3 Ways To Reheat Rice

Did you cook too much rice at dinner? Well, don’t throw it away.  There is a way that you can revive that dry, hard leftover rice. In fact, there are three ways that you can reheat rice and restore it to its fluffy glory.


Using the microwave is the fastest way to reheat rice. However, if done incorrectly you will be left with rice that is tough and dry. To begin, place the rice in a microwavable dish and use a fork to remove any large clumps. You can use a microwave safe plate if you’ll only be reheating a small amount of rice.

Add a splash of water to the dish and cover it with a wet paper towel. It’s important that the wet paper towel is placed directly on top of the rice.  Let the rice cook for a few minutes using your microwave’s highest setting. Be sure to check the rice often (30-second intervals) to prevent overcooking.

Stove Top

The stove top is the preferred method for reheating rice in many homes. For this method, you will only need a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and some water.

Put the rice in the saucepan and add 1-2 teaspoons of water. Use a fork to break up any large clumps of rice and cover the pan with the lid. Allow the rice to cook over low heat while stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.


Yes, it is indeed possible to reheat rice in the oven. The oven is usually the best reheating option for many foods, although it is a little more time-consuming. To reheat rice in the oven, all you need is a baking dish, some water, and aluminum foil.

Place the rice in the baking dish and use a fork to separate any large clumps. Drizzle a small amount of water over the rice and cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Set your oven to 300-320°F and place the dish inside. Allow the rice to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is thoroughly reheated.