Our 15 Best Sweet Rice Flour Recipes
All-purpose flour is the dependable basic of flours — a very necessary component to many plush cakes, chewy cookies, and pillowy dumplings. But when I crave something with next-level texture, I turn to sweet rice flour (sometimes referred to as glutinous rice flour or mochiko flour).
I keep sweet rice flour in my pantry at all times. It’s shelf-stable and naturally gluten-free, not to mention as versatile as its all-purpose counterpart. The tasting notes of the finely milled flour are gently sweet and pretty mild overall, but the real magic happens when it comes into contact with a liquid and is then cooked — like, for instance, in a wet cake mixture or a savory sauce. Rice flour lends a chewiness or thickness that you just can’t get with anything else. Step aside, corn starch and potato starch.
While sweet rice flour is typically associated with plush mochi, there’s a whole universe of recipes that harness the power of this amazing pantry ingredient. If you want to make something for the Lunar New Year, sweet rice flour is your best friend because many Asian culinary traditions use it in their celebratory dishes.
To help you get started, we rounded up 13 recipes to cook and bake with sweet rice flour.