Crispy Rice Patties | Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites

Crispy Rice Patties

Easy, flavorful, and fast.

Ever since I received a copy of Jaden Hair’s Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites, I’ve been cooking recipes from it every night. I’ve made the miso cod, mapo tofu, crispy rice patties (recipe to follow), dan dan mien, and blackened tofu with ginger-ponzu sauce…so far. She takes popular Asian dishes and puts a healthy twist on it without sacrificing any flavor.  My cookbook is already bookmarked with stickies almost on every other page!  Her recipes are quick to prepare and are perfect for weekday meals. Even if you’re not familiar with Asian cooking, Jaden’s recipes are easy to follow with ingredients you can find in your local grocery store.

The book is divided into 9 chapters: soups, pickles & sauces, salads & dressings, little bites, share, vegetables, tofu & eggs,  meat & seafood, noodles & rice, and sweets & libations. There is a total of 100 recipes. The glossary is informative and detailed with accompanying images. The overall layout is clean and very easy to read with a tantalizing photograph paired with almost every recipe.

Whether you are a novice dabbler in the kitchen or an adventurous home cook, this book will be a great addition to your kitchen. If you’re unfamiliar with the Asian cuisine, this is a good gateway book to adopting some Asian dishes to your weekly menus.

As a fellow blogger (granted several stratospheres below Jaden’s status), I am inspired by what she has done since the birth of Steamy Kitchen. This cookbook has only increased my admiration for her. I can’t wait for her next book!

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Photo credit: Jaden Hair © 2013


Have you ever had dolsot bibim bap? It’s a Korean rice dish that’s served in hot stone pot. Anyway, one of the pleasures of eating this dish is getting to the crust that has formed on the bottom surface of the pot. The rice crust is crispy and has all the wonderful flavors from the the bibim bap. This crispy rice patty totally reminds me of that. This recipe also uses up the any leftover rice you have from dinner. My whole family loved it and wanted more!

Notes: I have not tried this with long grain rice, but I feel the glutinous medium and short grain rice will work better in this recipe. Once they are sizzling in the pan, do not disturb them until you are ready to flip them or the patties will fall apart. Follow this recipe to a tee and you will be guaranteed snacking happiness!

Crispy Rice Patties | Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
  • ¼ cup cooked rice per patty
  • Cooking oil
  • Soy sauce
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Fill a bowl with cool water.
  2. Dip your hands in the water, shaking off the excess (this prevents the rice from sticking to your hands). Scoop up a small handful of rice (about the size of a golf ball). Shape into a flat patty. Place the patty on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining rice. You’ll need to dip your hands in the water for each patty. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 
1 hour or up to eight hours.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium heat. When hot, swirl in the oil. Brush both sides of the rice patty with soy sauce. Add as many rice patties as will fit in the skillet. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until crispy. Serve immediately.


Disclosure: I received a free copy of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • Jeanette Chen

    I’m loving Jaden’s new cookbook too and have tried a bunch of her recipes, all very easy and approachable. These crispy rice patties remind me go ba, the dried rice patties that are used for the sizzling rice dishes. I love dolsot bibim bap – the crispy rice at the bottom is my favorite!

    • kimchi_mom

      Hi Jeanette – I’m just happy to find another way to use leftover rice. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Alice Choi

    I cannot wait to get Jaden’s cookbook!!! These look great, Amy! :)

    • kimchi_mom

      I admit, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a great book! Let me know what you think!

  • Su Wang

    This is one recipe I think I can actually pull off. (: Can’t wait to try it!

    • kimchi_mom

      Hey Su! I’m sure you can do it! :-)

  • The Ninja Baker

    Very yummy and so kid-friendly, Amy. Thank you for sharing the how-to =)

  • Katie Jasiewicz

    These rice patties look so good! It is one of the first things I bookmarked in her book.

  • Nancy

    To say that I love this is an understatement. My mom used to cook our rice in a ceramic pot when I was a kid. The best part was the crispy, crunchy bottom layer of rice that formed. Me and my sisters would fight over who would get to eat it. If I got to, I’d roll it into a ball and dip it into the sauce of whatever dishes my mom was serving that night. This totally reminds me of that. I’m making this for sure!