Similar to puffed rice, learn how to make your own homemade popped rice! This childhood breakfast staple has more possibilities than you may remember: from a meal garnish to a dessert ingredient, our Popped Rice can serve many purposes. This one ingredient recipe is incredibly satisfying, no matter how you eat it!
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.
If you were looking to use your crispy rice in a recipe, look no further than these decadent Puffed Rice Chocolate Bars. Once you see how easy popped rice is to make, you may find yourself addicted to trying out some variations.
Sweet: The only difference between this simple cereal and this sweet Churros Puffed Rice Cereal is tossing the popped rice with cinnamon and sugar.
Savory: If you want to give your meal a little kick, mix in some chili powder. For instance, a pinch of Chili Popped Rice will take this flavorful Pad Thai Fried Rice & Japanese Style Omelet to a whole new level.
Sprinkle these light, crispy grains on top of any dish. Crunchy foods add another layer to our sensory experience, so add a pinch of this popped rice to any dish that needs a little crunch! Instead of bread crumbs, heap on a generous portion atop our creamy Mac and Cheese. This sweet Mango Sticky Rice and classic rice pudding recipes also taste great with a nice sprinkling. In fact, you can even take some of that extra Carolina® Jasmine Rice to whip up a batch.