The Intentional Leftover is key to my whole cooking world. I never make just enough chicken for a meal, or just enough steak, or just enough quinoa, or just enough rice. There are so many leftovers that are amazing springboards for the next meal, or just bulk up a soup or salad, or that give you a little inspiration to use up other odds and ends in the fridge. Extra rice has so many potentials uses all week long, you’ll be glad to have leftovers hanging out in the fridge.
Types of Rice
Most of these recipes can work with white rice, brown rice, basmati, jasmine, even wild rice (which is actually a grass, but let’s not split grains here). There are a lot of varieties of rice on the market, and most well stocked supermarkets carry quite a range of choices and brands. For your intentional leftovers, pick a type that you like best. And the next time you can pick a different type of rice, so that your dishes keep feeling fresh and new.
Making Perfect White Rice
Making Perfect Brown Rice
Cooling Rice So It Doesn’t Get Sticky
If you are making rice with the intention of storing it for future use, it’s a good move to cool it down quickly, so it doesn’t get clumpy and sticky and too soft sitting in a pot. An easy way to do this is to spread it out on a rimmed baking sheet, either sprayed with nonstick spray, or lined with parchment paper. Then transfer it to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Some of these suggestions start with cold rice straight from the fridge, and some call for it to be reheated. For directions on that, click How To Perfectly Reheat Rice On The Stove And In The Microwave.
Here are 10 ways to use leftover rice!
Use rice instead of the orzo in this comforting soup.
Reheat the rice while you make the shrimp, and dinner is on the table in seriously 20 minutes.
Add ½ cup cooked rice to pretty much any frittata to give it a big of heft and a nice toothy texture.
Use rice instead of the red quinoa here.
This is a knock out of a reason to have leftover cold rice in the fridge!
Just add in ½ cup cooked rice instead of the ¼ cup uncooked.