How to make sticky rice in rice cooker?

When it comes to cooking, I am definitely the type of person who is always looking for shortcuts. There are days when I can’t be bothered to cook some complicated dish that will take up my entire

Sticky Rice in Rice Cooker

 day and all of my energy. Luckily, there are some dishes where you can dump everything in a small rice cooker and leave it alone while you do other things. Today’s recipe is one such dish: sticky rice cooked in a rice cooker! This tasty treat is perfect as a side dish for dinner or even as dessert topped with fresh fruit – either way, once you see how easy this recipe is to make, you’ll definitely want to try your hand at making this delicious treat.

I think rice cookers are good for people who have a lot of other things to do. I can’t tell you how many times my mom’s been running around the kitchen cooking dinner, and she just grabs her rice cooker out of the cabinet. She sets it up with water, pours in some rice, puts on the lid and turns it on. Then she goes back to cooking whatever else needs attention while waiting for the timer to go off about 30-35 minutes later!

Sticky rice is also called Thai rice, glutinous rice, and sweet rice which shouldn’t confuse you because they are all the same thing.

In this article, we will answer “How to make sticky rice in a rice cooker?” with the easiest recipe ever!

How to Make Sticky Rice in Rice Cooker?


  • 2 cup Thai sticky rice (Also called glutinous or sweet rice)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • Salt to taste

Steps to make sticky rice in a rice cooker

  1. Place the rice into a strainer, and wash under running water until water runs clear.
  2. Add the rice into the rice cooker.
  3. Add water and make sure the rice is leveled. Add salt to taste.
  4. Close the lid, plugin your rice cooker, use normal settings and press start.
  5. If you have a high-end rice cooker, it might has setting for glutinous rice which is a different term for sticky rice.
  6. Once the rice is cooked, open up your lid and use a bamboo paddle to fluff it up so that all of those excess water evaporates. Let sit for an additional 2 minutes before serving.

Dish out and serve with grilled pork or chicken, spicy papaya salad and other Isan (Northeastern Thai) specialties.

Important Tips:

Sticky rice become stickier if you let it sit for long period of time. So, in case you or your guests like it stickier, try preparing ahead of time.

If you find that your rice is too sticky for the taste, don’t bother soaking it. Although this is a common practice not soaking rice may result into a different texture altogether.

Serve your sticky rice with variety of dishes such as desserts, stir-fry, and dumplings. Let us know how making sticky rice in a rice cooker turned out for you? We would love to have your response and input!

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