How To Reheat Risotto: Easy Steps Every Cook Can Follow
Risotto is one of those delicious meals that taste oh-so-good when they’re first prepared, but can be difficult to refrigerate and reheat at a later time. Something just seems off if you aren’t careful about how you reheat risotto.
Let’s break down what you need, how to reheat the risotto, and some tips to help you get the job done efficiently! It’s not that difficult; I promise! Any home cook can handle it.
What You’ll Need
For Both Methods
- Leftover Risotto
Risotto is an Italian rice dish that has a creamy texture accomplished through a very specific cooking technique. Regarded as fine dining for many people, making this dish successfully is often the mark of a talented home chef!
It is made from rice, stock, white wine, and aromatics like garlic, rosemary, or other flavors. A fatty component like cheese is added at the end to impart additional creaminess.
- White Wine, Or Another Liquid
White Wine, Or Another LiquidTo re-hydrate your leftover risotto (which will have lost moisture in the refrigerator), you will need white whine or another liquid.
White wine is preferable since this is what risotto is traditionally made with, but you can replace it with any of the following liquids, in order of preference: white wine, vodka, stock, lemon juice, water.
Butter is a great way to ensure that your reheated risotto has the right amount of creaminess that it had originally. Amble amounts of butter can do this for risotto.
Butter is a concentrated form of milk that has a high percentage of fat and helps add creaminess and flavor to many dishes.
For Method #1
Any large pot that can fit a steamer basket inside will do. The pot simply needs to be large enough to boil water. If it has a lid, even better.
Steamer baskets are used to steam food without letting them touch the water in a boiling pot of water. Simply put the steamer basket in the pot and allow the water underneath to boil.
Anything you put on the steamer basket will be heated by the steam that is created from the boiling water.
You will need a small bowl to put your risotto in to use to reheat the risotto in the steamer basket.
Because steamer baskets have holes, you cannot put the risotto directly in the basket. Any bowl will do as long as it fits in the steam basket. I prefer to use a glass or ceramic bowl.
For Method #2
If you don’t own a steamer basket, don’t worry. You can also reheat risotto using a traditional, nonstick pan and the same ingredients listed above. The rice will not stick as long as you stir constantly.
Step 1: Prepare The Steaming Setup
Fill your large pot with a little bit of water and bring it to a boil. Put the steamer basket inside of the pot, ensuring that the boiling water is not touching the bottom of the steamer basket. If it is, dump out some of the water before continuing.
Step 2: Put The Risotto In A Bowl
Steaming is the best way to reheat risotto since it became dry in the refrigerator.Put the leftover risotto you want to reheat into a bowl.
Step 3: Add The Bowl To The Basket & Steam
Put the bowl of risotto into the steaming basket. Cover the pot and basket. Lower the heat to keep the pot at a gentle boil, and allow the risotto to steam until warm.
Step 4: Mix It Up!
Mix in a little bit of white wine and butter part way through the steaming process. This will add some creaminess back into the risotto and make it taste fresh.
Step 5: Allow to Finish Steaming & Enjoy!
It can take quite some time for the risotto to reheat this way, but the end product will be creamy, delicious, and totally worth it!
Step 1: Start Heating Things Up
Add the leftover risotto, some white wine, and some butter to a nonstick pan over medium heat. You want to add at least half a cup of white wine to make sure that you can fully rehydrate the dish while you heat it up.
Step 2: Boil & Stir
As the liquid in the risotto starts to boil, make sure to stir the dish constantly. This will ensure that heat is distributed evenly, and it will help return the dish to its original texture.If the dish is not getting creamy enough, add more butter.
Step 3: Repeat As Needed
If your risotto still seems to be dry, add more white wine and boil it off again. The more you do this, the more moisture will be returned to the dish.
Step 4: Mix In Cheese
When I reheat risotto this way, I like to add some parmesan at the end of the cooking process. This helps to return additionally creaminess and distracts from any texture problems with the risotto.
One Final Pro Tip:
If you don’t want to use the stove top, try putting your risotto in a hot oven with some parmeggiano sprinkled on top. You’ll get a soft yet crunchy mix that is different from your original risotto, but still, very tasty!
Make The Risotto Good As New
With just a few tools and some extra ingredients, you can return your leftover risotto to its original, delicious state without much difficult. All you need to do is steam or heat the risotto while adding white wine and butter to ensure it tastes creamy and delicious!
Making risotto can be difficult, but reheating it doesn’t need to be. Don’t waste any leftovers because you’re afraid of reheating this dish. You can do it!
If you have any more tips about reheating a dish like risotto, let us know in the comments. Then, share this article with friends who are afraid to reheat their risotto!