Parmesan rice cakes taste so good, you won't believe how basic the ingredients are and how quick they come together. Rice patties are a great way to use up leftover rice for a new easy side dish or meatless main. Easily made gluten free.
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This recipe for Parmesan rice cakes is one of my most popular recipes, both with my family and here on the website.
When our kids were younger, we ate Parmesan rice cakes - or rice patties, if you prefer - at least a couple times a month. And each time one of them usually cheered, they loved them so much.
Now I make them a bit less, but it's still a wonderful way to use up leftover rice.
In fact, when I make our menus one of my tricks is to use planned leftovers - making more rice than I need one night so that I can make this recipe the next day (it's a great way to make menu planning easier and save money).
You can always make rice specifically for this recipe, but then you'd have to think about it about an hour earlier in order to cook the rice (which doesn't happen often for me!).
MEAL PREP IDEA FOR RICE
If you like to meal prep, you can make all the rice you needed for the week - or even two weeks - and then freeze the rice in portions for the recipes and meals you're planning.
Rice freezes really well, you'd just need to remember to thaw it first before making the parmesan rice cakes.
OR you can make the rice patties themselves and freeze them - they're easy to heat in the air fryer/toaster oven or microwave.
The five ingredients you need to make parmesan rice cakes are all real and very simple:
- cooked rice
- homemade bread crumbs - this recipe is a great way to use these up - you can use gluten-free bread crumbs if needed - or omit them (see below)
- Parmesan cheese
- salt, pepper, and optional parsley or chives
TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE-GRAIN FREE: You don't have to use the bread crumbs - you can use just the eggs and parmesan to hold them together if you use a full cup of the parmesan (to 3 cups rice as in the recipe).
- Griddle (or frying pan) - I used to have a full-sized griddle like this and now I use a square electric skillet and cook a in a couple batches (it takes up less room and can use it for other things).
- Wide spatula safe for griddle or a silicone-coated 'fish turner' which I now use for almost everything, it works so well!
- Measuring cups - I prefer stainless steel measuring cups.
- Mixing bowl - I use the bowls in this set of three glass bowls all the time for recipes like this and lots others.
To make the patties, simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
The mixture should look wet - if it's dry, add another egg (your eggs could be a different size than mine, it's better to be more wet than dry).
If you use a griddle to cook them, you can do a whole batch at one time. If using a pan you can keep the cooked patties warm in a 200 degree oven while cooking the rest of the patties.
TIP: Shape the cakes using a 1/4 measuring cup to get almost equal-sized patties and then flip the cup over onto the griddle or pan and use the back of the measuring cup to flatten the patty.
The total time for this recipe from start to finish is only about 15 minutes - simple and easy, two of my criteria that make for a great recipe! Well, after tasting good, that is.
Ingredient Swaps & Variations
- Use any kind of rice you have - white, brown, arborio, jasmine.
- Make gluten free by omitting the bread crumbs and increasing the cheese to 1 cup.
- Switch up the cheese - try cheddar, gouda, jack, havarti.
- Add herbs to the mixture before cooking - chives, chopped basil, chopped parsley, thyme.
- Add some spice - use a 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
About 3 to 5 days in the fridge - for longer storage, freeze for 3 to 5 months.
Use a toaster oven or air fryer to reheat with crispy edges. You can also reheat in a microwave - wrap them in a damp paper towel to prevent them from drying out, heating at 15-30 second intervals until warm.
I prefer making the patties with brown rice because it's healthier than white rice. Rice in itself is a good source of carbohydrates and proteins and brown rice has more protein, lipids, minerals, and vitamins than refined white rice, because they've been stripped away during the refining process. You can, however, use any rice you have.
I promise you are going to love these...unless you have a dairy sensitivity, to which I can only say - I'm so sorry. Truly.
- Serve as a side dish for any meat, poultry or seafood.
- Make them the main dish for a meatless meal and serve with a salad.
- Make ahead and grill them a few minutes to heat along with Soy Sriracha Chicken and Grilled Vegetables.
- Serve them for lunch with cut veggies and Ranch or Feta Dip.
Parmesan Rice Cakes (Rice Patties)
- griddle, skillet or electric skillet
- 3 cups cooked rice, brown rice preferred, but any kind works
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs (Gluten Free: omit and see note below to adjust recipe)
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup onion finely minced
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- oil for pan
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well (TIP: if mixture seems dry, add another egg - it should hold together, but not be too runny).
- Heat oil on a nonstick griddle or in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Using a 1/4 cup measure, place a dollop of rice mixture on the griddle/pan, then use the back of the cup to flatten into a patty. Repeat with remaining rice mixture.
- Cook the first side until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes, then flip and cook the other side until brown.
- Serve immediately or see notes for storage options.
- Add dried or fresh herbs to the mixture before cooking.
- Use a different cheese: cheddar, gouda, pepper jack, havarti, etc.
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