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How to Reheat Rice: Tips and Tricks for Perfectly Warmed Grains

Whether you cooked too much rice or saved some leftovers, reheating rice is a great way to save time and create a satisfying meal.

However, it can be tricky to find the right balance between warming the rice without making it dry or mushy.

In this post, we will explore several cooking techniques that are perfect for reheating rice.

From conventional ovens to air fryers, microwaves to broilers, we’ll cover everything you need to know about reheating your grains.

So let’s get started!

How to Reheat Rice

How to Reheat Rice in a Conventional Oven

Using an oven is an excellent option if you need to reheat large quantities of rice. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your oven at 350°F (180°C).
  2. Spread the leftover rice evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Cover the baking sheet with foil tightly.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Once heated through, remove from the oven and fluff with a fork before serving.

How to Reheat Rice in the Microwave

Microwave is an easy option when you’re short on time but want something nutritious and filling.

  1. Place your leftover rice into a microwave-safe container.
  2. Sprinkle some water over it (this will help prevent any sogginess).
  3. Cover the container with lid or damp paper towel.
  4. Microwave it for 1-2 minute intervals until heated through.

Tip: Use less microwave power but more time whenever possible as this helps ensure even heating throughout each grain of cooked white or brown rice!

How to Reheat Rice on Stovetop

Reheating your leftover grains on the stovetop is another great option when using freshly cooked authentic basmati or jasmine long-grain white & brown package types especially because reheating packaged rice risotto can allow the mushy product to come back to life with added flavor and texture!

  1. Place your leftover rice in a non-stick pan.
  2. Add a splash of water if needed, or use coconut milk / soy sauce for flavored rice.
  3. Cover it with the lid and place it on medium-low heat.
  4. Allow it to steam for 3-5 minutes, stir occasionally until heated through.

How to Reheat Rice by Searing

Searing is one way to give your cooked rice a new texture without making them overly dry or mushy.

  1. In an oiled skillet, spread the leftover rice evenly, do not overcrowd.
  2. For extra flavor, add some minced garlic or chopped onions at this stage.
  3. Allow it to sear over medium-high heat until heated through with crispy edges.
  4. Finally season your grains lightly and toss once before serving!

How to Reheat Rice in an Air Fryer

Air fryers are versatile kitchen appliances that can help you get crispy reheated foods without any excess oil.

  1. Spread out the leftover rice into a basket or tray inside the air fryer
  2. Spritz some oil over them optional
  3. Cook at 360°F (182°C) for about 8-10 minutes flipping half way
  4. Once done remove from basket & enjoy crisp textured warm grains in less than ten minutes!

How to Reheat Rice Using a Toaster Oven

Using toaster oven is another quick method for reheating small portions of grilled chicken breasts and veggies like baked sweet potato hash browns that pair well alongside fluffy and warm hot steamed Jasmine-scented white Sticky Thai fragrant healthy brown basmati side dishness!

Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your toaster oven around 400°F (205°C)
  2. Set yourself up just like reheating the rice in conventional oven placing evenly spaced leftovers onto baking sheet
  3. Allow it to heat through for 5-8 minutes depending on amount of cold grains you’re re-heating

How to Reheat Rice in a Broiler

Broiling is another option when you’d like to add some texture and crispiness to your reheated rice.

  1. Spread out the leftover rice mixture onto an aluminum-lined broiler-safe pan.
  2. Drizzle a bit of oil over them if desired
  3. Place the pan near the top of the oven and broil for 5-6 minutes turning once – this will result in crispy edges!
  4. Carefully remove from oven before it becomes burnt!

How to Reheat Rice in a Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are great gadgets that help you many recipes!

  1. Place cooked leftover rice into a crockpot with lid on
  2. Add ½ cup liquid such as vegetable broth or water, mixing well
  3. Set cooker on low setting & cook for about 1-2 hours or until desired temperature is achieved
  4. Stir occasionally while being careful not let contents lose moisture

Is It Safe To Reheat Rice?

While reheating is generally safe, there are some important things to keep in mind when you’re dealing with leftover cooked white grain varieties like long Basmati, Jasmine fragrant or other forms as well.

Rice can contain harmful bacteria called Bacillus cereus due its high carbohydrate content AKA “food poisoning” although rare but precautionary measures must be taken.


Reheating your leftover white jasmine basmati long or chunky wild rice is an easy and affordable way to make a satisfying meal.

From traditional methods like oven, stove top, microwave to the versatile air fryer and toaster oven, searing always adds a different taste to your cooked grains!

Remember that it’s important to store your leftovers appropriately and reheat them thoroughly before serving.

With these tips in mind, you can enjoy perfectly warmed rice every time!

Happy reheating!

jenny happy muncher
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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.