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How To Keep Rice Warm In A Saucepan

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: February 3, 2024

There are many different ways of keeping cooked rice warm. The usual suspects are, of course, to keep it in a rice cooker. Be sure you have a model with the “keep warm” feature. Here, I will outline how to keep rice warm in a saucepan

That will get the job done because it can keep your rice warm for two or three hours. And that’s the case even with the best rice cookers. So, you shouldn’t expect to get more than that.

Then, you can try the same trick with a crock pot. This is another popular way of keeping different food types, including hot rice. Plug the slow cooker in and keep it in its lowest heat setting.

How long you leave it like that depends on how your crock pot works and how hot you want the rice to get. You should also look at its instruction manual to learn how your slow cooker functions so there are no mistakes.

But if you don’t have either of these options and want to keep your rice warm, you must fall back on some tricks that traditional rice eaters use. Here we go.

Warming Up Rice With A Saucepan

No matter how you cook your rice, there is always a way to heat it up. You need to know how to do it so the taste doesn’t get compromised. You might think you don’t need to worry about that when dealing with rice. But anything you cook can go south if you’re not smart.

Now, if you have rice that needs warming up but don’t have a rice cooker or a crock pot, you can get the job done with a simple, good-quality saucepan. It might seem a bit implausible, but it’s absolutely not. So, here’s how you do it.

  • Step 1: Switch on the stove and keep the burner on the lowest heat setting.
  • Step 2: Place the pan on the burner and let it become just a bit warm. Add the rice to the saucepan.
  • Step 3: Put a lid on the pan so that moisture doesn’t escape the immediate atmosphere of the rice. Otherwise, the rice will become dry as the saucepan gets heated up. 
  • Step 4: Remember not to leave it like this for a long time because the rice will dry and burn. So, you want to remove the lid and occasionally stir the rice.
  • Step 5: Increase the heat to medium-low, remove the lid, and stir the rice. You can also sprinkle some water here to ensure the rice stays moist. This is because you turned up the heat and took away the lid. This will speed up the process without compromising the quality of the cooked rice.
steam coming off a hot spoonful of white rice - how to keep rice warm in a saucepan

Luckily, these are not the only ways to warm up cooked rice. As always, you can also do the same in a microwave, which works fine. Just read the instructions so you don’t get warm but inedible rice.


How To Keep Rice Warm In A Saucepan: Summing It Up

This is an efficient process if it’s been over an hour since the rice was cooked. And it is worth learning how to do this since there is no way to keep rice warm for more than a few hours. Your best bet is to learn how to do this right to enjoy a warm meal whenever you want.

Chef and Restaurant Owner Matty Riedel
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