WOO HOO! I did a happy dance in my kitchen after this recipe turned out really well! If you google “sticky white rice for instant pot,” you get A LOT of random instructions/blogs but I am here to tell you that there is a LEGIT way to make sticky white rice (Japanese/Korean style) in the instant pot and it is SO easy. Just a note: sticky white rice is short grain white rice, very different from long grain white rice, which is drier and more fluffy.
Just so you know, I normally use a Zojirushi rice cooker and the results are comparable. My Zoji has a “quick rice” function and can cook it in 20 minutes – the same time it takes to use the Instant Pot. The rice from the Instant Pot is a bit more al dente. I used the 1:1 ratio that the Instant Pot website itself recommended, but I was dubious. When I normally make rice in the rice cooker, I use 1.5 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice. But I tried it with that ratio in the Instant Pot and guess what – it was watery! I had to make jook out of it. The Instant Pot site claimed that because there is no evaporation in the IP, to use less water when making rice, and they were right.
- Wash and rinse 2 cups*** of rice (use same measuring cup for entire recipe). I rinse it 5-7 times because I like it less starchy, but do it at least 3x. Make sure you are grabbing rice by the handful and rubbing it when rinsing to clean it well. Drain as much water as possible. Pour clean rice into the Instant Pot.
- Add 2 cups of water (USE THE SAME CUP YOU USED TO MEASURE RICE). Close/lock lid, set valve to “Sealing,” press RICE, and WALK AWAY.
It automatically cooks at low pressure and you cannot adjust the cooking time because the pot will magically figure it out for you!!! Now here is the most important part: When it is finished cooking, LEAVE IT ALONE FOR TEN MINUTES. The natural pressure release (NPR) is really crucial to making sure your rice is well cooked. I skipped that part the last time and my rice was crunchy (ew). The other amazing part is that the rice does not stick to the pot! If you want it with less bite, you can soak the rice for about 30 min before cooking.
Make sure you save leftovers to make this kimchi fried rice the next day!
**Modify the recipe to use the same cups of rice AND water, e.g. 3 cups of rice = 3 cups of water, 4 cups of rice = 4 cups of water.