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Fun twist on fried mozzarella sticks using rice. Makes a delicious appetizer or snack. Great way to use up leftover rice!

Recipe Summary

15 mins
25 mins
10 mins
24 rice balls


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook rice according to package directions. Allow to cool until comfortable to handle.

  • Stir in one egg, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix until well blended.

  • Place flour in a small bowl. Beat 2 eggs in a second bowl. Place bread crumbs in a third bowl.

  • Divide rice mixture into 24 equal portions about the size of a golf ball. Roll each portion into a ball. Roll rice ball in flour. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Mix will be sticky.)

  • Dip each rice ball into the egg wash. Dredge in bread crumbs, and place rice balls back on baking sheet. Refrigerate 15 minutes.

  • Give each rice ball another quick roll in your hands to tighten up and smooth out the surface.

  • Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a large sauce pan.

  • Cook rice balls in the hot oil in batches, about 4 per batch. Gently stir with spoon. Cook until rice balls are golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Drain on paper-towel-lined plate or baking sheet. Salt lightly.

  • Serve hot with heated marinara sauce.

Cook's Note:

UNCLE BEN'S(R) Rice comes in many flavors and varieties to choose from. The brown rice varieties work best for me. Fresh mozzarella is highly recommended here as it is softer in texture and rolls well. Packaged, shredded mozzarella does not blend or melt as well and will yield different results.

Nutrition Facts

112 calories; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 11.8g; fat 5.7g; cholesterol 25.7mg; sodium 181.7mg. Full Nutrition