3 Delicious Ways to Repurpose Overcooked Rice

June 9, 2015

How many times have you set a batch of rice to cook on the stove, only to discover that (30 minutes and 4 cups of water later) the final product is excessively liquid-y and mushy?

It happens to the best of us, regardless of our prior cooking experience. Different types of rice can require different amounts of water. Package directions can be faulty. Even different altitudes can be to blame for variations in cooking methods.

It would be wasteful of both time and money to throw the mushy rice away and start again, but do you really want to eat a grain that resembles the texture of baby food?

Maybe that’s your thing (and that’s okay), but most of us are probably shaking our heads at the thought of eating the “ruined” rice.

Before you take it to the trash can, try out any of the following recipes to save your rice with just a few simple tweaks. They all taste great and hide the overcooked texture.

1. Rice Pancakes for Breakfast

3 Delicious Ways to Repurpose Overcooked Rice

Pro tip: slather with apple butter and non-dairy whipped cream


  • 1 tbs. vegan butter
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1-2 tbs. flax meal
  • 1 tbs. vegan sugar (optional)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon


  • Melt butter in skillet over medium heat
  • Combine remaining ingredients and transfer to skillet in 3-4 rounds
  • Bring burner to high heat and cook until crispy, flip, and repeat on other side

2. Rice Casserole for Lunch

3 Delicious Ways to Repurpose Overcooked Rice

Pro tip: add more cheese


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms (canned or fresh)
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400º
  • Combine first four ingredients in mixing bowl, then transfer to greased, oven-safe baking dish
  • Sprinkle cheese evenly over top of the rice mixture
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes

3. Rice Pudding for Dessert

3 Delicious Ways to Repurpose Overcooked Rice

Pro tip: top with chopped up energy bar or fried fruit/nuts


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs. vegan sugar
  • Dash of salt


  • Combine all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until mixture thickens and desired texture is reached

Each of these recipes makes about one serving, but feel free to double or triple the ingredients if you have rice to spare.

*If you need the rice as-is and don’t want to use it for a different recipe, here’s one more trick: Put the rice in a sealed container and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, the rice will have consolidated and separated from the water. Just open the container and drain the excess liquid.

Do you ever overcook your rice or other grains? How do you like to remedy it?

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Photo: Quincy Malesovas

Quincy is an NC-based college student who is passionate about leading a healthy and compassionate life. Aside from classes, she fills her time with cooking, writing, travel, and yoga. You can find more from her on her blog Shugurcän and on Instagram.


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