Chef and cookbook author Mei Li has a passion for diminishing food waste and teaching others to shop in their own fridges. This recipe for rice fritters is a great way to utilize leftover ingredients. She says, “It’s always handy to have a bunch of recipes for using up the leftovers you might have. The classic one is fried rice, but it’s nice to actually change it up, fritterizing anything makes it really delicious.”

This recipe can use up extra rice, random cheeses, and cooked vegetables in your house. And you’re much more likely to entice kids if you put leftovers into a golden-brown fried patty.

From Crafting a Food Waste Feast

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Serves 6

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • ½ cup cooked vegetables such as broccoli or brussels sprouts, chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions or chopped tender herbs of your choice (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Neutral oil
  • Kosher salt
  • For serving: Mei Li’s Green Herb Sauce or another sauce of your choice
  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except oil and salt. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a thin layer of oil, then add three roughly ⅓-cup-sized scoops of rice mixture to the pan. Flatten each scoop into a patty and fry on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate to cool and sprinkle with salt right away, then repeat with remaining mixture. Eat on their own or dipped into Green Herb Sauce.
  • Recipe By
    Mei Li

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  • Isabel
    January 10, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    This recipe with delicious. Served them with kimchi as a light lunch. Thank you.


    1. Hannah Lee Leidy
      January 20, 2023 at 4:26 pm

      Glad you enjoyed, Isabel! Keep cooking with us!


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