Learn how to make your own Puffed Rice with this fragrant twist on a childhood classic; there is nothing more satisfying than recreating one of your favorite meals. Let your creativity run wild with this 1-ingredient recipe that serves as a breakfast, meal garnish, or as part of a dessert!
Preheat oven to 250°F. Cook rice according to package directions. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheet; bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until dry to the touch and all the moisture has evaporated. Let cool completely (rice should be dry and hard before frying).
Pour enough oil into large saucepan to come 2 inches up side; heat over medium-high heat until instant-read thermometer reaches 425°F. Add a few grains of cooked rice; if oil is hot enough it will start to puff up instantly.
Working in batches, carefully add 1/2 cup rice to hot oil; fry for 3 to 6 seconds or until puffed. Using small metal wire sieve, carefully transfer rice to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Let cool completely.
Toss popped rice with your favorite sweet or savory seasoning. Use as a crunchy puffed topping for stir-fries, breakfast bowls or salads.
In addition to simply pouring Puffed Rice over your favorite milk, get creative and use it as an ingredient or garnish to many dishes, like a creamy Arroz con leche.
Sweet: Get your chocolate fix when you make these Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars. The Puffed Rice balances out the richness in the bars and delivers a satisfying crunch. Plus, if you have your cereal handy and don’t account for the refrigeration, it only takes a couple of minutes!
Savory: Rather than breadcrumbs, layer some of this crispy goodness on top of our velvety Mac and Cheese. Alternatively, swap out the crunchy peanuts or the crispy fried onions with Puffed Rice in your stir-fry creation, like for this flavor-packed Pad Thai Fried Rice with Japanese Omelet.
Whether you want a lighter meal, like this Puffed Rice cereal, or a brunch smorgasbord, start your day right with a great breakfast! Our satisfying twist on the refreshing “Nature’s Cereal” will leave you feeling ready for whatever the day has in store for you. If you want something with a little more protein, throw our flavor-packed Turmeric Breakfast Rice Bowl together in mere minutes! For a meal fit for Sunday brunch, our spicy Omelet Stuffed with Mexican Rice and Chorizo – or try leftover paella stuffing for a twist.