How To Reheat Rice In Air Fryer

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How to reheat rice. Today, we are going to show you a quick way to reheat rice in the air fryer. Ideal for leftover Chinese food, when you made more rice than you needed, chicken fried rice ready meals or egg fried rice you have in the freezer.

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How To Reheat Rice In Air Fryer

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Reheating Rice

Dominic is back again, as the culinary trained chef at Recipe This sharing with you how to cook your frozen rice in the air fryer.

Reheating fried rice in the air fryer was never planned and was one of those recipes by accident as we like to call them at Recipe This. Where we have been experimenting with something and never planned to make a recipe from it.

Then one of our readers will have asked us a question, we tried it out, loved it and then thought we better put this on the blog for you to enjoy.

Well anyway we wanted to see how air fryer TV dinners, or air fryer ready meals as you might call them, worked out in the air fryer. We bought a mixture of Chinese takeout boxes from our local Iceland supermarket.

chinese takeout chicken fried rice in the box

Focus was very much on the air fryer frozen sweet and sour chicken balls, but we did a mix and match. But what surprised us the most was how delicious the egg fried rice turned out in the air fryer and as part of our reheat food in the air fryer series, we wanted to show you the results.

This is exactly what happened and how to reheat rice in the air fryer without fear of food poisoning and so that it tastes like the best egg fried rice you have ever tried.

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Can You Reheat Rice?

You certainly can reheat rice. I know that reheating rice scares a lot of people. Its so difficult to get it wrong and it can of course lead to food poisoning. But get the cook time and the temperature right and you have a delicious meal.

If you are looking for an instant pot alternative though, do check out our paella rice soup, as that is a fantastic alternative.

If you are wondering can you reheat chicken fried rice, then the answer is also yes.

Same rules apply as cooking regular fried rice. But you want to keep an eye on the chicken as it would be awful if your chicken became overly dry.

How Long Is Fried Rice Good For?

Whether it is Chinese leftovers, or homemade fried rice, it is good for one day. Rice doesn’t have a long life span compared to other leftovers that you could keep in the fridge for a few days.

That is why we recommend that you have air fryer chicken fried rice the day after you bought the rice. Unless it has been a freezer meal, in which case it is good for three months. And then it can be cooked from frozen.

Best Way To Reheat Rice?

The best way to reheat rice is in the air fryer. You can place your frozen ready meal into an air fryer baking pan or pizza tray and then let the air fryer do the hard work. Give it a stir and enjoy perfect air fryer fried rice without much effort. No need to make it yourself, just dump the frozen rice in the air fryer.

Of course, you can follow this same system with thawed rice too. Or when you buy a fresh meal for one from the supermarket and want to use the air fryer to warm it through.

How To Reheat Fried Rice?

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If you want to reheat rice, the best way to reheat fried rice is in the air fryer and you can do it like this:

  1. Load frozen chicken fried rice into the air fryer baking pan.
  2. Place the baking pan in the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry + stir + air fry + enjoy!

How Long To Reheat Rice?

The air fryer cook time for reheating rice is much faster than you would think. In fact, it took JUST 15 minutes. Much quicker than those long ready meals in the oven, that you feel like you are waiting forever to eat.

You start at a lower temperature to help defrost the rice, then give it a stir and up the temperature so that you can be sure that your rice is fully cooked.

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How To Reheat Rice In Air Fryer

How to reheat rice. Today, we are going to show you a quick way to reheat rice in the air fryer. Ideal for leftover Chinese food, when you made more rice than you needed, chicken fried rice ready meals or egg fried rice you have in the freezer.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time16 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 440kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:



  • Remove the packaging from the Chinese fried rice and place the solid piece of frozen rice into an air fryer pan.
    Can You Reheat Rice?
  • Air fry for 10 minutes at 160c/320f. Stir, add extra virgin olive oil spray and then air fry for a further 5 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Can You Reheat Rice?
  • Serve.
    Can You Reheat Rice?


Variations. In our example of reheating fried rice we have used Iceland’s frozen Chinese takeout boxes of chicken fried rice. You can mix it up with similar ready meals or use your own frozen rice.
Oil. The oil is important as it stops the rice from going dry and gives a texture similar to restaurant quality egg fried rice.
Thanks for reading how to reheat rice on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to learn more about reheating food, check out reheat pizza in air fryer next.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1160mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3000IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes. Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets. CLICKING HERE →

3 thoughts on “How To Reheat Rice In Air Fryer”

  1. 5 stars
    Fried rice re-heated go on then. I was just curious how you could do this safely and well i am still alive to tell you all this is a great idea and the timings were spot on for my Tower air fryer.

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this as i like my rice quite crispy so this was great. I never thought about re-heating food in the air fryer so you have given me something else to think about with this gadget.


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