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Perfect Instant Pot Sticky Rice

Perfect Instant Pot Sticky Rice Posted on 11/04/20193 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

I’ve been on a Japanese food kick lately. I’ve been collecting recipes over on my Pinterest board, taking inspiration from my Wagamama cookbook, and also exploring this wonderful book by vegan-cheese-Queen Miyoko Schinner.

Because I was feeling Very Sad one day last week, I grabbed my old lady shopping trolley on wheels and I bought myself a tram day ticket and I trammed it on over to IKEA to soothe my troubled soul with pot plants and vegan pick n’ mix (and hot dog and fries). Then I pottered on over to the Chinese supermarket and stocked up on tofu, tamari, rice vinegar, mirin, and other bits and bobs. Stocking the cupboards always feels good when life is out of control, dunnit?

As I launched into my attempts at nasu no dengaku (fried eggplant with miso sauce), kara-age tempeh (crispy fried tempeh), teriyaki tofu, and cucumber salad, I looked for ways to simplify my sticky rice. I did what I always do when I want to simplify rice: search for Instant Pot recipes.

A wooden table with bowls of sticky rice, sticky miso eggplant, tofu, and cucumber salad, as well as some veggie potstickers.

But that didn’t simplify things – the first few Instant Pot recipes I found called for a steamer attachment I don’t have. So I experimented and ended up with a No Steamer Required recipe I was happy with.

You can read the recipe below and/or you can watch this YouTube vloggo I did in which I also cook up some tasty miso tofu.

Perfect Instant Pot Sticky Rice

This will produce reliably delicious sticky rice in your Instant Pot every time, no steamer required!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Natural release10 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup sticky rice
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 dash sesame oil
  • 1 dash mirin
  • 1 dash rice vinegar


  • Rinse the rice thoroughly until the water runs clear.
  • Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot. Set to sealing and cook on rice setting for 8 minutes.
  • Make sure you allow the steam to escape naturally. This takes no more than 10 minutes for me.
  • Serve fresh and hot!


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Do you have any Japanese food favourites, friends? I am planning to make my own dumplings soon, and maybe an onigiri or two. Hbu? 🍱

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  1. I love Japanese food! Eggplant dengaku and agedashi tofu are two of my favourites. But I also love cold somen noodle salads, ramen, inari, sushi…. basically anything. I have that Miyoko Japanese cookbook, which I love. I also have a fancy one called Kansha, which is much more involved. I’ve made a few of the simpler things from there, but it is mostly a look at the pretty pictures book. Thankfully we have a few vegan friendly Japanese restaurants around here as well.

    1. Yes to agedashi tofu! I am always in amazement when silken tofu is deep fried and keeps its shape. That cookbook looks super lovely and I might splash out on payday. Pretty pictures are always good 😀

  2. I love japanese food so much! I’ll definitely be trying this out soon and exploring some japanese cooking at home (I generally save it for eating out treats, so maybe it’s time for some home adventures!)

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