Can You Reheat Rice?

Q: I love to add rice to most of my meals, yet I hate to dirty so many pans at once. How can I reheat rice if I make a large batch?


A: Rice is an amazing little grain that responds well to most methods of heating. The best ways include your microwave or stove.

The Microwave

Some appliances in your kitchen will get more use than others, the microwave is one of them.

To reheat your rice, simply place in a microwave-safe container, and create a small well in the center. Add a tablespoon of water to the center of the well, and then cover the bowl. Covering it will allow the water to steam and heat the grains more evenly.

Microwave the rice for 45 seconds, stir, and continue heating if needed.

The Stove

Reheating rice on the stovetop in a small skillet is one of the easiest ways to reheat your meal. However, it also needs constant attention as it will very easily scorch!

To reheat your side dish or main component of your meal, add a tablespoon of oil to the skillet along with your rice. If the rice is cold, it will be clumpy, so simply break down these clumps with a fork or spoon as you move the rice around the pan.

Heat over medium-low heat for about five minutes, or until the rice is warmed to the desired temperature. Be sure to constantly stir the rice!

Adding rice to any meal is a great way to ensure you are getting your grains while also adding a new texture to your dish. Reheating leftovers has never been easier, so now you don’t need to look at the growing shelf of Tupperware and wonder what to do with it! Make your favorite rice-based dish, and take it on the go.

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