Rice Croquettes Recipe
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Rice Croquettes Recipe

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As a newlywed, I used to agonize over meal preparation. Now I enjoy trying new recipes, and some - like this tasty side dish - turn out to be very popular with my family. These croquettes are crisp and golden and add some fun to a simple dinner like roast chicken and salad. -Lucia Edwards, Cotati, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + cooling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + cooling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Canola oil
  • Additional fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

177 calories: 2 each, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 452mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add rice; saute 3 minutes. Stir in broth and parsley; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in egg, cheese, basil and pepper. Moisten hands with water and shape 1/4 cupfuls into logs. Roll in crumbs.
  3. In an electric skillet, heat 1/4 in. of oil to 365°. Fry croquettes, a few at a time, for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and golden, turning often. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 16 croquettes.
Originally published as Rice Croquettes in Taste of Home February/March 1996, p27

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Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"I liked these, but they were a lot of work and made a big mess of the deep fryer. My husband thought them bland so I won't be making them again."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2011

"As a child I used to help my mom make these rice croquettes. The only difference is that she added cheddar cheese in addition to the parmesean which gave it a wonderful, cheesy flavor. She also deep fried them. I am so glad to have finally found the basic recipe!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"I'm using this rice croquettes recipe as the basis for a side dish to go with a small pork tenderloin roast.

There was pork fried rice leftover from a previous dinner, so I took it out of the freezer to make the croquettes.
Tastes wonderful!"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"I saw this recipe from Lucia in the Taste of Home magazine many years ago (around 12?). Anyway, I tried it and my family absolutely loved it. I have been making it ever since, and if you ask all 3 of my kids "what is your favorite thing your Mom makes for you", I quarantee the unanimous answer would be "rice croquettes". I have tons of recipes and honestly, if I had to choose my favorite staple, this would be it. I am surprised that nobody has rated it yet...please try it because it is an awesome recipe. Thanks, Lucia, for many years of these yummy kids thank you too!!"

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