11 Quick and Easy Leftover White Rice Recipes

Quick & Easy Leftover White Rice Recipes

Are you looking for some best leftover white rice recipes? Don't worry! We have got your back. Imagine a situation where you have nothing in your refrigerator except leftover white rice, and your guests come by. What chaos!

But fortunately, there are ways to utilise those leftover rice and cook some amazing dishes. In fact, it will be so delicious that you won't be able to stop yourself from finishing it all!

Korean Rice Bowl

Let’s take a look at these easy leftover white rice recipes: 

#1 Rice Fritters (Leftover Rice Recipe Fritters)

Nothing beats quick and crispy rice fritters as a delicious snack. The recipe is quite simple too!

RECIPE: Just combine your leftover rice with onions, ginger, garlic and chillies in a bowl. Next, add red chilli powder, cornstarch, and salt (as per taste). You can also add coriander leaves for a hint of freshness. Mix all the ingredients and deep fry them into oil. Serve it with a side sauce like mayo-dip or ketchup. 

#2 Leftover Rice Pancakes

You must have heard of vanilla or banana pancakes. But how about a leftover rice pancake? It may sound weird but trust us, but the taste is heavenly!

RECIPE: In a bowl, combine the leftover white rice with egg and vanilla. Add cinnamon and a pinch of salt to enhance the taste. Take your skillet and add cooking oil. Then, pour around ¼ cup of batter into the skillet. Cook it as you do for any pancake and top it off with maple syrup.

#3 Mexican Rice (Leftover Rice Recipes Mexican)

Did you know you can make an amazing Mexican dinner with your leftover rice? Yes, we are talking about classic Mexican rice (or Spanish rice)! 

RECIPE: Simply toss in some scallion in an oil-heated skillet and let it cook for about one minute. Add garlic, leftover rice, tomato sauce, and tomatoes. Pour in some seasoning and mix well. Serve your piping hot Mexican rice with salads, burritos, or favourite side dish.   

#4 Chicken Fried Rice

Craving for Chinese? Leftover rice makes amazing chicken fried rice! 

RECIPE: Heat some oil (any type) in the frying pan and pour beaten eggs. Make a thin layered omelette and get it off your pan. Roll it out nice and slice it thin. Next, stir fry some veggies (cabbage, carrots, beans, literally anything!). Once done, add some oil to the pan and then the leftover rice and cooked chicken. 

Toss it nicely and add sauces like soy sauce, ketchup, hot sauce (for that spicy kick), and sweet chilli. Add the sliced up eggs, veggies, and seasoning. Give everything a good mix and serve it hot. 

#5 Korean Rice Bowl

Craving for the Korean rice bowl from K-dramas? It's easy to make with leftover rice.

RECIPE: Heat around 1 tbsp of sesame oil in a wok/frying pan and add your veggies. Also, fry some ham or chicken breast and keep it aside. Mix the meat and veggies and add sauces (chilli sauce and soy sauce). In another frying pan, add beaten eggs and scramble it well. Then, heat up your leftover rice and pour the meat and veggies mix. Top it off with scrambled egg and sesame seeds.

#6 Leftover Rice Frittata

Frittatas are a great way to spice up old white rice.

RECIPE: To make it, heat olive oil in a frying pan and add the leftover rice with seasoning. Meanwhile, cook some eggs along with parmesan cheese, and keep it aside. Then, heat 2 tbsp oil in the frying pan and add the eggs again. Use your spatula to make a patty of the mix and cook for nearly 4 minutes. Flip and cook both sides! Once done, serve hot.

#7 Leftover Rice Burrito

If you haven't tried leftover rice Burritos, you are missing a gem! Not only is it filling but absolutely flavoursome. It also makes a great dish to serve vegetarians.

RECIPE: To make this dish, quickly heat up the tortillas (both sides). Combine chopped tomatoes and spring onions with salt and olive oil in a bowl. Add black beans, rice (1 spoon each), and the veggies mix. Top it off with sliced avocado, curd, and shredded cheese. Wrap it up as you do for any burrito and serve hot.

#8 Rice Stuffed Peppers (Leftover Rice Recipes Vegan)

Stuffed rice Capsicums are absolutely easy and super-fast to make! As you already have the leftover rice, the process would take only 10 minutes.

RECIPE: Simply cut down the peppers and place them in the microwave for a minute. Meanwhile, mix the leftover rice and vegetables of your choice with marinara sauce in another bowl. Add the mix into the pepper and microwave it. Serve the dish with your favourite sides.

#9 Rice Pizza

Rice as pizza? Yes, it's possible!

RECIPE: Take a bowl and add the leftover rice, eggs, mozzarella cheese, seasoning, garlic, and onion powder. Then, add butter and mix well. Make a base with this mix (using hands) and bake it for 12-15 minutes. Top it off with favourite toppings, mozzarella cheese, and bake it again for 13 minutes. Your rice pizza is ready!

#10 Tuna Rice Salad

Tuna rice salad is the easiest and quickest dish to make from leftover rice. 

RECIPE: Just combine the rice with the desirable veggies (bell peppers, green onions, peas, corn, etc.) and drained tuna. Once done, toss it off with combined dressing (mayonnaise, yoghurt, lemon juice & zest, and olive oil). Serve it fresh! 

#11 Rice Patties

If you do not want the hassle of preparing a full-fledged meal, try making leftover rice patties. It can make leftover rice taste better. 

RECIPE: Combine rice with cheddar cheese, onion, garlic, egg, and seasoning. Toss in some red pepper flakes, parsley, and onion powder. Mix well and give a patty-like shape. Shallow fry both sides (until light brown) and serve with any dip.

How Long Is Leftover Rice Good For?

Leftover rice can be good for about 3 days to 6 months. It depends on the way you store it. If you store the leftover rice in the refrigerator, it may last around 3 to 5 days. 

Likewise, if you store it in the freezer, the leftover rice may remain intact for six months. Both of these are absolutely safe for consumption. Make sure to cool the rice first (for one hour) before storing it. Additionally, keep the following things in mind:

  • Avoid keeping the rice at room temperature for long.
  • Do not reheat the leftover rice more than once.
  • If the rice looks gooey, slimy, or smells foul, discard it immediately.

So, how would you like to repurpose your leftover rice? 

See: Best Basmati Rice Brands 2022: Buying the Genuine Product

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