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 😉

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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.

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 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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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

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.
4.97 from 32 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
Servings: 2 - 4
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200g) Glutinous Rice (No soaking required)
  • cup (167ml) cold water

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 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~
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Recipe 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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Nutrition:

Serving: 46g | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.6g
Course: Rice, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: instant pot sticky rice, pressure cooker sticky rice, sticky rice instant pot
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Instant Pot Sticky Rice Recipe: Quick & easy way to make Perfect Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice (Glutinous Rice) with no soaking.

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Nola

I have a question. I followed the recipe for the single batch. I was really excited when I took it out of my instant pot and began to fluff gently with a fork. Then I got away from the edge towards the center and discovered that the rice wasn’t cooked 🙁 I don’t know what went wrong. I have the 8qt instant pot, my stainless steel bowl measures 7″ across the top and then tapers down to the bottom like most typical stainless steel bowls, I have essentially the same stainless steel steaming rack as the link on the recipe.… Read more »

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Nola

I will try it, thank you!

Nola

Also, would I need more liquid also? The water was all absorbed too.
Thank you.

Nola

Thank you!

Sydney

I mess up rice all the time even in the insta pot. I followed this recipe for 2 cups and it worked perfectly.10/105 stars

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Roy

I’m at ~ 3,000ft of altitude, and cooking Nishiki short-grain waxy rice, so a little difference there, but your instructions worked great with a little modification…

1. I used 200mg rice & 200mg of boiling water from tea kettle in SS bowl, stirring the rice, water, salt together.

2. Using Presto SS pressure cooker I had to take the weight off to release the pressure to get a NR in 5 minutes – plus another minute or so.

Perfect rice, just as you described it in your grid. 12 min HP, 5-6 NR cooling. Mmmmm5 stars

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Renee Tee

I have tried so many times to make sticky rice, and have always been disappointed with the results. I wondered if the Instant Pot might give me the texture I was yearning for, and found your recipe. I am so happy I tried it! Wonderful results! Your method is perfect! Thank you!!!5 stars

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Heather

I just made a double recipe, in a glass bowl, and it was perfect! Thanks for doing the research for me!!! 😁5 stars

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Selina

Can I use coconut milk and sugar instead of water to mix with the sticky rice to make a sticky rice dessert? Thank you

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Alice

Hi! Can you answer 2 questions: (1) do you wash the Sticky rice before cooking in the instant pot? I know washing will add liquid so I am not sure if it’s 200g of rice (dry, not washed) to 1 1/3c water? (2) how much seasoning/meats/mushrooms can I add to this basic recipe to recreate Cantonese style “saang chow lor mai fan”? Should I stir fry these additional ingredients then mix into the cooked rice? Thank you!

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Rosanna

Looking forward to it

Timothy Rhind

I cook sticky rice to use Thai or Lao style. Its usually important to soak your rice for several hours or overnight before cooking.

spike

I purchased some thai brown sticky rice (gao nep lut) – have you used this grain? Any tips for cooking? Should I expect the same cooked texture as white sweet rice? I also got a new 3qt cooker to go with my 6qt – will that require any changes to the recipe?

Thanks!!!

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Maddie

Thank you for sharing your results! I tried this in my instant pot mini with a small ceramic bowl instead of a stainless steal one. I added 5 min to the cooking time as recommended in another comment. I found that the NR option took my machine a little over 10 minutes to release pressure. Turned out wonderfully sticky and perfectly cooked!5 stars

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Robert Greenhouse

Is there no need for the rice wine vinegar?

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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