Here’s How To Repurpose Your Leftover Sushi Rice Into 5 Delicious Meals

leftover sushi rice

We’ve all been there: you’re at the sushi restaurant, you order an amazing roll, and then you ask for the leftovers.

You think that’s all over? Nope! There are plenty of ways to use your leftover sushi rice.

How to store leftover sushi rice

If you want to store leftover sushi rice in the fridge, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.

If you want to freeze your sushi rice, use a freezer bag and make sure that all of the air has been removed before sealing it shut.

To use the frozen rice in another recipe, thaw it first before cooking it according to package instructions.

If you want to store leftover sushi rice in the fridge, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.

If you want to freeze your sushi rice, use a freezer bag and make sure that all of the air has been removed before sealing it shut.

To use the frozen rice in another recipe, thaw it first before cooking it according to package instructions.

 If you want to store leftover sushi rice in the fridge, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.

If you want to freeze your sushi rice, use a freezer bag and make sure that all of the air has been removed before sealing it shut.

5 ideas for leftover sushi rice

Make a healthier fried rice

Leftover rice: Instead of buying frozen cooked rice in a bag, which is often processed and high in sodium, you can use leftover rice that you’ve made at home.

This saves money and allows you to make healthier fried rice even when your fridge is nearly empty.

Leftover veggies: If you plan ahead and make sure there are plenty of extra veggies left over from dinner or lunchtime salads, those can be used to make healthier fried rice.

You can add any kind of vegetable that’s leftover! Some suggestions include carrots, mushrooms (look for them at Trader Joe’s), green beans (these taste best when cut into small pieces first), or whatever else strikes your fancy!

Leftovers from last night’s dinner: You don’t have to stick with just vegetables—you could also use leftover meat from last night’s meal if it goes well with the other ingredients in this recipe for healthier fried rice! Chicken is always good here because it adds more protein without adding too many calories; however if vegetarianism isn’t your thing then feel free to use ground beef instead! The possibilities are endless when it comes down what kinds of meats work best here…just remember not all meats go equally well together so make sure they’re compatible before adding too much into one dish like this one might be considered “one dish” type thing…I guess? Anyway let’s move on now before I start getting confused again.

Make Onigiri (rice balls)

Nishiki Premium Grade Sushi Rice 2lbs Bag (1 Pack)

Onigiri are the perfect way to use up leftover rice.

They’re fun to make and even more fun to eat!

  • Cook the sushi rice as you normally would, but let it cool down for at least 15 minutes before rolling into balls.
  • Add a small amount of salt or sugar (or both) on top of each ball before rolling them in kombu seaweed or nori sheets with their shiny side facing outwards (this is important).
  • It will give your onigiri a nice crunchy exterior once they’re cooked!
  • Place each ball on parchment paper and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown in color (they’ll still be soft when they come out of the oven).
  • You can also fry these in oil instead, which gives them a crunchier outside while remaining chewy inside like normal sushi rice!.
  • Be careful because they WILL burn easily so keep an eye on those babies while they cook! If you don’t have any leftovers then simply cook 1 cup uncooked short grain japanese style white rice per person plus 2 tsp salt per cup – this should yield enough for three people if not four depending on how hungry everyone is 🙂

Use it in other recipes that call for rice

If you have leftover sushi rice, here are some ideas for how to use it up.

  • Add sushi rice to a stir fry.
  • Sushi rice is a great addition to any stir fry because it will add flavor and keep your meal light and healthy.
  • Use it in a curry recipe.
  • If you’re making a chicken or vegetable curry, use leftover sushi rice instead of plain white rice because the vinegar in the sushi rice will give your dish an extra kick!
  • Add leftover sushi rice to soup recipes for extra crunch and texture! It’s especially good with miso soup or hot-and-sour soup—just add some soy sauce or fish sauce if needed after cooking the rest of the ingredients together on low heat for at least 10 minutes before serving (soy sauce makes everything taste better).
  • Mix up different types of vegetables into one big salad by adding finely chopped carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes along with leftover tuna from last night’s dinner; top off this delicious dish with some avocado slices before eating!

Make Sushi Pizza

Sushi pizza is a great way to use your leftover rice.

Use the same amount of rice as you would for making sushi, but instead of adding vinegar and sugar, add tomato sauce and cheese.

Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

Make sure to place the pizza in an oven-safe dish so that it doesn’t stick!

Another option is to make simple fried rice with your leftover sushi rice: Heat oil in a pan; add chopped garlic and onions; sauté until soft; add cooked chicken or fish (optional) and soy sauce if desired; stir in cooked white or brown rice; heat through until warm throughout.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some bacon pieces while cooking!

If you’re looking for a more traditional fried rice, add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce to the pan with your garlic and onions.

Cook until fragrant; add cooked white or brown rice; stir until warm throughout; heat through if desired.

Use it in a grain bowl

Here’s a great way to use leftover sushi rice: in a grain bowl.

Grain bowls are the ideal way to use up any leftover cooked grains you have.

If you don’t have any leftovers, that’s fine too! You can use plain old white or brown rice or another grain like quinoa, farro or wheat berries as the base of your grain bowl.

To make your own grain bowl, start by cooking some rice or another grain according to package directions using vegetable broth instead of water for extra flavor and nutrition.

While it’s cooking, prep some veggies—choose as many or few as you want like bell peppers cut into strips; carrots sliced on an angle; edamame (fresh green soybeans); radishes chopped into quarters—and mix them together with whatever toppings sound good to you (I’m partial to avocado slices).

When the grains are done cooking add them along with their liquid into a large mixing bowl and combine it all together before topping with veggies and other toppings such as sesame seeds or tahini dressing.

Grain bowls are so versatile.

You can serve them warm, cold or at room temperature.

They’re also a great way to use up leftover vegetables from the week’s meals because you can add whatever veggies you have on hand—peppers, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes are all delicious in grain bowls!

Conclusion

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