On my quest to use my waffle maker for any and everything, I decided using leftover rice to make a fried rice-esque waffle sounded pretty perfect. And sure enough, these fried rice waffles have become one of our favorite go-to meals that check three important boxes: quick, flavorful, and great texture.
Make a batch and surprise someone when you serve rice in this unexpected (and delightful) way. Because really, who doesn’t love something shaped as a waffle?
Fried Rice WafflesCourse: Meals, On-the-GoDifficulty: Easy
Eggy fried rice in a waffle maker – it doesn’t get much better than that.
1.5-2 cups leftover cooked rice – I used brown rice
1/2 cup green peas – I used frozen
2-3 green onions
~1 Tbs soy sauce
1/2 cup imitation crab meat (optional)
A drizzle of sesame oil (optional)
Cooking oil spray (or oil to brush the waffle maker)
- Preheat a waffle maker.
- Add the rice to a large mixing bowl. Anywhere between 1.5 to 2 cups will work well, so use what you have on hand, and use closer to 2 cups if you want a a higher rice to other ingredients ratio.
- Slice or chop the green onions, as you prefer. If using the imitation crab meat, tear the chunks into smaller pieces (2-3 pieces per chunk) by hand, or roughly chop.
- Add the green peas, green onions, imitation crab, soy sauce, and a few drops of sesame oil (if using) to the rice. Note: sesame oil is delicious but powerful stuff, so keep that in mind as you add it. Stir well and take this opportunity to taste for seasoning before you add the raw eggs. If it tastes bland, you may want to add a touch more soy sauce.
- Add the eggs and mix well, no need to scramble in a separate bowl first. Your fried rice waffle “batter” should be wet but not too runny, so look at it after mixing in 2 eggs to decide if you want to add the 3rd egg. If you used a full 2 cups of rice and all the ingredients and are happy with a slightly eggier waffle (a very good thing, in my opinion), use 3 eggs instead of 2. This is roughly what you’re aiming for:
- Spray or brush pre-heated waffle maker with oil. Scoop in the waffle mixture and cook. It depends on your waffle maker and personal preferences, but you may want to cook slightly past the point it tells you the waffle is done to help crisp up the edges. In my waffle maker, this makes about 2 huge waffles or 3 decent-sized waffles.
- These are best served warm. Enjoy!
- Feel free to also use other favorite fried rice additions.
The waffle maker cooking adventures live on! What is your favorite thing to make in a waffle maker (besides these fried rice waffles, of course)?
Looking for other different, fun, and tasty waffle ideas? Try these tofu waffles or chickpea waffles.