Many people are cautious about reheating rice, but if done correctly, it is perfectly safe to do so. Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. The spores can survive even when rice is cooked and can grow into harmful bacteria if left standing at room temperature.
Tips on serving rice safely:
- Ideally, serve rice as soon as it has been cooked.
- If that isn’t possible, cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within 1 hour).
- Keep rice in the fridge for no more than 1 day until reheating.
- When you reheat any rice, always check the dish is steaming hot all the way through.
- Do not reheat rice more than once.
- Defrost frozen rice in the fridge before reheating.