How to Reheat Yesterday’s Rice and What to Do if It’s Sticky

Rice is a popular and tasty cereal that peoples often cook. It keeps well in the refrigerator, but when heated it becomes tough, sticky, and unpalatable.

Sticky rice: what to do

If the rice turned out too sticky and watery immediately after cooking, put a slice of bread on top of it, cover it with a lid, and leave it for 10 minutes. The bread will absorb the excess moisture from the rice.

You can also put the rice in a colander and rinse it with cold running water. Another way to do this is to put the rice in an even layer on a baking tray and place it in a preheated 180o oven for 5 minutes. This will remove any remaining moisture.

How to heat rice properly

  • In the microwave: pour 1 tbsp of water into a bowl of rice. Mash the rice with a fork and break up any lumps. Cover the bowl with a lid or second plate and heat for 1 minute on high power. Then remove the lid and heat the rice for another 2 minutes.
  • On the stove: pour 1 tbsp of vegetable oil into a frying pan or sauté pan. In the heated oil put the rice and break up the lumps. Heat the rice for 2 minutes, then pour a couple of spoons of water and broth and heat to the desired temperature, stirring the rice occasionally.
  • In the oven: Preheat the oven to 180°. Spread the cooked rice in an even layer on a baking tray and break up any lumps. Drizzle two spoonfuls of water over the rice, cover with foil, and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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