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Vegan Sticky Rice Recipe

Vegan Sticky Rice Recipe
vegan sticky rice

Vegan Sticky Rice

Simple, yet flavorful, sticky rice is one of my all-time favorite desserts. And since you all have been so good this year, I thought I would share my vegan sticky rice recipe with you. Since I am super into quality kitchen equipment (hey, I’m a chef, after all!) I use cheesecloth, a rice cooker, and a bamboo steamer, but the substitutions listed below will also work. Quick word of advice though: sticky rice really is sticky–they weren’t kidding about the name! I always dip my spoon in a little warm water before scooping up the rice, because with a recipe this good, you’re going to want to eat every grain.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • Steamer or bamboo steamer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cheesecloth or clean kitchen towel
  • Rice cooker or large pot with a steaming basket
  • Wooden spoon or spatula


  • 2 cups glutinous rice sweet rice
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Banana leaves or parchment paper for steaming


  • Rinse the glutinous rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Line the steamer basket with banana leaves or parchment paper. If using banana leaves, cut them into squares and briefly pass them over an open flame to make them pliable.
  • Drain the soaked rice and spread it evenly on the prepared banana leaves or parchment paper. Steam the rice over boiling water for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Check the water level periodically to ensure it doesn't dry out.
  • While the rice is steaming, in a saucepan, combine coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  • Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Pour half of the coconut sauce over the rice and gently fold until well combined. Allow it to sit for a few minutes for the rice to absorb the flavors.
  • Serve the sticky rice on plates or in bowls, drizzled with the remaining coconut sauce. Optionally, top with fresh fruits or toasted sesame seeds for extra flavor and texture.
  • Enjoy your vegan sticky rice as a delightful dessert or sweet treat!


Calories: 400 | Total Fat: 15g | Total Carbohydrates: 60g | Dietary Fiber: 1g | Protein: 4g

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