A dash of salt, a pinch of chili powder, and one large glass of wine...maybe two

My Rice Fritters Epic Fail

My Rice Fritters Epic Fail

Two nights ago I made rice and eggs for dinner, so last night I had some leftover rice. I decided to get creative and see what I could come up with. I’ll just say we can’t all get it right every time, but I’m still going to share it with you. This is my rice fritters epic fail!




Mix it up!

I had about 1.5 cups of leftover rice, so I mixed that in a bowl with 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, and salt and chili powder. I really wanted to add in a chopped onion, but I didn’t have one and the tipsy cook was already tipsy. So I pressed on without an onion. Once everything was mixed, the rice had a nice yellow tint and was looking very promising. rice-fritters










Time to heat the oil!

I used enough oil in a cast iron skillet for shallow frying, heated over medium high heat. When the oil was hot I started spooning out the batter in small globs, pressing them out just a little. I fried each side until golden brown and crispy. With the amount of leftover rice I had, it took 2 skillet fulls to fry up all the batter. Man! They were looking so pretty and tasty! But how wrong I was.




Taste Test!

Very excited about my latest concoction I grabbed one and took a big ol’ bite…and tasted nothing. Seriously. Just a rice-frittersslight hint of something that was fried in oil, but nothing else. I just knew with all the salt I originally cooked the rice with in addition to the extra salt and chili powder it would at least have a stronger taste. Have you ever eaten Rice Krispies cereal plain? That’s what I felt like I was eating.


Sauce to the rescue!

In a desperate attempt to make something out of it I grabbed the bottle of barbecue sauce that was sitting out waiting for the chicken Hubby was grilling and poured a little into a bowl. I grabbed another fritter and took a huge dip of sauce and popped it in my mouth. Not too bad…but that’s just because all I tasted was the wonderful hickory and brown sugar goodness of the barbecue. Hey…whatever works.



What I will try next time

If I try this recipe again, I will definitely make sure I have an onion. And lots more salt and chili powder. And something to dip it in. Eh…probably not. Next time I’ll just make fried rice, hibachi style.


I hope you enjoyed my failed attempt at rice fritters. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this recipe, or if you have a story about an epic fail of your own, please tell me about it in the comments.



  • Leftover cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • salt and chili powder to taste
  • oil for shallow frying


Combine rice, egg, cornstarch, onion, and seasonings. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Spoon out small amounts into the skillet and fry on both sides until golden brown and crispy.

18 thoughts on “My Rice Fritters Epic Fail”

  • It is good to know that I am not the only one whose experiments in cooking produces a so-so result! Happens to folks willing to experiment! Good effort!

  • I feel like I’ve had this experience before when trying to make potato fritters out of leftover mashed potatoes. astonishing just how much flavor and salt you need to make them taste like anything at all. I’ll keep in mind if I ever try this with leftover rice…fried rice might still be the better stand-by 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing your failures, as well as your successes, it keeps it all real! And…lets me know what NOT to try! I really appreciate you taking the time to write this for us.

  • Even if you consider it a failure it doesn’t look like one to me! They look very tasty. The fact that you didn’t light anything on fire or smoke your house out is a good sign to me, and the food looks totally edible on top of it. I’d consider that a huge victory given my cooking skills.

    What sounds really good to me with those is actually some dijon mustard. Might be giving this a shot next time I have some left over rice!

  • Lmao, this reminds of the time I tried to make potstickers but it almost started a fire. Really bad cook haha. But to be honest with you, I never tried rice fritters, im guessing they’re good then? I would say I would attempt to cook them, but I’m so accident prone I don’t know. Good luck on the next batch though!

  • Haha… it’s nice to read a blog when a recipe does NOT turn out… kind of refreshing! It’s REAL, isn’t it? We cooks who like to experiment are ones who make AMAZING food sometimes, and NOT SO AMAZING food other times.
    I like the idea of the rice fritters though. What about adding some Italian sausage to the rice? I’m thinking remove the casings, brown with some peppers and onions, add in rice and egg… could be really tasty!

  • hi Kayla,it’s always nice to experiment with food without trying you wont make anything exciting,me personally i would have put in a little gram flour instead of the corn starch,would have tasted a lot better.

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