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Lemongrass Pork Skewer with fresh veggies and sticky rice

The Quickest Instant Pot Sticky Rice

No more fussing trying to make the perfect sticky rice! This method requires no soaking, foolproof and lightning quick. See the notes if you want to make double.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: asian, rice
Cook Time: 16 minutes
time to come to pressure: 5 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 2


  • Instant Pot, multicooker or pressure cooker
  • 20cm/8 inch metal cake pan
  • Aluminium foil sling (optional) OR heatproof gloves to lift cake pan out
  • Trivet to stand cake pan on
  • Measuring cup, spoons OR digital scale



  • 1 cup (212g) sticky/glutinous rice
  • cup + 2 teaspoons (150g) water
  • pinch salt

Water for the pot

  • 2 cups freshly boiled water (to be placed in the inner pot beneath the trivet/cake pan)


  • If you don't have heatproof gloves, make a sling from aluminium foil to lower the cake pan in and then out again when it's done. Place the cake pan on top with the rice (don't add the water yet).
  • Plug in and turn on your Instant Pot/multicooker.
  • Add 2 cups freshly boiled water in the bottom of inner pot.
  • Add the trivet.
  • Lower the cake pan with the rice in it down in to the inner pot and on top of the trivet.
  • Add the water to the rice.
  • Use a large spoon to make sure all the rice is under water. You can also shuffle the Instant Pot gently to do the same.
  • If using a sling, roll the sling arms down so that lid can be closed.
  • Tuck the slings in to the side.
  • Place and lock the lid/seal the vent.
  • Set the timer for 10 minutes at high pressure. Once the time is up, allow to naturally release pressure for 6 minutes before releasing the valve and carefully lifting the cake pan out.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and then serve immediately. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a day and reheat in the microwave.


To make double (using 2 cups of dry rice):
For 2 cups of rice (424g), use 1 ⅓ cups + 4 teaspoons water (300g total water).
Add 2 cups of freshly boiled water to the inner pot.
Cook for 20 mins at high pressure followed by immediate pressure release.