Rice Balls with Cheese & Pepperoni

These crispy and flavorful rice balls are a delightful combination of cheesy goodness and savory pepperoni, making them a perfect snack or appetizer for any occasion. They are easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Quick and easy to prepare
  • Perfect for parties or gatherings
  • A delicious twist on traditional rice dishes


  • 2 cups cooked white rice, cooled
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • Marinara sauce for dipping (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked white rice, grated mozzarella cheese, chopped pepperoni slices, and grated Parmesan cheese.
  2. Add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Take a portion of the rice mixture and shape it into a ball, about the size of a golf ball.
  4. Roll the rice ball in breadcrumbs until evenly coated.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the rice balls in batches until golden brown and crispy on all sides. Drain excess oil on paper towels.
  6. Serve the rice balls warm with marinara sauce for dipping if desired. Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4 | Kcal: 320 per serving


These rice balls are best enjoyed fresh and crispy. However, if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven to maintain their crispiness.

Recipe Tips:

  • Feel free to customize these rice balls with your favorite ingredients such as different types of cheese, herbs, or spices.
  • Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying the rice balls to achieve a crispy exterior.
  • Serve these rice balls as a snack, appetizer, or even as a side dish with a salad for a complete meal. Enjoy the cheesy goodness in every bite!

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