Blue bowl filled with cooked Thai sticky rice and a gold spoon.

Thai Sticky Rice

Thai Sticky rice is a staple in Northern Thai cuisine and can now be enjoyed in your own home using common kitchen tools.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Thai Sticky Rice
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Renee Fuentes


  • 1 Cup Thai Sweet or Glutinous Rice Do not use Jasmine or long grain rice.
  • Water For soaking rice and to fill pan more than halfway.


  1. Soak 1 cup of Thai Sweet Rice or Glutinous Rice in a bowl with 2 cups of water for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Drain rice over splatter guard and place over a skillet that is filled with water more than halfway.

  3. Have rice in a mound then flattened to cook evenly. Use the same bowl you soaked the rice in and dome it.

  4. Bring water to a boil then lower to a gentle boil. After 10 minutes flip rice over and cook for an additional 7-10 minutes or until rice is soft and sticky. If using more than 1 cup of rice, you will need a longer cooking time.

Recipe Notes

Sticky Rice needs to be kept warm, otherwise, it will dry out. 

Options: Wrap in Plastic wrap, place in a container with a lid, or use a traditional sticky rice holder.