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How to Fix Rice if It Is Soggy

Updated April 17, 2017

Fluffy rice can be used in a variety of culinary applications from sushi to stir fry to casseroles. Rice can be cooked in the microwave, a rice maker or even on the hob. No matter the method used, obtaining fluffy and cooked rice can be a difficult task. When you add too much water to the rice before cooking it can result in a soggy texture that is not appetizing, but not worthy of being throw away just yet either.

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  1. Fix in a saucepan. Place rice in a saucepan if it was cooked in a bowl or rice cooker. Place the saucepan over low heat on the hob and cook to help evaporate the extra moisture in the rice. Fluff the rice with a fork and rotate it around in the pot to help the liquid evaporate evenly.

  2. Fix in the oven. Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature setting. Turn the rice out onto a baking tray that is not lined. Cook in the oven until the liquid has evaporated and the rice is slightly dried out. Fluff the rice with a fork.

  3. Fix in the microwave. Place soggy rice on a microwave-safe plate and heat in the microwave for several minutes until the water has evaporated and the rice is sticky. Fluff with a fork and serve.

  4. Tip

    Prepare overly soggy rice in rice pudding, casserole or stew recipes when drying methods do not work instead.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soggy rice
  • Baking tray
  • Saucepan
  • Microwave
  • Plate

About the Author

Shailynn Krow began writing professionally in 2002. She has contributed articles on food, weddings, travel, human resources/management and parenting to numerous online and offline publications. Krow holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Science in pastry arts from the International Culinary Institute of America.

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