Are you tired of throwing out rice cakes because they don’t taste fresh anymore?
Look no further than these five ingenious techniques for reheating rice cakes.
Whether you prefer to use an oven, microwave, stovetop, steam basket, or air fryer, there is a method that will make your rice cakes taste as if they were just made.
Let’s dive in and discover the best methods for reheating your favorite snacks.
Importance of Reheating Rice Cakes
Rice cakes are a delicious snack made from puffed rice grains. They come in various flavors like chocolate, caramel, and even spicy flavors like sriracha.
But unlike other snacks like chips or crackers that can be stored at room temperature without losing their freshness and taste; rice cakes can dry out easily.
Hence reheating becomes a necessity so as to keep those snacks tasty and maintain their crunchy texture. But how do we reheat them efficiently?
This blog post highlights some effective ways of reheating rice cakes at home.
Brief Overview of Different Reheating Methods
Before diving into each method separately, here is a brief overview of the different ways that are discussed in this blog post:
- Oven: Reheating using an oven is ideal when you have large quantity leftovers.
- Microwave: This method works best when you’re in a hurry.
- Stovetop: This traditional method takes longer but results in crispy and flavorful rice cake.
- Steam Basket: If you want to retain the authentic texture and flavor, steaming serves as one of the most effective methods.
- Air Fryer: This newly introduced appliance quickly reheats both sweet and savory treats while retaining their crunchiness intact.
Now let’s get into each method with detailed instructions on how to reheat your delicious leftover rice cakes!
Reheating Rice Cakes in the Oven
If you have a large number of rice cakes left over, reheating them in the oven would be an efficient way to whip up a big portion quickly.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Place your rice cakes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes.
- Check every couple of minutes and remove once they are crispy on both sides.
- Let cool and enjoy!
Benefits and Drawbacks of Using an Oven to Reheat Rice Cakes
Using an oven to reheat rice cakes has several benefits, including:
- Large quantity can be reheated at once
- Maintains the crispiness
- Evenly reheats
The only drawback is that it takes longer than other methods.
Reheating Rice Cakes in Microwave
If you’re short on time, microwaving leftover rice cakes is a quick and easy solution.
- Place desired amount of rice cakes onto a microwave-safe plate or bowl.
- Cover with damp paper towel or waxed paper.
- Microwave on high for 20 seconds intervals checking after each one until desired heat/crispness has been reached.
- Once heated through, let cool before enjoying.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Microwave to Reheat Rice Cakes
Microwaving has its benefits as well:
- Quick process
- Easy preparation
- Less clean-up required
Although, there is one significant drawback where microwaving can cause some loss of texture due to inadequate distribution of heat throughout the food.
Reheating Rice Cakes on Stovetop
Though it takes longer than microwaving, using stovetop is an excellent traditional method that maintains the crispiness of rice cakes perfectly.
- Add a tablespoon of oil to a non-stick pan or skillet.
- Preheat the pan over medium heat setting.
- Once hot, add rice cakes evenly spaced out and leave alone for two minutes so that they form a crispy outer layer.
- Flip and repeat the cooking process until all sides turn golden brown.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a minute or so.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Stovetop to Reheat Rice Cakes
Stovetop reheating also has its benefits, including:
- Ideal method to maintain flavor
- Preserves texture effectively
- Achieves optimal crispy result.
As with all methods, there are some drawbacks where it involves more time but the results can efficiently retain its flavor.
Reheating Rice Cakes with a Steam Basket
Steaming is an excellent method if you want your rice cake retains its authentic taste & texture while still being able to get crispy joy.
- Begin by pouring 2 cups water into your pot/steamer.
- Use medium heat settings for your stovetop burner until the water starts boiling.
- Place steamer basket in pot (you can put additional dish greased parchment paper on this too).
- Put leftover rice cake into steamer separately spaced apart ensuring adequate space in between them with steamer lid closed securely over it all.
- Steam for 3 minutes or until desired level of crispness is achieved 6.Let cool before enjoying!
Benefits and Drawbacks of Using a Steam Basket to Reheat Rise Cake
So why should we consider steaming our leftover rice cakes?
- Provides the most loyal way to maintain original flavor
- Offers stringently healthy options(for those looking)
- Easy process not needing extra oil for your diet
The only drawback with steaming can be the softer outer texture of rice cake than using other methods.
Reheating Rice Cakes in Air Fryer
Air frying is a relatively new phenomenon that has taken the kitchen world by storm. It’s an efficient method for reheating leftovers without losing its crispy texture so you can expect similar results with rice cakes too!
- Preheat air fryer to 375°F
- Place the leftover rice cakes into the basket (spaced evenly apart) and allow excess bubbles out of them (use fork or toothpick).
- Cook at 375°F for about 5 minutes flipping halfway through microwaving process. 4.Remove when heated evenly on all sides.
Benefits and Derivatives of Using an Air Fryer for Reheating Rice Cake
Yes, whereas air frying provides benefits as mentioned below:
- Quick and easy process(less time and effort needed)
- Retain crispy/juiciness effectively
- Can cook both sweet/salty treats like fried noodles or French fries, vegetables, etc., simultaneously in one batch
The only drawback to air frying can be that it might result in slightly burn edges if not adequately timed.
Tips for Perfectly Reheated Rice Cakes
To achieve optimal results you can follow these tips while reheating your delicious snacks:
- Marinade moisture- To make your snack crispy/dish moisten, add proper fat by brushing oil/butter over it or dipping into melted chocolate sauce/syrup/etc.
- Time setting – Setting proper time duration is key to achieving desired texture moistness/ crispiness level of dish exactly how you want it to taste like, so adjust accordingly whichever method you choose.
These are five highly effective ways to reheat rice cakes that are sure to revitalize their flavor & crispness making them taste as if freshly made.
We discussed reheating rice cakes using the oven, microwave, stovetop, steam basket or air fryer. Each of these methods provides its unique benefits and draw backs that you can weigh and choose which suits you the best.
To achieve optimal results with your reheated rice cakes, remember to follow tips regularly such as marinating moisture & setting times right to get appetizing bites each time.
So next time when you have a plateful of leftover rice cakes in your fridge that turned out dry and tasteless, do not fret. Choose from these brilliant techniques that suit your mood/taste and enjoy the joys of crispy rise cake once again!
Jenny has always been passionate about cooking, and she uses her platform to share her joy of food with others. Her recipes are easy to follow, and she loves giving tips and tricks to help others create their own unique culinary creations.