How to Reheat Risotto: Three Simple and Easy Methods
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 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 Using a Pan
Things You'll Need
- Non-stick frying pan
- Vodka or wine
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.
This ingredient will not only add creaminess to the risotto—it will also pack more flavor to it. The butter will work with the liquid that will be added, which brings us to the next item…
Leftover risotto, when placed in the fridge, will get dry. This is why you need to add some liquid to it.
While water and chicken stock could work, using an alcoholic beverage like vodka and wine will help tenderize the rice better. So no, I’m not trying to get you drunk!
This doesn’t have any strict rules, and it’s actually optional. Just use whatever you have on hand, as you’ll just be sprinkling the cheese on top. I would suggest Parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano or any hard cheese that you can grate.
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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 judgement. In my case, it’s about half a teaspoon of butter for one cup of leftover risotto.
Add The Wine or Vodka.
Once the butter has melted, increase the heat to medium and add a splash of white wine or vodka. Allow these to simmer for a minute. For every cup of leftover risotto, start with about 1/8 cup of the alcoholic liquid, but again, use your judgment. It’s best to start with a small amount so you don’t get that alcoholic flavor.
Add The Leftover Risotto
Simply place your leftover risotto in the pan, and start stirring. Your goal is to bring back the texture it had the first time you cooked it. This batch will not be as fresh, as there will be too much water already.
You can bring back the deliciousness, however. So don’t be afraid to experiment and top it with whatever herbs or cheeses you have on hand.
Reheating 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.
It’s best to have a streamer basket that can be adjusted, so that you can use any pot you have at home.
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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.
Add The Risotto.
Put your leftover risotto in a bowl and simply put it on top of your steamer basket. Cover and steam this for about five minutes (for about a cup of risotto).If you have a bigger serving, just keep checking until the rice is moist. If it doesn’t reach the consistency you like, you can also add a splash of wine, chicken stock, or water.
Turning Risotto Into a New Dish
If these two ways on 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
- Vegetable oil
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/3 cup mozzarella
Note: This is for one cup of leftover risotto. Just adjust the measurements if you have more leftovers.
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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.
Combine The Ingredients For Arancini
Combine the leftover risotto, bread crumbs, eggs, and Parmesan <or any type of hard cheese> in a bowl. Then, cut your mozzarella into small cubes—each cube will be placed inside the risotto balls.
Form The Risotto Balls And Fry
Simply form small 1.5 to 2-inch diameter balls with a mozzarella cube inside. The eggs and bread crumbs are for binding all of the ingredients together—imagine making meatballs, but with rice!
Brown The Risotto Balls And Serve
Add the rice balls into the pan once it reaches medium heat. Once they’re brown <this usually takes about 4-5 minutes>, take them out and place them on a paper towel before serving.
After cooling for about five minutes, you’re ready to serve and enjoy a whole new different dish!
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!
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!
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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!