SAHD Recipe: 5-minute Coconut Sticky Rice With Mango

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another installment of the SAHD recipe. Today, we’ll make our favorite Thai dessert – Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango. Better yet, we’ll do this in 5 minutes. That’s right. You can have an awesome dessert in 5 minutes. Anyone can make this. There are some very important steps so pay attention now.

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*See video at the end of the post.

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: around 5 minutes

coconut sticky rice mango


This makes about 3 servings.


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You need to get the right kind of rice. I look for a bag with Thai “sticky rice” or “sweet rice” on the label. Unfortunately, I have never seen this in a regular grocery store. You’ll need to visit your Asian grocery store to buy this rice. This sticky rice is more glutinous and it’s a tiny bit sweeter than regular rice.

Traditionally, people cook this rice in a steamer. You can’t use the rice cooker for this because it’ll turn mushy. However, it turns out the microwave can cook this rice really well. I have no idea why, but it does.

To prep, we need to wash this rice gently just once. Then soak it for at least 1 hour. I soaked the rice in the video overnight because I wasn’t able to make it as planned. Overnight is okay too.

Coconut milk

The coconut milk is very important in this dish. I used the 8.5 oz box from Aroy-D and it was the perfect amount. If you can’t find the small box, you can use 1 cup of coconut milk from anything you can find. Unfortunately, most brands are not that good. You’ll probably have to try and see how it goes. I like these brands.

Prep summary

  • Soak the rice for at least 1 hour, overnight is okay too.
  • Cut up the mango.
  • Open the coconut milk container before you start cooking.

Make it

  • Drain the water from the rice. Add new water until it just covers the rice.
  • Put cling wrap on top of the dish.
  • Microwave for 4 minutes. This step is somewhat tricky. After the microwave dings, check the rice. If it’s a little crunchy and really dry, you will need to add a little water and microwave it another minute. It depends on your microwave. In the video, it came out just right.
  • While the rice is heating, put the saucepan on the stove and turn the heat up to medium-low.
  • Add the coconut milk before the pan gets hot.
  • Add salt and sugar. Go light on the salt. Taste it and see if it’s good.
  • Stir until the salt and sugar melted. Don’t let the coconut milk boil because it will curdle. Turn the heat down a bit as needed.
  • When the rice is done. Add 1/3 of the coconut milk mixture into the bowl and gently mix it in. The rice should absorb the coconut milk.
  • Add the other 1/3 and gently stir.
  • For the last 1/3, add a bit at a time. We want the rice to be just a little wet, not floating in coconut milk.
  • It’s okay to have some leftover coconut milk mixture. I used it in my coffee and it was great.


  • Put some coconut rice on the plate and add mango. If you have any coconut milk mixture left, spoon a tablespoon or 2 on the mango. Enjoy!

Video at YouTube

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