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How to cook Sticky Rice (Glutinous Rice) in 2 Easy Ways

Cooking sticky rice (glutinous rice) at home is easy and can be customized to your liking. Today, you'll see how you can make sticky rice delicious in a kabocha squash or steamed in a bamboo steamer. Give this recipe a try and enjoy with your friends and family today!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Soak the rice4 hrs
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Glutinousrice, Stickyrice
Servings: 4
Author: woonheng


  • Steamer


  • 1 Kabocha squash ~1kg or 2.2lbs
  • cups glutinous rice soaked for at least 4 hours, drained
  • 4 dried Shiitake mushrooms softened and reserve the water
  • ¼ cup roasted chestnuts
  • ¼ cup raw peanuts (boil to soften)
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • oil for cooking

Seasoning and Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegan 'oyster' sauce
  • tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of liquid* water + mushrooms water
  • a drizzle of toasted sesame oil


How to cook Sticky Rice

  • Soak glutinous rice overnight or as directed on package.
  • To cook the sticky rice, lay a damp cloth on the inner steamer rack.
  • Spread the presoaked rice on top and steam over high heat for 20 minutes.

Seasoning and Sauce

  • Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan with 1 tablespoon of oil and sautè mushrooms until fragrant.
  • Then sauté shallots until they turn translucent.
  • Add in the peanuts, chestnuts and season with the sauce ingredients.
  • Bring the mixture to boil, then lower heat to medium and cook for ~1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the steamed rice and toss by mixing the rice with spatula until all the sauce has been absorbed.

Method 1: How to cook rice in Kabocha Squash

  • To prepare the Kabocha squash, cut part of the top off and scoop out the seeds.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F and prepare a baking sheet.
  • Spoon the cooked rice into the squash. Then, place the squash upside down on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until the squash is fork-tender.
  • To serve, cut open the squash into wedges and serve warm.

Method 2: How to cook rice in Bamboo Steamer

  • Lay a damp cloth in the inner bamboo rack.
  • Transfer cooked rice to the bamboo steamer and steam over high heat for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm with chili sauce.


  • Total liquid for the sauce is 1 cup. I used the water that I soaked the mushrooms with plus some fresh filtered water to make it to 1 cup. 
  • Reserve the Kabocha seeds to make pumpkin seeds for snacks.
  • Try my homemade Vegan 'Oyster' Sauce if you can't find the store-bought version.