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All Recipes, Tapas / February 21, 2024

Got Leftover Rice? Make these AMAZING Fritters | Spanish-Style Recipe

These Spanish-Style Rice Fritters, known as Buñuelos de Arroz, are what simple comfort food is all about. We’re talking a light crispy texture on the outside with an incredible flavor in the inside, easy to make and done in just 30 minutes. But the best part? They’re made using leftover rice.

Spanish-Style Rice Fritters
The leftover rice I used is just your typical steamed white rice. But you can mix things up and use other types of rice. To make the batter, I used all-purpose flour. If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, just substitute for the same amount of gluten-free flour.

Spanish-Style Rice Fritters
I paired these rice fritters with a simple yet delicious aioli. Made with just garlic, saffron, mayonnaise, lemon juice and olive oil. You can pair them with other sauces. In this link, you will find four other sauces that work amazing with these fritters.

Spanish-Style Rice Fritters

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Make sure to cook the fritters on a medium heat and nothing higher. Otherwise, they will brown too quickly on the outside and not fully cook in the inside. You can make the batter ahead of time. It will hold for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Spanish-Style Rice FrittersKey Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make these Spanish-Style Rice Fritters

Spanish-Style Rice Fritters

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 418 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup club soda 90 ml
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small carrot
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley 8 grams
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 1 cup leftover cooked white rice 190 grams
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese 60 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 90 ml
  • fresh parsley



  1. Add the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the middle, crack in the egg and whisk the egg, then add in the club soda and whisk everything together until you get a creamy batter, then add in the onion finely chopped, finely grate in the garlic, finely grate in the carrot (peeled), add in the chopped parsley, sweet smoked Spanish paprika and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together

  2. Add in the cooked rice and grated cheese, give it one final mix until well mixed together

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  4. After a couple of minutes start adding in spoonfuls of the batter, all evenly spaced out and in a single layer, cook in batches, fry the fritters for 3 minutes per side or until golden fried, as you finish each batch, transfer the fritters into a dish with paper towels


  1. Add in the cloves of garlic roughly chopped into a mortar, along with the saffron and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down on the ingredients until you get a paste-like texture, then add in the mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil and season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until you get a creamy texture


  1. Transfer the aioli into a small bowl and place over a serving dish, decorate the fritters around it and garnish with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Saffron and Spanish Paprika I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Spanish-Style Rice Fritters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 358mg16%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 2609IU52%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Rachel

    Could you eat these cold like packed for lunch?

    05 . Jul . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love 🙂

      07 . Jul . 2024
  2. Karen

    These look awesome, but I need something that is non-dairy- do you think it would work without the 1/2 cheese? Thanks!

    28 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! It is just there for flavor 🙂 Much love

      29 . Feb . 2024

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