Mango sticky rice in a brown bowl with a fork

Mango Sticky Rice: Vegan and Gluten-Free Dessert

Family and friends will love this famous Asian dessert featuring sweet coconut rice and fresh mangoes. It's naturally vegan, gluten-free AND super easy to make at home!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Thailand, Vietnamese
Keyword mango sticky rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking time 6 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 215 kcal
Author Carrie Hack


  • 1.5 cups uncooked glutinous or sticky rice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 mangoes
  • pinch of salt


Sticky Rice

  1. Pre-soak the glutinous rice for 6 hours.

  2. Place a steamer basket into a pot and fill with water until it reaches the bottom of the basket. Lay a piece of cheesecloth into the basket, place the rice inside and wrap it up.

  3. Cover the pan and bring water to a boil. Lower the heat and 'steam' the rice for about 20 - 30 minutes. When it's done, the consistency should be chewy (not hard or soft and mushy).
  4. Pour sweet coconut cream over the cooked sticky rice. Mix well, cover, and let the rice sit for at least 15 minutes.

Sweet Coconut Cream

  1. While the rice is steaming, make the sweet coconut cream. Heat 1 cup of coconut milk and 3/4 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add a pinch of salt. Keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

  2. Reserve 1/4 of a cup for serving.

To Serve:

  1. Slice or dice two mangoes depending on your preference.  Take a small scoop of rice and top with cut mango and drizzle with reserved coconut cream.  Optional: sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

This Recipe can be made several hours in advance and let sit at room temperature before serving.