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    The 30 BEST Leftover Rice Recipes

    Are you wondering what to make with leftover rice? Maybe waiting to turn it into something new? This is the list for you!

    We’ve compiled this list of easy Leftover Rice Recipes to help you make the best use of it.

    You’ll find a big assortment of different main courses, side dishes, soups and more. Whatever flavors you’re craving, there’s something delicious for you to cook with leftovers rice.

    Cook your way through all of these great leftover rice recipes. Maybe next time you’ll make an even bigger batch so you have plenty of leftovers!

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    The Best Leftover Rice Recipes:

    1. Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice

    Aloha! Is that what this bowl of Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice is saying to you? This colorful, pretty little bowl is loaded with so many flavors.

    Sweet? Yup. Savory? Yeah. Umami? Oh boy!! All this from a few leftover ingredients lying around your house.

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    2. Green Rice Casserole

    Green rice casserole is a great addition to your recipe collection. Creamy, cheesy goodness with spinach and peppers, this is a great side or meatless main course.

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    3. Salmon Rice Bowl

    This Salmon Rice Bowl is a great way to use leftovers, and it only takes moments to prepare.

    If you have some leftover salmon and rice in the fridge, this is the best and easiest way to repurpose it for a quick lunch.

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    4. Thai Basil Fried Rice

    Here’s a little spin on your leftover rice with a huge flavor upgrade!! This Thai Basil Fried Rice is infused with such amazing spicy and umami flavors that you will wonder how simple fried rice can be so tasty.

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    5. Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl)

    Make the most popular Japanese rice bowl in your own kitchen, with this Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl) recipe!

    It is simply a savory and flavorful pork cutlet omelet over a bed of rice. This delicious staple dish of Japan is the best comfort food you can try.

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    6. Pork Fried Rice

    The quintessential Chinese takeout side dish, Pork Fried Rice, right in your own kitchen!

    It’s literally a breeze to throw together this easy fried rice recipe, and it’s the perfect use for leftover rice.

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    7. Hibachi Fried Rice

    If you’re a rice lover like me, this easy Hibachi Fried Rice recipe is a must! It’s so quick to make, and the taste is just too good.

    Made famous by Japanese steakhouses like Benihana, it’s the perfect side dish for any of your favorite stir fry dishes.

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    8. Stuffed Bell Peppers

    This is the best version of the classic Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe! This delicious dish is loaded with flavorful ingredients which are comforting and filling. You can relish this dish as it is, or serve it with a fresh salad that makes an easy dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    9. Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl

    Make the most delicious Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl, which is an extremely easy-to-make recipe! This healthy bowl is jam-packed with your favorite ingredients, and can easily be prepped ahead of time. It’s the perfect weeknight meal.

    Get the Recipe @ themodernproper

    10. Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

    Enjoy this cheesy and crunchy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole recipe with your family!

    This easy and delicious casserole is absolute comfort food, made with simple everyday ingredients. Your kids will definitely come for the second round.

    Get the Recipe @ theseasonedmom

    11. Stuffed Pepper Soup

    This classic Stuffed Peppers Soup recipe is a one-pot meal made with traditional flavors! This delicious soup is perfect for winter days when you crave something hot and comforting.

    Get the Recipe @ twopeasandtheirpod

    12. Bibimbap (Korean Rice Bowl)

    You will get addicted to this Bibimbap (Korean Rice Bowl) recipe! This delicious Korean dish is well seasoned and perfectly balanced with flavorful savory bibimbap sauce.

    A great way to use your leftover rice.

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    13. Chicken and Rice Soup

    Add this super delicious Chicken and Rice Soup recipe to your favorite comfort food list.

    It’s a simple and flavorsome soup that’s loaded with healthy ingredients, and gets ready in just 35 minutes! Perfect when you feel under the weather or on chilly days.

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    14. Hamburger Casserole with Rice

    Give your Hamburger a healthy and comforting twist by making this Hamburger Casserole with Rice recipe!

    This easy, cheesy and simple casserole is well seasoned and gets ready in no time. You can easily customize this and make it your own.

    Get the Recipe @ theseasonedmom

    15. Beef Burrito Casserole

    Take your leftover rice to a whole new level of deliciousness by making this Beef Burrito Casserole recipe!

    This bowl is loaded with beans, rice, salsa, and lots of cheese, making it an irresistible and satisfying meal that your entire family will love.

    Get the Recipe @ budgetbytes

    16. Quick Hummus Bowls

    Make this super quick and delicious Mediterranean-style meal when you’re short on time. This Hummus Bowl recipe is so simple to make, with fresh crunchy veggies, hummus, rice, and pita wedges.

