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!
Instant Pot Sticky Rice Experiment
What We Look For in Sticky Rice?
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:
*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)
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 ⅔ 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 – 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~