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Leftover Cheesy Bacon Rice Croquettes

A creative way to use up leftover rice, these croquettes are filled with gooey melted cheese and crispy bacon, then coated in breadcrumbs and fried until golden and crispy.

Tasty Team
93% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Leftover Cheesy Bacon Rice Croquettes

Under 30 minutes


for 10 servings

  • 3 cups rice (690 g), cooked
  • 1 cup bacon (225 g), cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (50 g)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese (55 g)
  • 3 cups italian breadcrumb (345 g), divided
  • 2 eggs
  • oil, for frying
  • marinara sauce, to serve

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 476
  • Fat 16g
  • Carbs 59g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 3g
  • Protein 20g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a medium bowl, combine rice, bacon, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup (115 g) bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix well.
  2. Dip your hands into a bowl of water, then grab a handful of the rice and firmly press into a ball.
  3. Coat the rice balls in the remaining bread crumbs.
  4. Preheat oil in a pot to 350˚F (170˚C).
  5. Fry the rice balls for 3 - 5 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, sprinkle with salt.
  6. We recommend serving with marinara sauce.
  7. Enjoy!
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Leftover Cheesy Bacon Rice Croquettes