7 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Rice

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I don’t know about you, but it seems like every time that I make rice for my family, I always have leftovers. Sometimes lots of leftovers. A few too many times in the past I didn’t make enough rice to go along with a meal. So now I usually end up making way more rice then we actually need.

Fortunately, cooked rice is a great leftover to have on hand in the fridge because it can be remade into so many different types of dishes.

Try one of these delicious ways to use leftover rice and make sure it doesn’t go to waste!

  • Great Ways to Use Up Leftover Rice! 1 of 8
    7 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Rice

    Wondering what to do with the leftover rice sitting in your fridge? Try one of these seven recipes, and remake your leftover rice into something new and delicious! 

  • Coconut Milk Brown Rice Pudding with Carmel 2 of 8
    coconut milk brown rice pudding

    Rice pudding is a comfort food that I often remember my mom making when I was growing up. This is a great dairy-free rice pudding recipe that you can make on your stove top. 

    Recipe source and photo by Kathy Patalsky 

  • Egg and Spinach Skillet 3 of 8
    eggs rice spinach and cheese

    With five simple ingredients, including leftover rice, you can easily throw together this Egg and Spinach Skillet for a nutritious breakfast, or quick dinner. You could also substitute different veggies to use up what you have in your fridge! 

    Recipe and photo source: the haas machine

  • Arancini (Rice Balls) with Marinara Sauce 4 of 8
    Arancini (rice balls) with marinara

    Having leftover rice in the fridge seems like the perfect excuse to whip up these crunchy and cheesy arancini or rice balls with marinara sauce

    Recipe and photo source: Just a Taste

  • Chicken Fried Rice 5 of 8
    chicken fried rice

    If you've never tried making homemade fried rice, you are seriously missing out! It is a great way to not only use up leftover rice, but also any leftover veggies or meat you have. This is a great basic recipe for Chicken Fried Rice, but you could also use beef or pork, and add any veggies that you have on hand and need to use up! 

    Recipe and photo source: Raising the Barrs 

  • Raspberry Custard 6 of 8
    Raspberry Custard

    I love the idea of making a delicious dessert like custard out of dinner leftovers. Try this quick and easy Raspberry Custard recipe the next time you have a cup of leftover rice sitting in your fridge! 

    Recipe and photo source: Mindful Mama

  • Southwest Stuffed Peppers 7 of 8
    stuffed peppers

    These hearty and satisfying southwest stuffed peppers can be put together ahead of time and then warmed on the grill when it's time for dinner. They can also be made as a side dish if you leave out the ground turkey. 

    Recipe and photo source: the haas machine

  • Peanut Mandarin Rice Bowl 8 of 8

    This is another great idea for a quick and easy lunch or dinner that uses up different leftovers you have hanging out in your fridge. Put the ingredients together in a bowl and smash them up to meld the flavors. Try this Peanut Mandarin Rice Bowl to get started! 

    Recipe source and photo by: Kathy Patalsky 


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