6 Ways of How To Reheat Fried Rice

It is essential to know how to reheat fried rice correctly so you can enjoy any leftover rice safely. As a native Indonesian who has eaten rice as my staple almost daily for decades, I’ve learned six ways.

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Reheating Fried Rice: Six Ways

Fried rice is a popular takeout menu and a much-loved home meal choice. We often cook it in our household and sometimes order it from takeouts. 

Whether it’s plain fried rice, egg fried rice, or fried rice with meat and vegetables, it’s always a hit in our home!

Occasionally, I get excited about cooking the rice and making rice more than we need. More than likely, I’ve made too much for one meal so that we can enjoy it the next day, too.

Fried rice with a wooden slotted spoon.
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But whether it’s leftover rice from your favorite takeout or you made too much at home, knowing how to reheat fried rice properly can make a big difference.

Not only do you want to bring back that delicious flavor and texture, but you also want to learn how to do it safely.

Rewarming rice isn’t complicated, but the recommendation is to do it at a core temperature of at least 165°F/ 75°C.

Reheated leftover rice should be indistinguishable from freshly made fried rice when appropriately done, making your leftovers something to look forward to rather than a last resort while clearing out the fridge!

Here, I’ve included six quick and easy ways to revive your fried rice, along with tips and tricks on elevating it for any occasion.

I guarantee these methods will work like a charm; choose the best way for you!

Ingredients Needed

You only need two ingredients: your leftover fried rice and some liquid. 

  • Leftover Fried Rice: You can revive any fried rice, be it chicken fried rice, seafood fried rice, tuna fried rice, lamb, or vegetables.
  • Water: To keep the rice from drying out. You can use a flavorful vegetable or chicken broth instead of water to add more flavor to your rice.

Equipment Needed

The equipment you need for reheating fried rice will depend on your chosen method. 

  • Frying pan with a lid: Use a standard frying pan or a skillet with a lid.
  • Steamer: This is an excellent stovetop method to avoid using a frying pan. But you can also use an electric steamer if you have one.
  • Microwave: Any standard microwave will work; this is the best method to use if you’re in a rush. Check the power setting and adjust the cooking time as necessary. You will also need a suitable plate, bowl, or other container for this method.
  • Air Fryer: Any air fryer will work here. This method is ideal if you want to crisp up your rice slightly.
  • Instant Pot: An instant pot with an air fryer function is required, with a bowl that will fit in the pot.
  • Oven: Every oven works differently, so watch your oven as it cooks. Remember to use an oven-safe dish for your rice as well.

How to Reheat Fried Rice

While each method is a bit different, they will all reheat the rice evenly without drying it out. Choose the one that best suits your available appliances and time constraints.

Reheat Fried Rice on the Stovetop

Of all the six methods here, this is the best way to reheat fried rice because it is easy to do, and chances are you already have the equipment needed. And it is easy for you to check the texture and taste of the rice you reheat.

  1. Place your leftover rice in a skillet or a frying pan and sprinkle a tablespoon of water. Turn the heat to medium.
  2. Stir the rice as it heats, breaking up any clumps in the rice. Stirring the rice also ensures you don’t get any cold spots in the dish.
  3. It should take approximately 3 minutes for the rice to heat through. The rice will become fluffy again as the water evaporates through it.

Rewarm Fried Rice Using a Steamer

This method can take longer, but it revives the fluffy texture of the rice well, and it’s handy if you don’t have another appliance and have no space in the oven.

  1. Find a bowl or plate that fits your steamer, and set it at the bottom of the pot. The liquid will create steam. So, you don’t need to add anything to the rice for this method.
  2. Place the rice in the bowl and run a fork through it so it’s loosened.
  3. If using an electric steamer, turn it to medium power for about 3–5 minutes. For a stovetop steamer, use boiling water from the kettle for efficiency, and reheat the rice for 3 minutes once it starts steaming.

Reheat the Fried Rice in the Microwave

This method is excellent if you want your rice to be ready quickly. Taking just 2 minutes of cooking time, it’s the quickest method for reheating rice.

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  1. Place the fried rice on a microwave-safe plate and fork in some water, breaking up any clumps of rice as you do this.
  2. Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid on top of the rice. The lid will help create steam around the rice, keeping it moist. A damp paper towel will do the same, so use whatever you have.
  3. Cook the fried rice in the microwave on full power (700W+) for about 2 minutes. Be sure to adjust the power of your microwave if needed depending on the amount of rice you reheat, or you may overcook the rice.

Warm Up the Fried Rice in the Air Fryer

An air fryer is excellent to crisp up any bits of vegetables or eggs in the fried rice.

  1. Place a heat-proof bowl of fried rice in an air fryer basket.
  2. Stir in water or broth, and break up the rice with a spoon or fork.
  3. Set the air fryer to 356°F (180°C) for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the amount of rice. Stir halfway through.

