How to Cook Sticky Rice in a Rice Cooker

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Things You'll Need

  • Short grain Japanese rice

  • Fine mesh strainer

  • Rice cooker

Cook Sticky Rice in a Rice Cooker

Sticky rice, also known as Japanese rice, becomes sticky when it is cooked, and is used frequently in Japanese cuisine--particularly sushi. However, it can be served with a variety of different dishes. Using this simple method, you can make your own sticky rice in an electric rice cooker. This recipe makes approximately four servings.


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Step 1

Place 2 cups short grain rice into a fine mesh strainer. Place the strainer under cold running water, and rinse thoroughly for several minutes. Continue until the water runs clear.

Step 2

Pour the rice into the rice cooker. Add 2.5 cups water and allow the rice to sit for 15-30 minutes without turning on the rice cooker. This allows the rice to absorb water prior to cooking, which is essential for making sticky rice.


Step 3

Top off the water, until the measurement is once again 2.5 cups. Use the measurement marks on the side of the rice cooker as a guide. If your rice cooker doesn't have these marks, simply add ½ cup water, as this is the amount typically absorbed in 15-30 minutes.

Step 4

Turn on the rice cooker, and cook for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The turn off the heat and allow the rice to steam for an additional 15 minutes.


Step 5

Open the lid and stir the rice. All the water should be absorbed, and the sticky rice consistency should be apparent. Serve warm or cold, depending on the dish.


For best results, use Japanese rice such as Nishiki or Hikari to make sticky rice. Serve the sticky rice with soy sauce, vegetables or meat, or with any of your favorite Japanese dishes.


Do not attempt to make sticky rice using long grain rice. It is drier and will not stick together like short grain rice when cooked.