Photo of sticky rice cooking in the Microwave

Microwave Sticky Rice Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: how to cook sticky rice, microwave sticky rice, sticky rice microwave recipe, thai glutinous rice, thai sticky rice
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Phasinee Doddeo
Cost: $1.50
For the quickest method of cooking sticky rice that is almost as good as the best method you should try this microwave sticky rice recipe.
The results are fantastically better than expected.
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  • Microwave


  • 2 cups Glutinous Rice
  • 1 pints Fresh Drinking Water


Washing the Sticky Rice

  • Place sticky rice in a large bowl and cover with fresh water. Agitate with your fingers swirling the rice around and watch the water go cloudy. Drain out the cloudy water, refill with fresh water, agitate again and drain.
  • Repeat the drain, refill, wiggle around steps until the water is reasonably clear.

Soaking the Sticky Rice

  • Place the washed sticky rice in a heatproof & microwave-safe bowl and cover with boiling water - just enough water to cover.
  • Leave to soak for 15 minutes.

Microwaving the Sticky Rice

  • Place your heatproof, microwave-safe bowl with the rice and enough drinking water to be level with the top of the rice, into an 850W microwave.
  • Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe lid to restrict steam escaping but not to seal it entirely otherwise pressure will build up in the container which is bad.
  • Microwave on full power for 7 minutes non-stop.
  • Remove bowl from microwave whilst wearing protectors as the bowl will be very hot as will the steam escaping from around the lid.
  • Carefully remove the lid by tilting it so that the opening edge faces away from you to avoid the steam rising into your face.
  • Using a fork, fluff up and mix the rice together thoroughly and replace the lid.
  • Put the covered bowl and rice back into the microwave and wave at full power for another 3 minutes.

Finish & Serve

  • Remove the bowl from the microwave and take off the lid in the same way as before. Tip the rice out onto a clean, flat surface and spread out to allow the steam to escape.
  • Gather the rice together loosely with your fingers as soon as the rice has cooled just enough to handle and place into your serving bowl or individual sticky rice baskets and serve.


Serving: 25g | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg