Easy Recipes That Turn Leftover Rice Into a New Dish

Having leftover rice is a frustrating problem. No one wants to eat day-old rice on its own, but at the same time, there are only so many helpings of the white, brown, and wild stuff you can have. Some home chefs have their serving sizes down to a science, but if you’re one of those people who just can’t gauge how much your family is going to eat on a given night, rest assured that with these recipes, your leftover rice won’t go to waste.

In fact, it might even have a better taste when enlisted in these creative food formulas. Whether you’re craving something savory or sweet, we guarantee there’s a recipe on this list that’ll get you excited about your leftovers.

1. Rice Pudding

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First up is a rice pudding recipe from Taste of Home. Rice pudding is an old-fashioned dessert that many forget about, but after your first bite, you’ll kick yourself for not perfecting the recipe earlier. Requiring only 5 ingredients, this is a sweet treat you can make post-dinner or the day after.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional

Directions: Combine the rice, milk, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 20 minutes or until thickened. Stir often. Remove from the heat, and stir in vanilla. Spoon into serving dishes. Serve warm; top with whipped cream if desired.