How to Cook Sticky Rice in Microwave (วิธีหุงข้าวเหนียวในไมโครเวฟ)

Sticky rice is typically eaten with Thai North Eastern dishes (e.g. Som Tum, Larb, etc). However, they’re normally a pain to make – they need to be soaked overnight, and cooked in a special bamboo container over a pot of water.

This is a very easy method – no overnight soaking, no special vessels required. It probably only works in small portions, but it works a treat!


Serves: 2

What you need:

  • 1 cup sticky rice
  • 1 cup kettle-boiled hot water

How to put this together:

  1. Wash & drain sticky rice
  2. In a microwave-safe container, soak sticky rice with hot water. Leave it soaking in hot water for 15 mins. Stirring with a fork once half way through, and once again at the end of soak time.
  3. Cover the container with cling film, and pierce a few holes
  4. Microwave on high (800 W) for 3 mins
  5. Very carefully peel off the cling film (steam burn is the least fun you can have in the kitchen). Stir with a fork.
  6. Put cling film back on. Microwave on high (800 W) for another 3 mins
  7. Stir with a fork again
  8. Put cling film back on. Microwave on medium (400 W) for 1 min
  9. Stir with a fork. Leave the rice to air un-covered for 3 mins before covering with a lid