18 Delish Leftover Rice Recipes You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

by SheKnows
Jun 13, 2018 at 1:25 p.m. ET
Arancini rice balls with mozzarella on the wooden board
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We've all had to deal with it: the dreaded leftover rice.

It's something we've all been through: You make a mere one-and-a-half cups of jasmine rice, and it always leaves you with way more steamed rice than you ever needed, especially when cooking for one. And then the leftover white rice just sits and sits and sits in your fridge until it's so crispy and tough, you end up throwing it all out. Sure, from time to time you might use it as an opportunity to make a batch of fried rice, but one can only make the same egg fried rice so much.

Sound familiar?

In an effort to quit wasting food (and stop making the same tired fried rice recipe), we've scoured Pinterest and various food blogs and found 18 leftover rice recipes so delicious, you'll not only make them more than once, but you might also just make it a point to always make extra rice.


A version of this article was originally published in September 2015.

1 /18: Garlic Fried Rice With Vinegar Sauce

1/18 :Garlic Fried Rice With Vinegar Sauce

2 /18: Wild Rice & Butternut Squash Salad With Maple-Balsamic Dressing

2/18 :Wild Rice & Butternut Squash Salad With Maple-Balsamic Dressing

3 /18: Chicken in Tarragon Cream Sauce With Green Rice Pilaf

3/18 :Chicken in Tarragon Cream Sauce With Green Rice Pilaf

4 /18: Brown Rice Tuna Salad

4/18 :Brown Rice Tuna Salad

5 /18: Southwestern Rice Bowls With Chipotle Ranch Dressing

5/18 :Southwestern Rice Bowls With Chipotle Ranch Dressing

6 /18: Rice- & Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

6/18 :Rice- & Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

7 /18: Make-Ahead Brown Rice Breakfast Bowls

7/18 :Make-Ahead Brown Rice Breakfast Bowls

8 /18: Crispy Rice Salad

8/18 :Crispy Rice Salad

9 /18: Sausage, Pea & Lemon Rice

9/18 :Sausage, Pea & Lemon Rice

10 /18: Lemon Rice With Turmeric

10/18 :Lemon Rice With Turmeric

11 /18: Sausage & Kale Rice Bowl for One

11/18 :Sausage & Kale Rice Bowl for One

12 /18: Chopped Brown Rice Salad With Grapes & Pecans

12/18 :Chopped Brown Rice Salad With Grapes & Pecans

13 /18: Baby Chard & Brown Rice Fritters

13/18 :Baby Chard & Brown Rice Fritters

14 /18: Arancini (Rice Balls) With Marinara Sauce

14/18 :Arancini (Rice Balls) With Marinara Sauce

15 /18: Cheesy Broccoli-Rice Casserole

15/18 :Cheesy Broccoli-Rice Casserole

16 /18: Cheesy Baked Bean & Rice Burritos

16/18 :Cheesy Baked Bean & Rice Burritos

17 /18: Lebanese Lentils, Rice & Caramelized Onions (Mujadara)

17/18 :Lebanese Lentils, Rice & Caramelized Onions (Mujadara)

18 /18: 3-Bean Salad With Wild Rice

18/18 :3-Bean Salad With Wild Rice