Pour ‚ÖĒ cup (167ml) cold water in the stainless steel bowl. Ensure all the rice is submerged in the water.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid immediately, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.¬†Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 12 minutes + Natural Release (roughly 5 ‚Äď 7 minutes). Open the lid carefully.

    *See notes for doubling recipe.
  • Fluff & Serve: Remove stainless steel bowl from Instant Pot pressure cooker. Gently fluff the sticky rice and serve warm with your main dish. Enjoy~

Notes

Use This Method When Doubling Recipe with 2 Cups of Glutinous Rice:
  • Rice: 2 cups (400g) Glutinous Rice
  • Water: 1 1/3 cup (334ml) Cold Tap Water
  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 25 minutes + Natural Release
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 169kcal
Course: Rice, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: instant pot sticky rice, pressure cooker sticky rice, sticky rice instant pot

Nutrition

Serving: 46g | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.6g
Instant Pot Sticky Rice Recipe: Quick & easy way to make Perfect Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice (Glutinous Rice) with no soaking.
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