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Thai Mango Sweet Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice, the classic Thai and Southeast Asian dessert that combines sweet sticky smothered in coconut sauce and fresh, juicy mangoes. It’s such a lovely and gorgeous flavor combination.

This mango sticky rice dessert is such a guilty pleasure of mine, and definitely one of my all-time favorite desserts. It is also dairy free and vegan friendly.

A plate of Mango and Sticky Rice

If you like mango desserts, don’t forget to also check out these delicious Mango Crumb Bars. It’s another one of my most popular dessert on the blog and so very delicious!

What is Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sweet Sticky Rice is a popular Southeast Asian dessert that is thoroughly enjoyed all over the world today. And you can even find it in most Thai restaurants across the United States as well.

The mangos used in Thai mango sticky rice are very ripe, juicy and sweet, not the green sour kind. In fact, the riper and sweet the mangoes, the better it is.

The sweet mangoes are paired with sticky sweet steamed glutinous rice, which unlike most rice, is traditionally steamed, not boiled. Glutinous rice is drizzled with a creamy and rich coconut sauce, which really gives it its signature flavor.

You can use other rice to make mango sticky rice, such as jasmine, sushi rice etc, but traditionally glutinous rice is used because of its fragrance and sticky texture.



It may seem like a complex dessert, but truly Mango Sweet Sticky Rice calls for only few ingredients and little time in the kitchen, and you can indulge in all the Mango Sticky Rice magic you want.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • glutinous rice – or sometimes called sweet rice. It’s mainly grown in Southeast and East Asian, has opaque grains, and is sticky when it is cooked. It is used in a lot of Asian dessert recipes, and is typically steamed, not boiled in water. If you cannot find it in regular grocery stores, they sell it in Asian grocery stores, or get it online here. This is different from jasmine rice or sushi rice, although you can use those rice as well if in a pinch. Your mango sticky rice will taste slightly different than what you’ve had in Thai restaurants if you do not use glutinous rice.
  • mangoes – use ripe and sweet mangoes, not sour, green ones. The sweeter the mangoes, the better!
  • coconut milk – canned coconut milk is used for this. Avoid the low fat ones for best taste and flavor. coconut cream works great as well.
  • granulated sugar
  • corn starch – used to thicken the coconut sauce
  • salt
Sticky rice with fresh sliced mangoes and coconut sauce

How to make Mango Sweet Sticky Rice?

There are three key components in our Mango Sticky Rice recipe:

  • sweet sticky rice
  • coconut sauce
  • mangoes

Step 1: Soak and steam glutinous rice

Whenever I have my heart set on making mango sticky rice, the very first thing I do (which is also the longest part of the process that you will need to prepare ahead of time) is to soak the glutinous rice.

If you are not using glutinous rice, you will probably not need to soak it (jasmine, sushi, basmati etc).

Glutinous rice needs to be soaked for about 2 hours, or up to overnight.

When it is done soaking, drain water and steam it in a steamer.

If you have a steamer, steam it for 20-30 minutes. Check at the 20 minute mark to see if rice has softened, and it is no longer hard in the middle when you bite into it.

How to steam glutinous rice without a steamer?

If you do not have a steamer, no worries! You can totally still make mango sticky rice!

Here is how I “make” a steamer using a pot and some aluminum foil.

  • Fill pot with water, then shape aluminum foil into three equal sized balls.
  • Place the aluminum balls at the bottom of the pot.
  • Place a metal plate (or a plate that can withstand the high heat) with the rice on it, on the aluminum foil balls. Remember you will need something to lift the hot plate out when it is all done.
  • Once the water boils, steam rice for 20-30 minutes. Similarly, check at the 20 minute mark.
aluminum foil balls at the bottom of the pot filled with water
Place aluminum foil balls at the bottom of a pot filled with water
Homemade steamer to make glutinuous rice
Place a plate of rice on aluminum foil balls

If you have an Instant Pot, most of them have a steaming setting as well!

