Thai Sticky Rice


  • Sieve
  • Bamboo steamer
  • Pot/Wok that the steamer will fit on top of
  • Food-safe & heat-safe cloth sack that the rice will go in


  • Thai Sweet Rice (glutinous) about .5 cup uncooked per serving.
  • A lot of water
  • Coconut Milk (optional)
  • Lemongrass (optional)


  1. Wash and rinse rice until water runs nearly clear
  2. Soak rice in room temp water for at least 4 hours (up to 12 hours)
    • A small amount of coconut milk or can be added to the water
  3. Drain rice and pour into a cheesecloth or hemp sack and place on a bamboo steamer (above a pot/wok of boiling water of course).
  4. Steam rice for ~20-30 minutes.
    • You can place a few smashed stems of Lemongrass in the steamer basket below the rice sack

This recipe assumes you don’t have a traditional Thai bamboo steaming cone. Because if you did, you probably don’t need to read this 🙂

Love, Jimi

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