What to do with leftover rice?

Some people say the best way to lose weight is to cut down on rice. I have friends who only eat a fistful of rice per meal. Others cut it out totally. The result? A LOT OF LEFTOVER RICE. Here’s a recipe recommended by my friend, Traci. :p

In uni, we had a module where we had to come up with business ideas to eradicate poverty (nope, not lofty at all) and our group had the idea of creating a recipe book using leftover ingredients. This recipe would fit right in.

Oh yes, it’s called Cheesy Broccoli Rice Patties!

Don’t ask me how we ended up with so much leftover rice from dinner last night but it measured 3 cups. JUST NICE!

Mixing in the cheese, salt, pepper and my creole seasoning substitute — basil and oregano (basically whatever I found in my cupboard.)

Blanched the broccoli cos’ the recipe called for partially cooked broccoli. So beautiful — I really enjoyed eating the broccoli in the dish.

This was the mix I got after adding in one egg. After frying a few patties, it didn’t seem like enough so I added another egg. The end result is something more yellow and the mixture sticks together better.

Put them patties in and FRY em!

Ideally, this is what each patty should look like.

LOOK! I can even lift it up!

I had one successful patty and the rest turned to… fried rice. In any case, I learnt how to make fried rice!

Reality: When rice patties end up becoming fried rice


  • 1 cup rice, cooked cooled (AKA 3 cups of cooked rice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cheddar
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, par cooked
  • 1/4 cup panko (I skipped this cos it costs like $8 for a bag of it at Cold Storage?!)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Tony’s creole seasoning (Substituted this with random herbs found at home)

Let’s do it!

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. (I used the rice cooker pot — one less thing to wash!)
  2. Over medium-low heat, heat 1 tsp of oil on your medium non-stick skillet.
  3. Add on mounds of the rice mixture.
  4. Firmly press down on each rice mound. Shape outer areas to create a perfect circle if desired. (AKA so it doesn’t fall apart, like your life.)
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Simultaneously, praying that the rice patties don’t break apart.
  6. Serve warm.

After Action Review:

  • I THINK I should have had the heat up higher, to allow the patties to brown faster so that it can hold the rest of it together OR had more patience in waiting for the patties to brown.
  • More egg should have been added in place of panko
  • Patty size could have been smaller
  • Some garlic would have been nice (think Pepper lunch!) And salmon flakes.

Price estimate:

  • 490g (one head of air flown broccoli): $5.55 (!!)
  • Packet of cheese: $6-8
  • Rice: leftover from the night before
  • Two eggs: 80 cents?

If you think you’re gonna save money with this recipe, think again. How broccoli ends up costing as much as meat bewilders me. To its credit, it tasted delicious. If anything, I guess this recipe will save the world from food wastage, not damage to your pocket. :]

Special thanks to Petit Foodie for this recipe. :]



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