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By 9 found this helpful
August 18, 2011

I recently cooked a whole package of brown rice and made stir fried rice, which was very good. This was for a group buffet and I ended up with quite a bit left over. On the buffet, it was served with sliced turkey. There are just two of us at home and we didn't want to eat stir fry rice every day for a week.

The first night, I served it with meatloaf which I had in the freezer.

The second night, I added some browned hamburger and taco seasonings and we had taco salad.

The third night, I added it to hamburger and sausage mixture, and made stuffed green peppers.

We enjoyed each different meal and it didn't seem that we were eating leftover rice. In fact, it made meal preparation very easy for me with this one ingredient ready to use. I might just cook a bunch of rice, and repeat this meal plan again someday.

By Ruth in Ohio

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By 2 found this helpful
October 7, 2009

We made too much rice for our dinner, and had a lot left over. Rather than waste it, I put it into portions in freezer bags. I tied a knot half way-up after squeezing the air out, and put it in the refrigerator. It will keep for about 5 days until you need some for another meal. Pop it in the microwave on full power for 1 minute-10 seconds. Place on plate, cut the bag under the knot, and pour out. Saved the rice, saved on time and money.


By dennis mills from Newport, Wales, UK

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By 1 found this helpful
April 19, 2010

Want to perk up leftover plain rice or Rice A Roni Pilaf rice? Combine the rice with partially defrosted stir fry vegetables and soy sauce (to your taste). Add a small can of mushrooms, a can of sliced water chestnuts, and a few chopped green onions. Mix all together, add the soy sauce, and heat in a large fry pan. Toss while heating.

An even easier way of doing this quick, tasty dish is to just partially defrost a couple of veggie patties, and chop them up with the rice, and add soy sauce to your taste.

By Darlene from Nine Mile Falls, WA

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October 25, 2018

In our household, we do not own a microwave. When we have leftover rice, we'll make soup the following day.

Then the leftover refrigerated rice will be scooped into a bowl, and topped with the hot soup. You will get the perfect balance of a warm, ready to eat and complete meal.

This process helps you minimize food waste, allows you to have a complete meal afterwards and provides the perfect temperature to eat without waiting for the soup to cool down.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 22, 2008

How can I use leftover pork fried rice?



July 22, 20080 found this helpful

Work it into a stirfry dish

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July 22, 20080 found this helpful

Like I would ever have this problem! Seriously, I think it's great just reheated, but I've also mixed it into scrambled eggs before.

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July 22, 20080 found this helpful

Mix it into a salad. If you make a chicken or pork pot pie, toss it in with the other ingredients. Put cubed cooked chicken or pork on it for a main dish.


You can also mix it in with your stuffing. Add it to meatloaf. Toss it into chicken soup. Try something new. Dianne

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July 22, 20080 found this helpful

Add some water, veggies and chicken for a great soup!!

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July 23, 20080 found this helpful

Mary. I would be very careful when re -using fried rice. It supposed harbour a lot of bacteria that can cause stomach upsets. Best to make sure it has been thoroughly reheated.

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By glinda (Guest Post)
July 23, 20080 found this helpful

I like using leftover fried rice in stir frys, soups, chili, or as a added side to any meat dish I am serving such as pork chops, or chicken. Also, I like fried left over rice with sausage or bacon for breakfast. I think my favorite would be the soup, I love left over rice in homemade vege soup!

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By Melanie from NC (Guest Post)
July 23, 20080 found this helpful

Wrap it up in a tortilla with some chicken, Great lunch!

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By U*u*U (Guest Post)
July 27, 20080 found this helpful

Take about a cup of leftover rice and add it to 4 cups of stock. Simmer for at least two hours. Stir from the bottom occasionally. Take the whole thing and put it in a blender. Blend till it looks like oatmeal. At this stage, you can add a little more stock to thin it down if you like.


If you have any sesame oil, green onions or leftovers to add, it can only make it better. This works nicely with white rice as well. I use jasmine.

This is a variation of a classic soup called 'Congee'. In china, it's a breakfast staple, but it's wonderful as a lunch with extra meat added.

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August 5, 20080 found this helpful

If you make a scrambled egg wrap and stuff it with hot fried rice it is wonderful! You can top it off with nuts of your choice- or make a egg foo yong gravy to go over top-yum!!

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By Barbara J Snyder (Guest Post)
August 5, 20080 found this helpful

Same with ChloeA, honey, leftover fried rice is good reheated with some duck sauce or scrambled eggs. Hey, it has all the veggies.

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December 30, 20130 found this helpful

What can I make to repurpose leftover pork fried rice? I don"t want to waste it.

By Priscilla


August 15, 20170 found this helpful

Buy some thick pork chops and use the rice mixture for a stuffing in the pork chops.

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August 15, 20170 found this helpful

You could freeze it and add it when you make soup.

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October 7, 20090 found this helpful

I use a rice cooker and often have leftover rice. Rather than throw it away, I do what my old Japanese roommate used to do, freeze it! Place leftover cooked rice in plastic wrap or a ziploc baggie and put it in the freezer. It will keep for a long time and only need a few seconds in the microwave to heat up. Tastes great after being frozen.


*Tip - freeze in individual serving sizes for a quick lunch. Add some frozen veggies and sauce and voila!

By Carrie from Yakima, WA


Leftover Rice

Works for all cooked whole grains. Next time you make a brothy soup, you can throw in the whole frozen chunk and let it thaw itself in the soup. (Take off the baggie first, for those not paying close attention. lol) (12/18/2006)

By Speedwell

Leftover Rice

One of my favorite things to do with rice (my kid's favorite, too) is to make rice cakes: 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. flour for every 1 cup of rice, then add whatever is leftover: meat, veggies, and a nice handful of cheese! Stir together, it will slightly stick together. Fry in a little butter or butter-spray, golden on both sides! Great way to use up the bits of leftovers, very versatile. (12/18/2006)


By Kim

Leftover Rice

With leftover rice, add half milk and half evaporated milk, sugar to taste a little nutmeg and a few currants. Heat in a thick bottom pot, stirring all the time, and you have a delicious English rice pudding. Yummy! (06/17/2008)

By Barbara

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