The Best Way to Dry Rice

Once you've cooked and dried rice, you can make delicious fried rice with it.
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Homemade rice rarely achieves the taste and texture of restaurant rice for a very simple reason. Many home cooks don't know the secret behind traditional rice: dried, cooked rice. Freshly-cooked rice becomes too soft and loses its shape, but drying out rice in the freezer is an effective shortcut.


Things You'll Need

  • Baking sheet

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • Rice

  • Spatula

  • Timer


  1. Spray a baking sheet lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place the cooked rice onto the center of the oiled baking sheet.
  3. Spread the rice out on the baking sheet with a spatula. Make the layer of rice as thin as possible.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the freezer, and set the timer for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the rice from the freezer when the timer goes off.

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Don't leave the rice in the freezer for more than 30 minutes or it will freeze.

Let the rice come back to room temperature and blot it with paper towels to before frying it to avoid any water from melting ice crystals.



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