You know how rice leftovers never have the same consistency as the first serving? You're not imagining it — even just 12 hours of refrigeration will dehydrate rice, leaving it tough, dry, and sticky. There are a few quick methods of reviving it, so it tastes almost as fluffy and light as the day it was made or delivered. No matter what your method of preparation, oil and a little liquid are the keys to helping rice retain its moisture and clump-free texture.
How to Reheat Leftover Rice
- Reheat it in the microwave: For every cup of rice, add a few tablespoons of broth or water. Cover the bowl of rice with another bowl to create a steaming effect as it reheats.
- Stir-fry it: In a large wok or sauté pan, heat peanut oil on high. Make a fried rice, breaking up the lumps of rice with a wooden spoon so the oil coats the granules evenly.
- Stove-top steam it: In a sauce pan, add the rice with a few tablespoons of butter and a splash of broth or water. Cover the pan and steam the rice on a low flame. Stir occasionally until the rice is heated thoroughly.