Fried Rice Patties – GF & Perfect For Lunch Boxes

These gluten-free fried rice patties are a great way of using up leftover rice and make a nutritious and appealing lunchbox addition or an ‘anytime’ snack. Loaded with rice, veggies and protein, they are filling for active kids and adults alike.

They are easy to prepare ahead of time and they freeze well – making them great for busy weeks and lunchbox prep.

Fried Rice Patties On Cooling Tray

Ingredients Required for Fried Rice Patties

This is a super versatile recipe that I often throw together based on whatever I have in the fridge and if I want to use up some cold leftover rice.

The trick though is not to go adding too many vegetables in, as picky little eaters may turn their noses up in disgust (anyone else have a pea-hater?).

To make them, you will need:

  • cooked and cooled rice (any time works!)
  • mixed vegetables – you can keep it quite plain with just corn or combine a few
  • ham or bacon pieces
  • gluten free flour
  • gluten free soy sauce or tamari
  • an egg
Fried Rice Patties List of Ingredients
Fried Rice Patties Gluten Free

Fried Rice Patties – Gluten Free & Perfect For Lunch Boxes

These fried rice patties are a perfect way to use up leftover rice and make a nutritious and appealing lunch or snack.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Lunch, Snack
Servings 6


  • 4 cups cooked rice (cooled)
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables of your choice (Here I used peas, corn, red peppers/capsicum)
  • 1/2 cup ham or bacon pieces
  • 2 tbsp gluten free flour
  • 1 egg lightly whisked
  • 2 tsp tamari or gluten-free soy sauce

+ Spray oil if required for frypan


    • In a large bowl combine the cold rice, vegetables and ham or bacon pieces.
    • Add in the whisked egg, gf flour and gf soy sauce and combine well.
    • Warm frypan to a medium heat and spray lightly with oil.
    • Place small balls of rice mixture into the frypan and flatten lightly.
    • Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, making sure they are cooked through.
    • Place on a cooling tray and continue until all mixture is cooked.


    • This recipe is very versatile and you can make adjustments based on how much rice you have leftover or what vegetables need using up. You can halve it, double or even triple.
    • Need to make them vegetarian or concerned about leaving them in a lunchbox half the day? Then leave out the ham/bacon. 
    • The two components that are at risk here of not making them truly gluten free is the soy sauce and the flour so be triple sure you are using the gluten free versions of both!
    • See below for tips on freezing these gf fried rice patties.
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    Fried Rice Patties Gluten Free - Instructions + Process Shots
    vertical image of 12 rice patties cooling on baking tray
    Allow to cool

    Freezing & Storing Fried Rice Patties

    One of the very best things about this recipe is that they freeze really well and defrost quickly, ready for lunchboxes.

    When cooled, separated and stored correctly, these will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. I like to separate them once cooled, and then wrap individually:

    Fried Rice Patties - Freezer

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