How to Make Sticky Rice in instant pot

Sticky, glutinous, or sweet rice is a staple in many Asian cuisines. It’s a versatile ingredient used in savory and sweet dishes, from sushi to mango sticky rice. While achieving that perfect, sticky texture at home may seem challenging, the Instant Pot can make the process much more manageable. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to make delicious sticky rice in your Instant Pot to enjoy this culinary delight in the comfort of your kitchen.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Sticky rice (glutinous rice)
  • Water
  • A pinch of salt (optional)
  • Instant Pot with a lid
  • Bamboo steamer or steamer basket (optional)

Gather Your Sticky Rice

Before you dive into cooking, make sure you have everything you need ready. Sticky rice is unique because it requires soaking before cooking. For optimal results, measure your sticky rice and soak it in water for at least 4-6 hours or overnight. Soaking is essential to soften the grains and ensure they cook evenly.

Rinse the Sticky Rice

After soaking, drain the soaked sticky rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear. This step helps remove excess surface starch, preventing the rice from becoming sticky and gummy.

Add Sticky Rice and Water to the Instant Pot

Now that your sticky rice is rinsed add it to the Instant Pot’s inner Pot. Use the appropriate measuring cup for the rice and level it off for precise measurements. Then, add water to the Instant Pot. The general guideline is to use a 1:1 ratio of rice to water; for every cup of sticky rice, add one cup of water. You can add a pinch of salt for seasoning if you’d like.

Customize the Cooking Time

Sticky rice typically requires a shorter cooking time compared to regular rice. In the Instant Pot, you can achieve perfectly cooked sticky rice by following these guidelines:

  • For regular sticky rice, Use the 1:1 rice-to-water ratio.
  • For a softer texture, use slightly more water, such as a 1:1.25 or 1:1.5 ratio.
  • Use slightly less water, such as a 1:0.75 or 1:0.5 ratio, for a firmer texture.

Set Up Your Instant Pot

Place the Instant Pot lid on your Instant Pot and ensure it’s properly sealed. Now, it’s time to set the cooking time and pressure level:

  • Select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” setting, depending on your Instant Pot model.
  • Set the cooking time for sticky rice:
    • For regular sticky rice, set it to 6-8 minutes.
    • For a softer texture, set it to 8-10 minutes.
    • For a firmer texture, set it to 5-6 minutes.
  • Ensure the pressure is set to “High.”

Start the Cooking Process

Press the “Start” button on your Instant Pot, and the cooking process will begin. It will take some time for the Instant Pot to come under pressure before the cooking starts.

Natural Release or Quick Release

After the cooking time is complete, you have two options for releasing pressure:

  • Natural Release: Allow the Instant Pot to depressurize naturally, which means you do nothing. This method is ideal for sticky rice as it absorbs any remaining moisture, resulting in perfectly sticky grains.
  • Quick Release: If you’re in a hurry, you can use the quick-release valve to release pressure immediately. However, this may result in slightly less sticky rice.

Fluff and Serve

Once the pressure is released, carefully open the Instant Pot’s lid. Use a fork or rice paddle to fluff the sticky rice gently. This step helps maintain the rice’s stickiness while separating the grains for an appealing texture.

Enjoy Perfect Sticky Rice

Your Instant Pot has simplified the process of making delicious sticky rice, and now you have a batch of perfectly cooked sticky rice ready to be served. Whether you’re using it for sushi, Thai mango sticky rice, or as a side dish for your favorite Asian meal, you can savor the satisfaction of homemade sticky rice with minimal effort.


Cooking sticky rice in your Instant Pot is an accessible and rewarding endeavor. By understanding the right ratios, cooking times, and pressure settings, you can consistently achieve the ideal sticky texture perfect for a wide range of dishes. Say goodbye to the challenges of achieving sticky rice perfection and hello to an essential ingredient that will elevate your Asian culinary adventures. With your newfound skill, you’re ready to enjoy the delightful world of sticky rice dishes from the comfort of your home kitchen.

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