Step 2: Make Coconut Sauce

While waiting for the rice to cook, prepare the sweet coconut sauce.

Sweet coconut sauce = the must-have secret that makes your mango sticky rice AMAZING.

Grab a pot and combine coconut milk and sugar. Bring to a boil, then pour 1/2 of the sauce into a small bowl and set aside. This will be mixed into the rice once the rice is ready.

The rest of the coconut milk and sugar that is in the pot will be used to make the sweet coconut sauce that we will drizzled onto the mango sticky rice at the very end.

We will want to thicken this sauce. To do so, combine 1 tbsp of coconut milk (not the cooked coconut milk) and 1/2 tsp corn starch, then pour into the pot to combine. Boil for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.

Coconut sauce in a pot

Once the rice is ready, pour the sauce set aside earlier (not the thickened sauce) into the sticky rice. Mix well and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: Slice Mangoes and Assemble

Grab your mangoes and slice them into small pieces, then start plating your Mango and Sticky Rice!

Place sticky rice onto plates, drizzle that sticky, sticky goodness of the thickened sweet coconut sauce onto the rice, and serve with the sliced mangos.

Garnish with sesame seeds if desire.

Oh hey, lovely Thai Mango Sticky Rice – I WANT TO EAT YOU.

Dripping coconut sauce onto Mango and Sweet Sticky Rice on a plate

Seriously, this right here…is my weakness.

Mango is my favorite fruit. Coconut milk + sugar is sent from above.

Those two combine makes me giddy and happy.

What I love about the mango sticky rice dessert is how each ingredient is so lovely by itself, but combined, it brings out the flavors of the other ingredients, takes the tastiness of each ingredient to the next level, and makes the dish whole.

I had this a lot as a kid. We would eat sweet sticky rice with and coconut sauce, along with mangos, durian (local Malaysian fruit), or bananas. I will say my favorite is still mango.

Something about the sweet and sour from the mango makes it the best pairing for the creaminess from the coconut.

I can serious go on and on about how amazing is mango sticky rice. My love for it runs deep.

If you already love Mango and Sticky Rice, virtual high five – I feel this special Thai-Mango-Sweet-Sticky-Rice-fan-club bond with you.

If this is new – give it a chance! 🙂 It is truly unique, and some of the most creative use and combination of flavors I know.

Using a spoon to grab a bite of sweet sticky rice with some mangoes on it

Enjoy, and be wowed. 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find glutinous rice? Can I use another type of rice?

Glutinous rice is highly recommended because it has a unique texture and flavor for this mango dessert. You can find it in Asian grocery stores or online HERE. If you really cannot find it, you can use another type of rice. Most likely you will just cook that rice the way you typically cook it (by boiling it instead of steaming).

How do I reheat Mango Sticky Rice?

Only reheat the rice and coconut sauce, not the mango. To reheat rice, drizzle some water before heating it up in the microwave. As for the coconut sauce, reheat in the microwave as well.

Other Thai/ Southeast Asian dishes

More mango recipes!

Dedicated to all my fellow mango-fans!

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Thai Mango Sweet Sticky Rice

Thai Mango Sweet Sticky Rice

A classic Southeast Asian dessert! Soft, sweet sticky rice smothered with creamy sweet coconut sauce, then paired with sweet, juicy fresh mangos. Lovely and simple to make!
4.99 from 63 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Thai
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Soaking time: 2 hours
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 403kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 2-3 fresh mangoes
  • 1 cup glutinous/sweet rice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds