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    17. Tawa Pulao

    This Tawa Pulao recipe is a popular Indian Street food style dish. Make your leftover rice super flavorful by adding these Indian spices and veggies.

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    18. Crispy Salmon Rice Bowl

    Make your dinner super easy and flavorful with this Crispy Salmon Rice Bowl. This delicious bowl comes together in less than 30 minutes and is packed with pan-seared salmon, leftover rice, and lots of fresh toppings.

    Get the Recipe @ themediterrraneandish

    19. Cowboy Rice Salad

    This is the ultimate Cowboy Rice Salad recipe. It’s extremely flavorful and loaded with lots of delicious ingredients and a super tasty and zingy lime dressing.

    You will love these Southwestern flavors, and it will be a hit salad dish in your home.

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    20. Greek Rice with Lemon and Feta

    Unbelievably easy and simple, this Greek Rice with Lemon and Feta recipe will be the best side dish you ever make. This 10 minutes dish is perfect for busy days, and great for utilizing your leftover rice.

    Get the Recipe @ laughingspatula

    21. Mexican Fried Rice

    Make this stunning and classic Mexican-flavored fried rice in the comfort of your home! It’s a delicious one-pot dish that is packed with great flavors and ingredients. This meal is perfect for a weeknight dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ cravinghomecooked

    22. Leftover Rice Pudding

    This is the best and most delicious way to eat your leftover rice for breakfast, lunch, or dessert! It’s a simple and healthy dish that can be easily customized, and will be loved by everyone in the family.

    Get the Recipe @ weelicious

    23. Curd Rice 

    The Curd Rice recipe is a famous South Indian dish that is perfect for summertime. This healthy and flavorful dish will be easy on your stomach.

    It’s extremely simple to make and gets ready in no time.

    Get the Recipe @ palatesdesire

    24. Jambalaya Fried Rice

    Jambalaya Fried Rice is the best fusion dish you can make for your loved ones! The well balanced Cajun spices, sausages and okra makes this dish super delicious and satisfying. Make this flavorful and easy one pan dish any time of the week.

    Get the Recipe @ omnivorescookbook

    25. Chicken and Rice Enchiladas 

    Give your leftovers a Mexican flair by making this Chicken and Rice Enchilada recipe. This dish is very easy to make, with awesome flavors of enchiladas that everyone will simply love.

    Get the Recipe @ simplyscratch

    26. Rice Korokke

    Make an irresistible appetizer using leftover rice with this Rice Korokke recipe! This Japanese dish is absolutely delicious, made with seasoned rice, cheese, and crispy panko.

    You can also use this korokke as a side dish and pair it with your favorite meal.

    Get the Recipe @ okonomikitchen

    27. Breakfast Fried Rice

    Jazz up your leftover rice by using breakfast ingredients and make this delicious stir fry! Breakfast Fried Rice is made with bacon, eggs, rice, and green onions. You can relish this dish not only for breakfast, but any time of the day.

    Get the Recipe @ lexiscleankitchen

    28. Easy Chicken Fajitas with Cheesy Enchilada Rice

    This Easy Chicken Fajita with Cheesy Enchilada Rice recipe is going to become your household favorite!

    The recipe is so delicious and easy to make, with all the Mexican flavors and ingredients with a homemade special sauce. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner…

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    29. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

    This Teriyaki Chinese Casserole is so easy to make, and is definitely a crowd-pleasing recipe. It is a veggie-packed and healthy one-pan meal that everyone will enjoy. It tastes great the next day, too.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    30. Chipotle Chicken and Avocado Rice Soup

    Love a chicken soup bursting with earthy spicy flavors? Then this Chipotle Chicken and Avocado Rice Soup is for you!

    You will love how easy and flavorful it is to make this hearty soup with smoky chipotle flavor.

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    So there you go, thirty easy leftover rice recipes. The only question now is, which to try first?

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    The Best 30 Leftover Rice Recipes

    This collection of easy Leftover Rice Recipes is just what you need when you cook a huge batch of your favorite grain. We love this easy casserole:


    • 2.5 cups cooked basmati or long grain rice
    • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    • 1 medium size green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 4 scallions, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
    • 1 cup ricotta cheese
    • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste


      1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 2 quart casserole or cast iron pan and set aside.
      2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice, about three-quarters of the cheddar, ricotta, sour cream, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Mix till well blended.
      3. Add in spinach, bell pepper, and scallions and mix till well blended.
      4. Scrape the mixture into the prepared casserole. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese evenly over the top and bake till golden, about 30 minutes.
      5. Rest for 5 minutes and serve.

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