How To Reheat Risotto: Three Simple and Easy Methods

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Have you tried reheating risotto using a microwave? There’s a chance that like me, you also ended up with dry goop that’s difficult to eat! If you’d like to learn how to reheat risotto properly, read on.

I’m writing this list because:)I absolutely love risotto and cook it on a regular basis, and  I’ve tried all these methods and love them, so I’d like to share them with you! It’s an absolute shame to throw away such a delicious dish. This post will give you some tips and tricks on how you’ll be able to bring back the flavors of your risotto leftovers.

Is It Advisable To Reheat Risotto?

Yes, reheating risotto is completely acceptable! All you need to do are the right tools and correct methods. Here are some of the most essential ones.
Take note that this post does not include the microwave option. I’ve tried this and sometimes had decent results, but it’s being scrapped off the list because it’s my least favorite. The rice ends up dry, thus affecting overall texture.

How To Reheat Risotto? Simple Methods

Reheating Risotto Using a Pan

Things You’ll Need

  • Non-stick frying pan
  • Butter
  • Vodka or wine
  • Cheese

This is one of my favorite methods because it can actually bring back the old texture of the dish! Using a non-stick frying pan will allow you to easily combine the ingredients.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Add The Butter to The Pan

It doesn’t matter if you’re using an electric stove or gas—simply set it low heat, and you’re good to go. Since we’re not exactly following a recipe here, it’s best to use your own judgment. In my case, it’s about half a teaspoon of butter for one cup of leftover risotto.

Reheating Risotto Using A Double Boiler

This is for those who want to reheat the risotto without microwaving or cooking it again. Using a double boiler can bring back some of the moisture, so you don’t need to add any liquid.

Things You’ll Need

  • A pot
  • A steamer basket

You can reheat using an electric steamer <this costs way more, but it’s a good investment>, but if you don’t have one, no worries! A regular pot will do.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Boil Water

Fill the pot with about two to three inches of water, and light up your stove to medium heat. Then, place the steamer basket on top. Make sure that the water in the pot doesn’t touch the base of the basket.

Turning Risotto Into A New Dish

If these two ways how to reheat risotto aren’t enough for you, you can try turning your leftovers into a new dish!

This is obviously not “reheating” the risotto per se, but since you’ll be using leftovers, I think that it fits the category. I’ve actually done this a couple of times, and they are delicious! Just as delicious as the risotto itself when I first cooked it.

Arancini Ingredients – Things you’ll need

Arancini, by definition, are fried balls of rice that are stuffed with filling and coated with breadcrumbs. It’s very easy to make these—simply combine the following:
bread crumbs

  • Egg
  • Parmesan
  • mozzarella
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs

Note: This is for one cup of leftover risotto. Just adjust the measurements if you have more leftovers.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Prepare Your Pan

Prepare your pan and vegetable oil <about an inch of oil for every cup of leftover risotto> and set aside. It’s best to use non-stick type for this—you don’t want to have your risotto balls sticking to the pan. Set aside.

Pro Tips

Top The Risotto With Cheese <Optional>

When reheating the leftover risotto, you can add some cheese once the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Now that the risotto has been brought back to life, you can start adding things like herbs and spices. Get creative!

Make Dips

The arancini will already be very flavorful because of the parmesan, but you can add more depth to the flavor by making some dips to go with it. I’ve tried making some Arrabiata sauce and it was delicious!


Did you learn anything new in this tutorial? I sure hope you did! I had a wonderful time writing it. Whether you’re reheating or turning your leftovers into a new dish, I hope my instructions helped!

This is such a delicious dish, so don’t just throw the leftovers away. Now that you know how to reheat risotto, you can start sharing it with your friends!

Let me know below if you have any comments, and maybe share some suggestions as well!

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