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Easy Sticky Rice Recipe (Glutinous Rice) | Steamer and Rice Cooker Methods

Course Main Course


  • 2 Cups Glutinous Rice
  • Water


  • Soak the rice in a large bowl with enough water to cover the rice plus 3 inches extra. Let it soak overnight or for 24 hours.
  • Drain the water.
  • (Steamer Method) Arrange the rice evenly in a lined steamer. Cover and steam for 30-45 minutes.
  • (Rice Cooker Method) Do NOT soak the rice. Wash and drain very thoroughly. Pour 1 cup rice into the rice cooker with approximately 2/3 cups of water.* Cover and let it cook automatically until the rice cooker turns off. For best result, use the “sweet” or “brown rice” rice cooker function. If your rice cooker doesn’t have these options, your sticky rice may not come out great but give it a try.
  • Fluff the rice if needed and serve or use in a recipe.


You may need to adjust the amount of water depending on the capabilities of your rice cooker.

Fun Fact:

What makes glutinous rice different from regular rice?
While regular rice contains both components of starch (amylopectin and amylose), glutinous rice only has amylopectin. Amylopectin is the molecule in starch that makes it sticky and gelatinous, which is why glutinous rice will still feel different from regular starchy rice.
Keyword Easy Glutinous Rice Recipe, Sticky Rice in the Rice Cooker, Sticky Rice in the Steamer