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Leftover Rice Recipes – What to Do With Leftover Rice

Today, let’s explore a variety of creative ways to make use of cooked rice in some of my favorite leftover rice recipes.

What to do with leftover rice is something I ask myself all the time. We order Chinese, Indian and Thai takeout often and always have an extra container of cooked rice when we are done the meal.

Instead of relegating it to the back of the refrigerator only to throw it out a week later, I try to come up with interesting and delicious ways to transform it into enticing dishes that breathe new life into those delicious grains.

Keep reading to discover some of my favorite ways to use leftover rice. Best of all? Many are ready in less than 30 minutes!

Takeaway containers and a bowl of leeftover rice.

How long can  you keep cooked rice in the fridge?

Before we start cooking, it’s important to know that leftover rice won’t last forever! If not eaten immediately, cooled cooked rice should be stored in a shallow container, covered tightly and refrigerated.

Container of cooked leftover rice on a cuttting board.

In my experience, cooked rice typically lasts in the fridge for about 4 to 6 days when stored properly.

After that time, cooked rice can start to lose its texture and flavor. Additionally, there’s a higher risk of bacterial growth, which can lead to foodborne illness if consumed.

It’s important to always check for any signs of spoilage, such as an unusual smell or appearance, before consuming leftover rice. If in doubt, it’s best to discard it to ensure food safety.

Easy Leftover Rice Recipes - 12 Ideas for Using Cooked Rice

Cooked rice is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. You can use it to make everything from rice fritters to stir fries and rice pudding.

Repurpose your rice with one of these tested recipes with leftover rice, all sure to have your family asking for more.

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Various rice dishes with words reading recipes using leftover rice.

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