How to Reheat Rice Noodles: The Perfect Way

How to Reheat Rice Noodles

If you are someone like me who enjoys variations in their food, chances are that you’d love eating rice noodles over the traditional rice dishes. Not only are they delectable, but rice noodles also are easy on your stomach, keeps you full, and are extremely nutritious as well.

Also often known as Vermicelli noodles, these are the thin noodles that are an integral part of Asian cuisine.

However, it is extremely difficult to assess how much rice noodles are too much since they don’t expand a lot after cooking. This is surely going to leave you with leftovers that you have no idea what to do with!

This article highlights some of the best tried and tested methods to reheat rice noodles that ANYONE can do — maybe even those who really need to stay out of the kitchen(?)😅.

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Different Methods to Reheat Rice Noodles

heated rice noodles in a bowl

While it is okay to reheat and eat rice noodles once, doing it multiple times will eventually affect the taste and the texture of the dish.

So, if you are planning on using up the leftovers, reheat them in smaller portions or eat them with other people so you can use up all the leftovers in one go.

#1 In the Microwave

Reheating the leftover vermicelli or rice noodles in the microwave is the easiest and the least time-consuming process. This is perfect when you don’t have a lot of time in your hands and want to whip up a quick breakfast or lunch using leftovers.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Take a microwave-safe container or bowl and transfer the leftover rice noodles to it.
  • Sprinkle the top of the noodles with some water to prevent them from drying out.
  • Cover the top of the container or bowl with cling wrap or a wet cloth to let the steam stay inside so the noodles are soft and not dry.
  • Microwave the noodles for 1 minute in bursts, checking the container every 30 seconds.
  • After every 30 seconds, take out the bowl or container and mix the noodles around before putting it back into the microwave.
  • Once done, take the reheated rice noodles out of the oven and enjoy them with your favorite toppings.

#2 In the Pan

This is a good method for people who don’t own any kitchen appliances, like a microwave or oven. The process can take up to 10 minutes, depending on how many leftovers you’ll be heating up.

  • Start by placing a non-stick pan on the kitchen hob on a medium flame.
  • Let the pan heat up for 1-2 minutes and spray the bottom of the pan with some oil or butter, depending on your preferences.
  • When the butter melts, add the leftover rice noodles to the pan and toss them around in the pan, ensuring that every rice noodle is covered in butter.
  • Once softened, add some water to the dish and mix it around to reinstate the moisture in the noodles.
  • Keep mixing the rice noodles on medium flame and wait until all the water has evaporated, leaving your rice noodles soft and well-cooked.
  • Take it out of the pan and transfer it to a bowl or plate and serve it with some sauce of your choice.
seafood rice noodles on a plate

#3 In the Oven

Another rewarding reheating method: make your leftover rice noodles taste and feel like the original batch you made by using an oven!

This method is also ideal when you are reheating rice noodles that are already cooked in sauce.

Using the oven helps make your dish taste as good as it did when you first made it. This is because of how uniform the heat is and what temperature it heats to.

  • Take an oven-safe dish and transfer your leftover rice noodles into the dish.
  • In case the noodles seem dry due to being in the refrigerator, you can always switch things up and add more sauce to the dish.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes.
  • In the meantime, cover the oven-safe dish with some aluminum foil to retain the moisture from the sauce in the noodles.
  • Place the dish in the oven for 15-20 minutes and bake it. Halfway through the baking process, take a pair of tongs and mix everything in the dish to ensure uniform reheating.
  • Once the baking process is done, take it out of the oven and serve it hot.

#4 In Boiling Water

If you have leftover rice noodles without any sauce or additives, blanching them in plain boiling water is the easiest way to go.

Remember that this method is only effective if you have plain boiled rice noodles that are leftovers from the last time you cooked them.

Here’s what you can do to reinstate their texture and taste:

  • Boil some water in a wok and wait till it’s piping hot.
  • Once the water is boiling, add the cooked rice noodles and let them boil for a maximum of 15-20 seconds then take them out.
  • This should be enough to trigger the chewy texture and even get rid of the clumps.
reheat rice noodles pinterest

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you reheat cooked rice noodles?

Yes, you can reheat cooked rice noodles. To do this, follow the steps we gave above: make sure that the temperature is hot and don’t reheat them more than once.

Can you eat cold rice noodles?

Given how easy it is to mess up reheating rice noodles, you might often consider eating cold rice noodles at times. While there’s nothing wrong with eating cold rice noodles, we’d always suggest that you stick to the warmed noodles if you want to enjoy the actual flavor of the dish.

How long can a rice noodles stay good in the refrigerator?

If you have a lot of leftovers when it comes to rice noodles, I’d suggest that you do not refrigerate it for more than 5 days, especially if it’s cooked in some sort of sauce. If there are plain ones without sauce, store them in airtight containers and then freeze them.

Conclusion

colored rice noodles

If you have a habit of cooking up a lot of leftover rice noodles, these reheating methods mentioned in the article should be enough to tide you through the dilemma. There are not just one but multiple ways of reheating your favorite dish, so if you have been looking for some effective ways of reheating, this article should clear up all your doubts for good.

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