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What To Do If Your Instant Pot Rice Is Too Sticky

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Ready to make the perfect rice? You need to know the perfect rice to water ratio, what cooking time to use, what type of rice is best, and the best cooking method to use. Whether you use short grain or long grain rice, you need to make sure that you are consistent when measuring your cups of rice and cups of water. A good rule of thumb is a 1:1 ratio for sushi rice, otherwise known as sticky rice. 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of water.

I prefer to use this Instant Pot recipe for sticky rice. This recipe calls for sushi rice.

The problem with a lot of 'sticky rice' recipes is that they don't actually call for glutinous rice or Thai rice, which is what those recipes should use. Instead, they call for mainstream rice varieties that are easier to find in Western (American) grocery stores. However, if you want to truly make sticky rice and your grocery store doesn't carry glutinous or Thai rice (or sushi rice), do yourself a favor and visit a local Asian store and pick some up. You'll be happy you did.

With Instant Pot rice recipes, make sure to read the ingredients list and take note of the quantities. Since this is a different cooking method from a traditional stovetop, the amount of water used in the cooking process is often different than what you might be used to. Many times, less water is used than you might expect.

How Do You Fix Mushy Rice?

Now, no one wants mushy rice. There are actually several ways that you can try to rescue sticky rice grains. The best way is up for debate, but there are a few winners that are worthy of a try.

  1. Spread the rice out in a microwave-safe dish and microwave to cook out some of the moisture.
  2. Spread the rice out on a baking tray and bake at a low temperature. Again, the goal here is to remove moisture from as much rice as possible.
  3. Salt the rice and let it sit for 15 minutes and let it absorb the excess moisture.

What Can You Make with Sticky Rice?

If none of the above 'fixes' work to your liking, you can find other ways to use up that super sticky rice. Here are some ideas for you to try.

Make sticky rice bowls with savory ingredients like meat, seafood, tofu, or eggs.

Use it as a bed underneath stir-fried vegetables or other favorite stir fry recipes.

Mix the sticky rice with fruit and honey for a sweet treat that's perfect for breakfast or dessert.

  1. Make rice pudding or risotto with it.
  2. Sticky rice is actually one of the oldest forms of food known to mankind, so you really need to just give up on whatever ideas you had about how it should look and embrace what they are capable of becoming in your kitchen!
  3. If all else fails, feed that sticky rice to your pets. They won't complain about the texture, and it is really good to feed to pets with an upset stomach.

Can You Make Rice Pudding with Sticky Rice?

  1. Make a rice pudding. Even if you're not making it from scratch, you can still use these tasty ideas to make the best sticky rice pudding possible.
  2. Mix the sticky rice with milk, sugar or honey, and raisins. You can even add some cinnamon if you'd like.
  3. Add a scoop of ice cream to the top when serving it if desired.

How to Prevent Sticky Rice from Sticking to the Rice Cooker or Instant Pot?

If you are using a rice cooker, then it is best to use one that isn't nonstick. The rice will definitely stick since this type of cooker doesn't have a coating.

Rice cookers with stainless steel inner containers are great for sticky rice because there is no risk of leftovers sticking to them.

When using an Instant Pot, you must make sure that the cooking pot has been properly seasoned so it is non-stick. You can oil or use butter to prevent the rice from sticking if needed. Make sure not to let the rice sit in the Instant Pot after it is finished cooking and releases pressure naturally, as this may result in the rice sticking.

What Type of Rice to Use for Sticky Rice?

Now that you know what type of rice to use for sticky rice, it is time to make a decision about which kind to actually purchase! Yes, you can do this too! You must decide whether to either buy glutinous or Thai sticky rice.

Glutinous and Thai sticky rice is not the same thing. My advice would be to try them both and decide for yourself which one is your favorite.

Glutinous or sweet rice is used in many Asian desserts like sticky rice, Khanom chin (Thai coconut pudding), and mochi (Japanese rice cakes).

Cooking with glutinous rice is the same as other types of rice, but you must remember that it will be very sticky when finished cooking.

Thai or jasmine (also known as fragrant) rice is a bit different than glutinous rice in terms of how it tastes and its texture. Thai sticky rice does not get nearly as sticky as glutinous rice when cooked and is usually eaten as a main dish with sides like vegetables or meat. Thai sticky rice is also perfect for making fried rice!

While these are the two most popular types of rice used for sticky rice, there are other options as well. Brown, red, and black sticky rice can all be used to make sticky rice, although they will likely take longer to cook and remain a bit crunchy after being cooked.

In Japan sticky rice is called "mochi" or "komochi", and it can be purchased at Asian grocery stores. Mochi rice flour is also used to make mochi ice cream!

You may also be able to find a version of sticky rice made from brown rice in health food stores or other similar locations.

Easiest Ways to Use the Rice Setting on Electric Pressure Cooker

Whether you're making basmati rice, wild rice, or some other Instant Pot rice recipe, using the rice button on the Instant Pot is an easy way to make all different kinds of rice in your pressure cooker inner pot. Next time you're making rice make sure to use these quick tips:

  1. Rinse your dry rice in a colander for several minutes. It doesn't have to be a long time, but you want to make sure it is rinsed really well. Alternatively, you can soak your rice in enough water to cover it and then rinse it after you drain off the water you used to soak it. The purpose of this is to remove the excess starch from the rice. I normally uses cold water instead of hot water to rinse the rice.
  2. Use a fork or rice fluffer to achieve fluffy rice. This is possible with a variety of rice, and certainly better with jasmine rice or brown rice than with sticky rice.
  3. Be careful not to use excess water. The ratio of rice to water is important and you don't want to end up with rice that has too much water soaked up.

How to Store Rice

Keep uncooked rice in an airtight container at room temperature. It's a good idea to stock up on rice when you see your favorite varieties go on sale. Whatever your personal preference is for the type of rice you like, you will want to make sure to keep it stored and sealed tightly so as to not attract bugs or stored product pests. While pest control is always good to have on hand, it is better to preemptively avoid attracting pests.

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