How To Reheat Rice In The Rice Cooker

Make leftover rice fluffy again.

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We've all done it: We cook rice for lunch, but when dinner rolls around, the leftover rice is no longer warm and fluffy as it originally was when it was first cooked. 

It may be touch and go when cooking rice on the stovetop but with rice cookers, it's become even easier to accomplish this daily ritual. It's even easier with a rice cooker. However, the texture of freshly cooked rice is just not the same as the leftover rice. You normally just need to press the "On" plunger back down to "cooking". However, it's not always as simple as that because the leftover rice is sometimes too dry to return it back to its fluffy state. 

To achieve near freshly cooked rice again, you need to do add something to the rice before you turn the rice cooker back on: 

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water. 

The amount actually depends on how much rice is leftover. For every 1 cup leftover rice, use about 1 tablespoon water but don't go overboard or you might end up with mushy rice. Just drizzle the water all over the top of the rice that's still in the rice cooker, place the lid back on, and press the plunger back to "On". 

You can make leftover rice nice and fluffy again!
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What you should remember is that the steam that is generated by the little bit of water that you do add is what will plump up the rice back to the fluffy state that we all want. 

So, try it the next time you have leftover rice that has become too dry to be delicious to eat.


Reheating rice in the rice cooker is not the only way to do it! You can do this same rice reheating tip with rice cooked on the stovetop, too. You can also add a little water as well to fried rice dishes you may be cooking that don't use any additional wet ingredients in the recipe as well.

Here are more articles to read on other ways to reheat rice plus tips and tricks you may not know about reheating other kinds of food: 


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