Cheesy Bacon Croquettes

Try these irresistible cheesy, smoky bacon and white rice croquettes on National Bacon Day! Serve with store-bought marinara or Alfredo sauce for dipping.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 9
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins (+ 10 mins cooling time)
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins (+ 10 mins cooling time)


  • 1 cup Minute® Instant White Rice
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/4 cups Italian bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  • With a crunchy exterior and a cheesy bacon center, these bite-sized croquettes are the perfect snack or appetizer to make for your next family or friend gathering. They’re simply delicious and guaranteed to impress everyone!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Let cool completely.

    Step 2

  • Mix together rice, bacon, 3/4 cup bread crumbs, mozzarella, Parmesan and eggs until well combined.

    Step 3

  • Using wet hands, scoop 1/4-cupfuls of rice mixture into balls. Roll in bread crumbs until coated. Transfer to parchment paper–lined tray.

    Step 4

  • Meanwhile, heat large saucepan filled with enough oil to come 3 inches up side over medium heat until deep-fry thermometer reads 350˚F.

    Step 5

  • Working in batches, carefully drop rice balls into hot oil; fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Using slotted spoon, transfer rice balls to paper towel–lined tray. Let cool slightly.

    Recipe Tip

    Serve with store-bought marinara or Alfredo sauce for dipping.

Ideal Snack or Appetizer

Add this delicious recipe to your list of ideas to make for a game day snack, a family gathering appetizer, or a starter for a fun dinner party. They can be made ahead of time, rolled and stored in the fridge until just before frying. They are best served immediately for that crispy outer texture and warm gooey inside!

Unlike traditional croquettes, we’ve added a secret ingredient to the filling. Cooked and chilled Minute® White Rice helps to hold everything together with a hearty touch! We suggest making the rice ahead of time and letting it fully cool before mixing everything together so that they don’t fall apart on account of any excess water. You can also use leftover rice from a previous meal.

Tip: For even more added flavor, try cooking your rice in broth! You could even get a creamier texture by swapping out half of the water for coconut milk.

Tips For Deep-Frying

If you feel intimidated by deep-frying, with a few quick tips and tricks there is nothing to worry about! Also, if you have an Air Fryer, you can use that in place of oil to get the same results. Just use it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


-Make sure the oil is hot before adding the croquettes. This way you avoid them absorbing oil before they actually begin to fry.

Place them gently in the oil so they are not on top of one another and they can fry evenly.

-Lastly, once they are golden brown and cooked through, place them on a kitchen paper towel to absorb any extra oil.

Make-Ahead Tip: As we said before, you can prepare and roll your croquettes ahead of time by placing in the fridge for up to 1 day before frying. They are also freezer-friendly, just make sure to fry them directly from frozen.

Find more life hacks and recipe ideas in our Quick Tips section. Find recipes from Instant Pot Chicken and Rice to appetizer and starters like these croquettes. If you are looking for a no fuss weekday meal try our cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole. 

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