Instant Pot Glutinous Rice

Glutinous rice in a blue bowl topped with black sesame

Want some good, satisfying, and easy-to-make side dish with your curry, stir-fries, or something?

Then you should consider our quick and easiest recipe of Instant Pot Glutinous Rice!

Glutinous rice in a blue bowl topped with black sesame

Glutinous Rice doesn't mean this dish contains gluten. It doesn't!

This name is just because of the glue-like consistency of this rice also known as sticky rice. Most of the people seem to like them and use to roll them on sushi or have them as a main course with any gravy or something.

Why This Recipe Works

Glutinous Rice is normally cooked in bamboo baskets but here, making them in an Instant Pot is like a lifesaver for us! It takes less than half of the time to cook rice in an Instant Pot, cutting down so many steps and serving us the same sticky rice with delicious flavor and health benefits!

Making Glutinous Rice in an Instant Pot is a very easy and quick task to do and if it's just taking 12 minutes to cook then why not??

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Recipe Ingredients

Thai Rice - It's a kind of rice that turns sticky when cooked because it absorbs water more evenly during steaming. They are health-friendly and help in slowing down digestion and in lowering the insulin level. Wash them thoroughly and soak them for 2-3 hours before cooking!

Water - We just need half a cup of it for steaming purposes!

How to make

Gather the ingredients.

Take an Instant Pot and place a steamer basket properly into it.

Add ½ cup of Water to it first.

Now, add a cup of already washed, drained, and soaked Thai Rice to it.

Spread them evenly.

Cover the lid and press 'Rice' at low for 12 minutes.

After 12 minutes, Give the Rice a natural release, this will allow the rice to sit for a while, making them more sticky and perfect to eat!

Dish out the Rice. Sprinkle some black seeds on it and Enjoy!

How to Serve

You can serve the delicious Glutinous Rice with any kind of curry if you are making it for lunch or dinner purposes, or any fried item with a delicious sauce.

For dessert purposes, You can have the Glutinous Rice with mangoes 🙂 This is considered a well-liked treat in Thailand!

Or you can have it as it is. More simpler-More healthier 🙂


Can I use any other rice to make Glutinous Rice?

Yes, You can use Arborio Rice as a good substitute for Thai Rice. They too become very chewy and soft after being cooked.

Can I store the rice?

Yes but only for 1-2 days! Because they become hard more quickly as compared to normal rice. Put them in a zip-close bag and refrigerate them. You can also freeze it for 1-2 months but its stickiness won't remain the same as it was before.

Can I use Sushi Rice for this dish?

Sushi Rice can also be used to make sticky rice but to use sushi rice, check out the Sushi Rice recipe.

Can I cook any other dish using Glutinous Rice?

Yes Obviously! You can cook a number of dishes using these sticky rice like you can use them as dumplings filling, Or you can make sushi with it, You can also make sweet sticky rice cake and a variety other of dishes using the Glutinous Rice!

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Instant Pot Glutinous Rice

A simple recipe of glutinous rice that can be made easily in Instant Pot…
4.77 from 17 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Keyword: easy recipe, Glutinous Rice, instant pot, rice, simple and quick, steaming basket
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 1 cup Thai Rice washed and soaked
  • ½ cup Water


  • Place a steamer basket in an Instant Pot.
  • Pour ½ cup of water into the pot.
  • Add 1 cup of Thai rice to it.
  • Cover the lid properly. Press 'Rice' at low and set the timings at 12 minutes.
  • Open the lid and give it a natural release.
  • Sprinkle the black seeds on top and serve! 🙂


Calories: 169kcal Carbohydrates: 37g Protein: 3g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 4mg Potassium: 53mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Calcium: 14mg Iron: 1mg



  • Before cooking, wash the rice properly until water runs clear and soak them for an or hour two.
  • If you want less sticky rice, soak them for 40 minutes. It would be quite enough.
  • We give this rice, a natural release because the more the rice sits into steam, the more they become stickier. But if you want only that gluey consistency in rice when it's cooked, then you can give the rice a careful quick release.
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