Mexican Rice Balls - Leftover Rice

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a great recipe for leftover aborio rice. I used Mexican Saffron Rojo Rice. Do use your favorite cooked Mexican rice. This is Italian rice balls gone South! These are great to bring to parties just reheat in 425°F oven for 10 minutes!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix chilled rice, eggs, and peas together.
  2. Roll into balls about the size of a tangerine and place one cube of cheese into the rice ball. Reform balls firmly to hold shape.
  3. Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs into 3 separate bowls.
  4. Dip each ball in flour, shaking off excess and reform if needed. Dip in egg, letting excess drip off, then dredge in bread crumbs, reforming and transfer to a sheet of wax paper. Repeat with remaining balls.
  5. Meanwhile heat 2 inches of oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot until thermometer registers 350-360 degrees F. Working in batches of 4-6 balls, lower rice balls into oil with a slotted spoon and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Return oil to 350-360°F between batches.
  6. Serve with a tomato sauce.


Most Helpful

Your rice balls are delicious! You can make them again for me anytime! Unfortunately, when I made them myself, or attempted to--the wild rice I used did not stick together and I could not successfully make the rice balls. = (

Sammit February 02, 2008

Sorry no stars. I used cold rice, eggs and chives and I could not get this to stick together for anything! Frustrated, I am throwing this into a greased casserole, and topping with the bread crumbs and drizzling with butter.

razzintaz April 06, 2011

I made these for my boyfriend one night and he couldn't get enough. Very tasty, although i did finish them off in the oven to make sure all the egg was coked through.

pasipae January 22, 2009

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