Leftover Rice Made Into Spanish Rice

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

If last night's stir fry resulted in leftover steamed rice, one thing you can do with it is turn it into Spanish rice. This is just about as good as Spanish rice made the traditional way.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion until soft.
  3. Add garlic and saute another minute.
  4. Add the rice and saute a couple more minutes.
  5. Add tomato sauce, water, and coriander.
  6. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  7. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce is absorbed and the rice has lost most of its stickiness.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

What a great idea! Making great tasting Spanish or Mexican rice from scratch is sometimes tricky. Although I scoffed (canned tomato sauce??), the end result was very tasty and easy, and pleased even a foodie like me. I used ground cumin instead of coriander, and added a few diced carrots to saute with the onions, plus a sprinkling of some frozen corn in the last few minutes.

CAFrogley July 09, 2013

Great way to use up leftover rice. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Lucky in Bayview August 03, 2014

Great way to use the leftover rice and made a tasty side for my lunch today. Easy recipe. Made for My 3 Chefs game.

Outta Here June 05, 2012