How Long Does Cooked Rice Last in the Fridge?


How many times have you made too much rice and wondered if rice goes bad in the refrigerator? The short answer is yes, rice does go bad. While it's not always as easy to tell if rice has gone rancid, there are some telltale signs that it’s time to toss it out. On the shelf, rice can last a pretty long time. Uncooked rice (except brown rice) can last up to four to five years in your pantry. Once it’s cooked and in the fridge, though, that’s another story. Cooked rice will last in the fridge for about 3-6 days, but it depends on the storage conditions. To keep your rice for longer, be sure that you’re sticking it in the fridge within two hours of cooking it. Since cooked rice is rich in moisture, leaving it at room temperature too long will allow harmful bacteria to grow and possibly cause food poisoning. Similarly, the moisture conditions of your fridge will play a role in how long cooked rice will last. If your fridge is very dry and you notice that your rice has become stiff and hard, it’s time to say goodbye. There’s one other way to keep your cooked rice for longer — freeze it. You can keep cooked rice frozen for up to six months.