Thai Sticky Rice
The best recipe for authentic Thai Sticky Rice cooked in a steaming basket the way that it’s really made in Thailand. My absolute favorite way to eat Thai rice and it comes out perfectly every time!
Mr. Wishes got me the most amazing Christmas present a few years ago – this Thai sticky rice steaming basket. He ripped on me and nagged me to death (just kidding, honey) because it took me a whole YEAR to finally use it. It was literally the following December that I finally busted it out for the first time. It was kind of one of those “out of sight, out of mind” things because it was a space-taker-upper so when we lived in the apartment I used to stash it away in a closet because I didn’t have the counter space and it was just forgotten about. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my gift – I LOVED it…LOVE LOVE LOVE. I was just neglectful of it. Now that I’ve gotten a taste of what this baby can do, it’s never going to be forgotten about again.
OK, I’ll tell you what the gift was. It was a Thai sticky rice kit. It includes a quality aluminum steaming pot imported from Thailand, a steaming basket, cheesecloth and 5 whole pounds of sticky rice. FYI: Thai sticky rice is also known as “sweet rice” or “glutinous rice”. The label “sticky” is fitting, as the cooked rice can be pinched off in clumps that holds together firmly. Technically, that’s the way you are supposed to eat it – with your fingers. I always feel judged by the people sitting around me when I eat it this way in a Thai restaurant but don’t care enough to stop. I’m just so proper like that.
I am absolutely crazy about Thai food. When we lived in the apartment we had the BEST EVER Thai restaurant right across the street from us called Phuket Thai. We were there often……..I won’t even tell you how often because it’s embarrassing. This is the place that got me hooked on sticky rice. I absolutely needed to learn how to make it at home. I tried time and time again but never could quite get it the same as the restaurants. The texture just was never right. This kit changed that all for me and I can make the perfect Thai sticky rice anytime I want right in my own kitchen. This is great since we have now moved to a house over a half hour away from our go-to Thai restaurant!
I like to make it on a day I plan to be home because the rice has to soak for 4-6 hours before it’s steamed. Totally worth it. At times, I have soaked the rice overnight or set it in a bowl on the counter when I left for the day. After the soaking period, it’s super simple. You just put in the basket wrapped with cheese cloth and let it cook. That’s all there is to it.
This goes great as a side dish to any Thai dish (my favorites being this Pad Thai or Peanut Chicken Tacos) and it’s best dipped in some peanut sauce! If I didn’t bore you to tears yet and you are still reading, God bless your soul. For a light meal, this Thai sticky rice would go well with this Thai Cashew Chicken Salad from my friend Tanya. Have a great day!
- Thai Sticky Rice (must use this rice and not a substitute), also known as "sweet rice" or "glutinous rice"
- Rinse rice 2-3 times, until water runs clear.
- Place rinsed rice in a bowl and fill with cool water so the water is approximately 2-3 inches above the rice).
- Let the rice stand in water for 6-8 hours. Drain the rice, place it in a cheesecloth, wrap it up and put the cheesecloth inside bamboo steamer.
- Put 6-8 cups of water in sticky rice steamer. Then place bamboo steamer inside sticky rice steamer. Be sure the bottom of the bamboo steamer does not touch the boiling water. Place a standard 8 inch lid loosely over the top of the bamboo steamer.
- Now turn on the heat (Med/High) and steam the rice for 45 minutes (or until tender). Enjoy!