  • Soak glutinous/sweet rice for 2 hours, or up to overnight. Drain water when ready.
  • Using a steamer, steam sticky rice for 20-30 minutes. Check on the 20 minute mark. If rice is soft and not hard in the middle, it is done.
  • If you do not have a steamer, shape aluminum foil into three equal size balls. Fill pot with water (see Note 1) and place the aluminum balls on the pot. 
    Homemade steamer to make Thai Mango Sweet Sticky Rice
  • Place a metal bowl/plate (or a plate that can withstand the hot steam) on the aluminum balls. Add drained rice to the bowl/plate. 
    Homemade steamer to make Thai Mango Sweet Sticky Rice
  • Bring pot to boil, and once it boils, cover pot, and cook for 20-30 minutes. Check on the 20 minute mark. If rice is soft and not hard in the middle, it is done.
  • While waiting for rice to cook, slice mangoes.
  • Prepare the sweet coconut sauce by bringing 1 cup of coconut milk, sugar and salt to boil. Once it reaches a boil, bring 1/2 of the sauce into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Combine 1 tbsp of coconut milk and corn starch, then add that into the pot to thicken the sweet coconut sauce. Boil for a few minutes until sauce is thickened.
  • When rice is done, add the non-thicken sweet coconut sauce (the sauce set aside on Step 7) to rice and mix well. Set aside and let it cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • Once cool, place rice onto serving plate(s), pair with mangoes, and drizzle the thickened sweet coconut sauce onto rice. Garnish with sesame seeds.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Note 1: Make sure to fill enough water so pot doesn’t dry out while steaming.


Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Your post makes ME giddy and happy! I am with you, I adore fresh mango and sweet coconut yes please! Recently had this at a restaurant and my son begged me to make it home, I found your recipe! Worth the time and effort, it’s so delicious!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you thank you! I’m so glad you found it and you love it! 🙂

    2. would this be OK in the fridge overnight?

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! That would be fine. Storage the rice separately from the coconut drizzle and mango. Drizzle a few drops of water onto the rice before reheating in the microwave so that it doesn’t dry out.

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious! We have some new neighbors that moved here from Thailand so we wanted to make them this treat! They absolutely loved it!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s fantastic! Love hearing that!

  3. 5 stars
    I love Thai food, and this was a real treat for us and was excited to try it out. Glad we did. So delicious. Thanks x

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks Greta! I’m so glad you tried it out as well and loved it!

  4. 5 stars
    Mango sticky rice is such a delicious dessert! Perfect for summer. My mangoes was extra sweet this time around and it paired beautifully with the coconut sauce.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Fabulous! Sweet mangoes work like magic with this!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sara Welch says:

    5 stars
    What a unique and unexpected treat this was! Enjoyed this for dessert last night and it turned out delicious! Definitely, a new favorite recipe!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks, Sara! Glad to hear that it came out so well for you!

  6. 5 stars
    This was wildly delicious – I’m now making it all summer long!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Happy to hear that!!

  7. 5 stars
    This was marvelous. Sweet sticky rice paired with mango is simply amazing! We love it.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      So glad to hear that!

  8. 5 stars
    Amazing! I pressure cooked the rice and it turned out perfect!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you for sharing!

  9. My sticky rice turned out extremely dry, like the quantity for the coconut milk it was supposed to soak in after steaming wasn’t enough. Washed and soaked the rice in water overnight, and it was perfectly cooked after steaming. Then poured (half as directed) coconut milk sugar mix over to soak in. It was very dry. It looks a lot more “wet” in all the pictures I saw of it online. Any idea where I went wrong?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      It may be the type of coconut milk used. Or coconut milk could have evaporated after cooking (or cooked for a longer time, or sat in a hot pot for a while). I would say if it is dry then add more coconut milk/sugar mixture if it is dry. Hope you give it a try again and it would be much more to your liking!

  10. Does it matter if you use canned coconut milk vs. carton?
    Jasmine rice vs. sticky rice?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I use canned coconut milk, and glutinous rice (which is sometimes called sticky rice, but is different from sushi rice or short-grain rice). Here’s the affiliate link to get glutinous rice.

  11. 5 stars
    I love this dessert! Thanks!
    One quick observation is to mention if its 5 cups of cooked sticky rice or raw.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      This recipe calls for 1 cup of raw sticky rice!