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How To Make Fluffy Sticky Rice Like You're The Japanese

[Instant Pot/ Pressure Cook Recipe] How To Make Fluffy Sticky Rice Like You're The Japanese

Rico McConnellRico McConnell
Learn how to cook white rice (short, medium, and long grain rice) perfectly every time in easy few steps. It's the absolutely foolproof rice-cooking way and I'll never back to the rice cooker! Fluffy, sweet, delicious, easy, and quick. You can use your instant pot or your pressure cooker. If you've considered buying a rice cooker, get an Instant pot rather than it.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Natural Release 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 Instant pot/pressure cooker


  • 2 cups Any kind of white rice
  • 2 cups water


  • Place 2 cups of rice in an inner pot.

Rinse The Rice Twice

  • Add enough water to cover.
    *When using purified water for the initial rinse, the rice will be more delicious since the rice absorbs more water at this moment.
  • Drain the first water, and rinse the rice again.
    *You can use a mesh strainer if desired.

Wash The Rice

  • Make a claw and agitate the rice drawing a large circle. (about 10-20 times)
  • Add new water and rinse.
  • Repeat this washing process until the water becomes ALMOST clear.
    *As a guide, 2-3 times should be fine. Besides, avoid over-washing since the rice grain will be damaged.
  • Drain the water.
  • In this recipe of using a pressure cooker, don't let the rice soak in water even if using Japanese rice.

Cook The Rice

  • Add 2 cups of water. (The same amount of rice.)
  • Place the inner pot in the instant pot and lid on.
  • Close the lid and make sure that the steam release handle is pointing to “Sealing”.
  • Use manual "pressure cook" mode, not "rice" mode.
  • Turn off "keep warm".
  • Cook the rice on high pressure for 2 minutes.
  • "Natural Release". Wait for releasing air naturally. Do not use "Quick release".
    "It's the important process to make the fluffy, sticky, yummy rice.
  • After about 15-20 minutes, you can open the lid.
  • Fluff the rice with a wet spatula.



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Keyword Bento, Easy, Instantpot, Kid-friendly, Party, pressure cook, Rice