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10 Things to Do with Leftover Rice

Updated on June 10, 2016

Multi-Talented Carb

After pasta and potatoes, rice is probably the next most used carbohydrate base we use when preparing meals. But there always seems to be leftover rice that does not get eaten, gets forgotten, and ultimately ends up in the compost (or worse, the trash).

Rice is really a multi-talented carb because it goes well with many vegetables and meats whether you are cooking it for the first time or using it in some kind of leftovers. Here are ten simple ideas to use up that leftover rice.

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Using Up Leftover Rice

The next time you make a meal that calls for rice you will know ahead of time what to do with the leftovers. This will hopefully save you some time and a little money (because rice is not cheap).

  1. Add an egg to rice and press it into a greased pizza pan (works best with brown) lightly sprinkled with cornmeal. Bake ten minutes. Decorate with sauce and your favourite pizza toppings. Then bake until toppings are done.
  2. Add it to any soup you may make from scratch or open from a can.
  3. Chop up mushrooms and jalapenos, shred favourite cheese, mix and stuff hallowed out green peppers and bake or put on barbecue until tender.
  4. Use it as a breakfast cereal. Warm it up in microwave for 20 seconds, sprinkle with granulated sugar, and add milk. Eat with a spoon like your morning cereal. Try it!
  5. Make shepherd's pie but instead of using mashed potatoes to top the ground beef use the leftover rice.
  6. Add it to your meatloaf recipe to make two instead of one meatloaf. Freeze extra for following week.
  7. In a deep pot add 18 cooked mini meatballs, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped zucchini, 1 can of tomato soup, 1/2 can water, sprinkle of garlic power, pepper and cardamom. When heated add 2 cups leftover basmati rice. Heat and serve.
  8. Stir fry some veggies then add rice.
  9. Grease a 6 cup muffin pan. Use an ice-cream scoop and put a dollop of rice into each one muffin cup. Add a precooked meatball, 1 tablespoon of frozen peas of carrots, and another dollop of rice. Press down. Top with a teaspoon of parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of oregano and garlic powder. Bake 20 to 30 minutes until heated through.
  10. Use as bed for poached eggs instead of bread. Drizzle with hollandaise or cheese sauce.

How Do You Cook Your Rice

I started off cooking my rice in a pot. Then one day my husband came home with a rice cooker, kind of looked like a crock pot to me, because it was on sale and the friend he was shopping with swore by them. I used it for about a year but honestly, after years of cooking it in a pot I just did not like it and reverted back to pot cooking. The rice cooker collected dust for a few months before I freecycled it to a very happy person. There is no one way to cook your rice other than your way.

Rice and Milk

Rice with milk.
Rice with milk.

I usually have this as a breakfast but it would be fine for any time of day.

Part of cooking from scratch is getting the most out of the ingredients you spend your hard earned money on. If you have some creative uses for leftover rice share them with us in the comments below.

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @julieannbrady: Hmm, interesting. I can't imagine cook rice would be good in a craft. I know dried rice can be colored and glued in murals. Will have to think about that.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      I'm wondering about crafts? Can you do some crafts with the leftover rice?

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      queenofduvetcover 3 years ago

      This is awesome! I make rice all the time. Now I know what to do with the leftovers. =)

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      SilverLotus1 3 years ago

      I love rice and I appreciate this lens!

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      I like rice I have eating some rice that other people make and they just know how to dress it up to give it such a good flavor I wish I had that ability it is so simple yet there is a secret to making the best rice ever, this is a great lens to learn those secrets thank you for sharing it with us.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great rice ideas! I never know what to do with left over rice!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great ideas! Thank you!

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      I love this lens! Linked from my "tips on reusing leftover" one!

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      Useful unique lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fried rice is the best! If you have all or any of the following: hotdog,scrambled eggs,ham,green peas; slice them into pieces. Then mix 'em as you fry your rice. Add salt and pepper. Hmmm... Yummy!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      These are fantastic ideas. I plan to try quite a few of them. Thank you!

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      StillPlaysWithT 5 years ago

      I like chopping up some mushrooms and making a rice/mushroom/cheese omelette.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Eggs and rice is a good one!

      Cook scrambled eggs in frying pans untill mostly done then add cold rice salt and pepper ... stir best for breakfast .

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      maria 5 years ago

      My dogs love it. Problem solved 4 me.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: That's too bad. Perhaps the oven was too hot? There should have been enough moisture from the meatball, frozen veggies and cheese.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I tried number 9 today. I didn't think it was very good. The rice got dry and hard on top and when I tried to plate it,

      It just crumbled into a mess that we ate with spoons. It didn't taste awful, but not great either. Thanks for the idea, but... Yuck!

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Some interesting ideas, and will be trying for sure. You're right, it never fails that there is rice left over so next time I'll look forward to trying something different.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I like #4. Used to make this all the time in college. We called it poor mans rice pudding.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I never know what to do with leftover rice except to reheat it and eat it for lunch. Thanks for these recipe ideas.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @TravelingRae: Yes! Rice pudding, although I'm not a big maker of it, my husband loves it.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I never have leftover rice: I make enough for the week and then turn it into the things you mentioned and more! I'd rather have rice than pasta or potatoes. One thing that's not on your list is rice pudding, which is fairly close to your use of rice for breakfast cereal.

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      dc64 lm 6 years ago

      I always have left over rice that i usually throw away, because I don't know what else to do with it, except leave it in the refrigerator and see how many colors it can turn into (I've done that). Thanks to your lens, I have a few good things to do with it.

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      Love rice! Would do the same thing with brown rice, though, since that's all I'm eating for my hair analysis diet!