Using the Instant Pot

  1. Place the rice in a container that fits inside the Instant Pot.
  2. Mix the water or broth into the rice with a spoon, breaking it up.
  3. Use the air fryer function and set it to 356°F (180°C) for 5 minutes. Stir halfway through.

Warming the Rice in the Oven

Heating rice in an oven is the most prolonged method. Still, it’s ideal if you have other things to cook in the oven anyway or if you want to add your rice to a dish in the oven.

  1. Preheat your oven to 392°F (200°C).
  2. Place the rice in an oven-safe baking dish and mix in the water.
  3. Bake your fried rice in the oven on the middle rack for about 7 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Tips and Tricks

Adding flavor: If your fried rice has lost some taste, or if you want to add more flavor, add a little soy sauce, sesame oil, or spices to rejuvenate it. You can also garnish your rice with fresh herbs like cilantro, freshly chopped green onions, or fried shallots.

Prevent the rice from going dry: The key to keeping your rice from drying out is to warm it with some liquid. You want to add just enough juice. You can choose water, stock, or broth to refresh the rice without making it soggy. Add one teaspoon of water per cup of rice to prevent the grains from drying out and becoming hard and crispy. 

FAQ

Can I store reheated fried rice?

You should not rewarm for a second time the rice that’s been cooked, stored, and reheated. So, keeping the reheated fried rice is not ideal.
It’s worth noting that you must store leftover fried rice in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated before warming it up.

Can egg-fried rice be reheated?

Yes, storing the egg-fried rice properly after being cooked and reheating it thoroughly to a safe temperature is safe.

Can you reheat fried rice the day after cooking it?

If your cooked rice is cooled, covered, and refrigerated within 2 hours of being freshly made, you can keep it for another day and reheat it later. You can freeze fried rice for up to 3 months and reheat it after thawing it.

Can I reheat my fried rice more than once?

I would only recommend doing it once, as it will have a different texture than the first or second time. Do so only with the portion you need, and keep the remaining in an airtight container in the fridge for as long as it’s still good.

Enjoy Your Fried Rice!

This detailed guide contains all you need to learn how to reheat fried rice perfectly, as well as how to store your leftovers safely in the first place.

Whether you’re in a rush to eat and need to use the microwave or have the time to use your oven and garnish it, these methods will ensure your fried rice will be just as (if not more) appetizing the second time.

This article originally appeared on Pink When.

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How To Reheat Fried Rice

Knowing how to reheat fried rice correctly is important. So you can enjoy any leftovers safely and avoid any food waste. Here are the six ways to do it!
Author: Devy Dar
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Indonesian
Servings: 2 portions

Equipment

  • Frying pan with a lid
  • Steamer.
  • A plate
  • Microwave
  • Air fryer
  • Instant pot.
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 2 portions of leftover fried rice
  • 2 teaspoons water

Instructions

Stovetop:

  • Place the rice on a frying pan, sprinkle the water over the rice, and turn the heat to medium.
  • Stir the rice as the heat reheats it. It takes approximately 3 minutes to warm up all the grains again. The rice will turn fluffy again as the water evaporates.

Steamer:

  • Put the rice in a bowl or plate that fits the steamer.
  • If you use an electric steamer, turn it on at medium power and let it warm the rice for about 3–5 minutes.
  • Using a steamer pot over the stove may take longer as it needs to boil the water before producing steam. I suggest you use boiling water from the kettle for the steamer pan. Reheat the rice for about 3 minutes after it starts to steam.

Microwave:

  • Place the rice on a plate and fork in the water.
  • Cover the plate with food cover for the microwave and set the microwave to 2 minutes on full power (700W+).

Air Fryer:

  • Put the rice in a container or a bowl that fits your air fryer.
  • Stir the water into the rice and put it inside the air fryer.
  • Turn the air fryer to 356°F/180°C for 5 minutes.
  • Check the rice halfway through the cooking time and stir.

Instant Pot:

  • Place the rice in a container that fits your Instant Pot bowl.
  • Mix the water with the rice, and place the bowl in the IP.
  • Press the air fryer function and set the timer to 5 minutes at 356°F/180°C. Then start.
  • Check the rice halfway through and stir.

Oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 392°F/200°C.
  • Put the rice in an ovenproof dish and mix with the water.
  • Place the dish on the middle rack of your oven and bake for about 7 minutes.
  • Check the rice halfway through and stir.

Notes

  • The liquid helps the rice grains retain moisture and turn fluffy again. You can opt not to use any water, but the rice tends to dry out on its outer skin this way and become slightly hard to bite.

Nutrition

Serving: 150grams | Calories: 2kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 0.04g | Fat: 0.01g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 0.3mg | Iron: 0.01mg

Disclaimer

Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.

Author: Devy Dar

Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer, and Digital Content Creator.

Bio:

Devy Dar founded So Yummy Recipes and Drizzling Flavor to share her love of food after exploring various cultures and cuisines for more than two decades. Her mission is to help others easily recreate traditional and non-traditional food with readily available ingredients. Her works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Al Jazeera, MSN, Yahoo, Bon Appetit, and more. 

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