These fried rice balls are a great way to use up leftover fried rice. The rice is formed into balls that are breaded and deep fried – they are great as a snack or appetizer!
I love fried rice. Stir-fried with soy sauce or salt and mixed with some vegetables, the bland starch is transformed into a tasty dish.
So, what could be better than eating fried rice on its own? How about actually frying it? I tried it and I think I might actually like these fried rice balls better than the fried mac and cheese balls I made recently. They make for a really tasty appetizer or snack.
The Type of Rice You Will Need
It is best to use short grain rice because short grain rice is stickier than long grain rice, making it easier to form balls that will hold their shape.
For these fried rice balls, I like to use leftover fried rice from a restaurant. Or you can make your own fried rice using my Sheet Pan Fried Rice recipe or my Chinese Fried Rice that you can make on the stovetop.
How to Make Fried Rice Balls
- First, get your breading bowls ready. You’ll need one bowl for breadcrumbs, one for whisked eggs, and another one for flour.
- Once you have your fried rice, scoop some of the rice and pack it tightly into a ball.
- Roll the rice ball in the flour first. Your ball may loosen so continue to squeeze it to keep it tightly packed.
- Next, dip the ball in the whisked eggs. Keep squeezing the ball to keep it together.
- Finally, roll it in the breadcrumbs until it’s completely coated. Place the breaded rice ball on a plate and repeat with the rest of the rice.
- To fry the rice balls, heat the oil over medium heat. Since the rice is already cooked, you only need to fry the balls for a couple of minutes or until the breading is crispy and golden brown.
So, the next time you order take-out be sure to keep the leftover fried rice! These crispy rice balls are the perfect way to use it up the next day.
You might like my grilled rice balls, too!
Double Fried Rice Balls
- leftover fried rice (see note)
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs whisked
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- oil for frying
- Take a large spoonful of fried rice and form a ball between the palm of your hands. Continue to squeeze the ball between your palms to firmly tighten the ball until it is tightly packed.
- Dip your rice ball into the flour first, then the egg, and finally the breadcrumbs. Repeat this same process again to ensure you have a solid coat of breadcrumbs.
- Pour enough oil into a frying pan to fry the balls. Turn to medium heat. Once the oil is hot, gently place a ball into the pan and let it fry. Fry each side for about 30 seconds until the entire ball is a golden brown. Then remove from oil. Serve while warm.
- It is best to use short grain rice because short grain rice is stickier than long grain rice, making it easier to form balls that will hold their shape.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
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