How to Make Sticky Rice for Sushi

Making sticky rice for sushi is not difficult, but it does require a bit of planning ahead. The most important thing to remember when cooking this type of food item on the stovetop or an outdoor grill (or even in your oven) – keep checking up continually so that nothing burns! 

What is sticky rice and where does it come from?

Sticky rice, also known as glutinous rice, is a type of rice that is native to Southeast Asia. It is called “sticky” because of its high starch content, which makes it sticky when cooked. This type of rice is often used in Asian dishes, such as sushi, and can be found in most Asian markets.

There are two types of sticky rice – white sticky rice and black sticky rice. White sticky rice is the most common type used in sushi recipes. Black sticky rice has a slightly sweeter flavor and is commonly used in desserts.

To cook sushi rice, you will need a medium-sized saucepan with a lid. Rinse the rice several times with water to remove any impurities. Add the rice to the saucepan along with 1 cup of water for each cup of rice. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes to absorb the water. Fluff the rice with a fork, then serve.

Sticky rice recipes

There are many ways to enjoy sticky rice, both sweet and savory. Here are some of our favorite recipes:

  • Sticky rice with mango. This classic Thai dessert is made with cooked sticky rice, fresh mango, and coconut milk.
  • Vegetarian sushi. Sushi doesn’t have to be made with fish! Try this vegetarian version made with sticky rice, avocado, cucumber, and pickled ginger.
  • Grilled chicken skewers. These chicken skewers are marinated in a sweet and savory sauce, then grilled to perfection. Serve them over a bed of sticky rice for a complete meal.
  • Spicy tuna rolls. These sushi rolls are packed with flavor from the spicy tuna filling and the crispy vegetables. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi for dipping.

Serving suggestions for sticky rice

  • As a side dish. Sticky rice pairs well with grilled meats or fish, as well as stir-fries and other Asian-inspired dishes.
  • As a main dish. Make a meal out of sticky rice by adding your favorite toppings, such as vegetables, chicken, shrimp, or tofu.
  • As a dessert. For a sweet treat, try sticky rice with mango or another fruit of your choice. You can also top it with coconut milk or ice cream.

No matter how you enjoy it, sticky rice is a delicious and versatile food that can be used in many different recipes. Give it a try the next time you’re in the mood for something different!