How to Get Burned Rice Out of a Pan


Leaving rice to simmer too long causes it stick and burn onto cookware. Burned rice produces a crispy, brownish-black residue. Neglecting to clean burned rice from a pan only accelerates the problem, as the residue becomes harder to detach with passing time. Aside from the mess, burned rice smells foul and mars a pan's appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden spoon
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Nylon kitchen sponge
  • Dishtowel
  • Scrape burned rice grains out of the pan with a wooden spoon. Detach as much burned rice residue as possible.

  • Fill the dirty pan half full of warm water. Squirt about 9 tsp. dishwashing soap into the pan.

  • Simmer the pot of sudsy water over low heat for 15 minutes. The combination of heat and dish soap causes burned rice to soften and loosen from the cookware.

  • Turn off the heat and let the sudsy water cool for 30 minutes. Once cool, use the wooden spoon to scrape the softened rice out of the pan.

  • Scrub the entire pan, (inside and outside, with a nylon kitchen sponge and dish soap to detach any lingering rice and burned residue.

  • Rinse the pan in hot, flowing water. Thoroughly flush out all soap and loosened debris from the pan.

  • Dry the pan with a dishtowel before storing it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute ¼ cup baking soda for dish soap when simmering the solution. Baking soda loosens burned gunk in pans.
  • Abrasive scrubbing sponges and metal spoons can scratch pans.


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