Thai Sticky Rice With Nam Pla and Coconut Milk

Total Time
2hrs 2mins
Prep 2 mins
Cook 2 hrs

We should just call this Happiness Rice, I think. From Bittman's, "The Best Recipes in the World."


  1. Rinse rice. Soak it in water to cover for at least 1 hr and up to 24.
  2. Drain, then wrap in cheesecloth. Put in a steamer above boiling water. Steam for about 30 minutes until tender.
  3. Toss cooked rice with coconut milk and nam pla. Rewrap and steam (or microwave) for 5 more minutes to reheat.
Most Helpful

I enjoyed the rice with coconut milk. I used another recipe and actually steamed the rice in corn husks. Thanks! Made for ZWT 2013 for team Hot Stuff.

Sharon123 August 27, 2013

This was a little involved for sticky rice but placed along side left over Spicy Thai-Style Chicken, it was delicious. The wrapping in cheesecloth was a little difficult for me because of the heat and I was very hesitant to wrap it after mixing in the coconut milk and fish sauce, but wanted to follow the recipe directions. I didn't care for the coconut milk in the rice by itself, but mixed with other Asian flavors it was great. Thanks for sharing Debbie. Made for ZWT 6 :)

~Nimz~ May 22, 2010