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Grandma Beulah’s Rice Pancakes Recipe from Leftover Rice

Rice pancakes on a plate with bananas and cinnamonGot leftover rice? Make delicious rice pancakes with this yummy Rice Pancakes Recipe!

This is the original recipe that my Grandma Beulah used to make. Along with homemade egg noodles, chocolate pie and fresh-off-the-vine concord grape juice, rice pancakes were my Grandma Beulah’s specialty.

My parents were in town to help us take care of new baby Elise and treated us to a massive amount of Chinese takeout. Seeing the small mountain of leftover rice after dinner was over, I remembered Grandma’s rice pancakes and asked my dad for the recipe.

Leftover rice in a Chinese takeout container
Rice pancakes on a plate with bananas and cinnamon

Add a bit of cinnamon on top if you like. These rice pancakes are seriously hearty so eat just a couple and you’re good to go.

Ingredients to make this Leftover Rice Pancakes Recipe:

1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
1 cup leftover cooked rice (1-2 days old is best)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
Real maple syrup
Sliced bananas (optional)
Cinnamon for dusting (optional)

Optional rice pancake recipe variations (fruity pancakes, gluten-free pancakes, vegan pancakes):

For fruity rice pancakes: Add 1/2 to 1 very ripe banana, or 1/2 cup applesauce, or a combination.

For gluten-free rice pancakes: Use gluten-free all-purpose flour.

For vegan rice pancakes: Swap the egg with 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour. You could also add a very ripe banana to add extra binding power.

Other needed supplies:

Ingredients for making rice pancakes from leftover rice

How to make Rice Pancakes from leftover rice:

Step 1: Combine ingredients and let the pancake batter rest

Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and rice and stir until mixed and the rice is coated. It’s OK if some of the rice is clumpy but break up any really big pieces. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Once mixed, let the pancake batter rest for 5-10 minutes. Fire up your griddle in the meantime so it starts to get hot. 

Mixing rice pancake batter

Step 2: Scoop rice pancakes batter onto the griddle

Lightly oil your griddle and pour batter onto the hot griddle. I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop it. The rice kind of sinks to the bottom so stir a bit each time before you scoop.

Rice pancakes cooking on a griddle

Step 3: Flip to cook the other side of the rice pancakes

Flip the rice pancakes over when they bubble. My grandma’s rice pancakes recipe makes a flat-style pancake; the pancakes will puff up while cooking and then flatten out once off the griddle.

Rice pancakes cooking on a griddle

This leftover rice pancake recipe makes 8-12 pancakes (depending on how big you make them) that can be frozen and thawed later in the toaster. You could easily double or triple the recipe depending on how much leftover takeout rice you have. And next time you order Chinese takeout, you just might purposely add an extra rice side or two…

Rice pancakes cut up on a plate


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Rice pancakes on a plate with bananas and cinnamon

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Saturday 17th of March 2012

I suppose this is a cautionary tale, but brown rice pancakes don't taste too great. I will try this again with white rice. I also like some thing other than fried rice and casserole to make with leftover rice.

Kathy Beymer

Saturday 17th of March 2012

Hi Mariam, I wonder if it depends on the type of brown rice? I don't know ...I usually use brown rice left over from our neighborhood Chinese take-out place (of course then doused in maple syrup) but I agree, nothing quite tastes as yummy as white carbohydrates, le sigh. Let me know how you like it with the white rice!


Wednesday 25th of November 2009

This is brilliant and looks delicious. Can't wait to try it.


Monday 23rd of November 2009

So . . . you make me so happy!! I never know what to do with all of the left over rice and I am so excited to try this. Any idea if it works with brown rice too?? We have started to get the brown rice (it just tastes better!) . . . anyway, so excited.

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