leftover cooked rice ideas

yo, we are in a recession!  using EVERYTHING and wasting nothing is key to survival.  i had a fiesta bbq and made way too much rice.  now i need ideas of what to do with it.  searching the internet, i found some unique recipes:

  • workitmom.com is a working moms’ blog and they always have fantastic ideas:

1.) Fried rice. Scramble an egg, add diced whatever leftover meat you have (smoked ham and roasted chicken are always winners, though I’ve even used up leftover Chinese food with awesome results), diced carrots and celery, diced onion, and any leftover cooked vegetables from the fridge. Mix together soy sauce, a little honey, and rice wine vinager; pour it over, toss to coat, and serve it up.

2.) Quiche with a rice crust. Combine rice, an ounce or two of grated cheese (something hard, like cheddar or swiss), and an egg; press into a pie plate and bake until set. Then pour in the quiche filling and bake some more.

3.) Thicken a soup or stew. Seriously, just add it to prepared broth by the handful. If you add too much, call it porridge. No? Fine… make some chicken soup and add just enough so that you can call it chicken soup with rice (singing the song is optional).

4.) Rice pudding. This recipe from Slashfood.com is easy and delicious. If you serve it for breakfast, your kids will think they’re getting away with something.

5.) Jambalaya. Think fried rice with a Cajun twist. Pick a recipe here, or make up one of your own: Start with a diced sweet onion sauteed in olive oil. Add crumbled hot sausage and cook until the sausage is no longer pink. Add some tiny shrimp (thaw ‘em first) and chopped bell peppers, toss in the leftover rice, and douse with a tomato-based sauce. Authentic? Nah. Tasty, quick, and economical? Yes, indeed.

  1. Garlic Rice – This is a simple Philippine fried recipe that calls for adding pantry staples plus some ground pork, but after reading comments made on the recipe from users, the pork can be omitted and vegetables such as mushrooms and green peppers can be added.
  2. Calas – A sweet rice fritter made with leftover rice, flour, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Like the garlic rice above, this too can be made with things you most likely already have in your pantry.
  3. Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice – If you’re looking to use up your leftover rice and the baskets full of tomatoes you’re bringing in from your garden, here’s a  Giada De Laurentiis that will help you. I’ve never made a recipe from Giada that I didn’t like.
  4. Anything Rice – This recipe takes your leftover rice, some eggs, onions, green peppers, and anything else you have leftover in your frig and creates a meal out of it.
  5. Rockin’ Rice Pudding – Tyler Florence’s recipe for rice pudding using three cups of cooked rice. Hmmm. I have three cups leftover from last night. Guess what I’ll be making tonight!
  6. One other tip – Cooked white rice can be frozen after it’s cooled, so if you can’t use it right away, put it in an airtight container and freeze it.

let me know if you have any suggestions too!

<3 kt

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2 Responses to “leftover cooked rice ideas”


  1. 1 Niche Topics November 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Great ideas! I use leftover rice to make walnut and mango salad; its really easy and delicious! Check out my site for the recipe if you have time :)

  2. 2 mrstetris November 9, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    thanks i loved the idea! i have a mango in my fridge that i need to use up! :)


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