Rating: 4 stars
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These fried rice balls are full of flavor and are a wonderful appetizer. Pair with any dipping sauce such as pesto, marinara, or use a meat sauce for a hearty meal. The highlands Italian cheese sprinkle is from the Savory Spice Shop®, but is optional.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
20 mins
50 mins
5 servings


Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Beat 2 eggs lightly in a large bowl. Stir in rice, Parmesan cheese, butter, cheese sprinkle, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; mix to combine. Cover and refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes.

  • Preheat an air fryer to 370 degrees F (187 degrees C) according to manual's instructions.

  • Roll mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls. Press a mozzarella cube into the center of each ball and reshape.

  • Combine panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Beat remaining egg lightly in a second bowl. Dip each rice ball first into egg, then roll in panko mixture. Place rice balls in air fryer basket and spray with cooking spray.

  • Cook in the preheated air fryer for 6 minutes. Increase temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and air fry for 3 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

385 calories; protein 15.2g; carbohydrates 38.5g; fat 21.1g; cholesterol 160.8mg; sodium 732.6mg. Full Nutrition