Japanese Pan-Fried Rice Cakes

Pan fried rice cakes

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
987 Calories
15g Fat
191g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 987
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1182mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 191g 70%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Protein 18g
Calcium 125mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Crispy rice has a revered place in many cultures. These rice cakes are cooked with leftover Japanese steamed rice. It's simple but makes a great snack or a delicious side dish to meat or fish. You can add vegetables and herbs, or use it as a backdrop to a fried egg. Consider serving them as a main dish on top of bacon, Napa cabbage, and scallions.

This recipe uses these pan-fried rice cakes and tops them with chipotle mayonnaise and raw scallop. You then paint them with a thin glaze of a soy-honey mixture not exactly Japanese, but out of this world.


  • For the Rice Cake
  • 2 cups Japanese rice (leftover, steamed)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • For Dipping Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for rice cakes
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  2. Put leftover rice in a bowl, sprinkle flour over the rice, and knead the rice by hand well.

    Put leftover rice in bowl
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  3. Shape the rice into small, round, and flat pieces.

    Shape rice into balls
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  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet.

    Heat skillet
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  5. Fry rice cakes on low heat for a few minutes.

    Fry rice cakes
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  6. Turn them over and fry for a few more minutes, or until cooked through.

    Turn them over
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  7. Turn up the heat to medium and fry until crispy on both sides.

    Turn up heat to medium
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  8. Serve a mixture of sugar and soy sauce on the side.

    Serve a mixture on side
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  9. Enjoy!

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