Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Balls

4.8 from 4 reviews

These Cauliflower Rice Balls are deliciously crispy little bites of cheesy goodness!  They are the perfect appetizer … your friends and family won’t even know they are filled with veggies.  Sure to be a total crowd pleaser!


  • 10 oz bag frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 an onion)
  • 3 tsp chopped garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (extra for drizzling!)
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs + a couple more tbsp as needed
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Set the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop up the onion and garlic cloves.
  3. Add one tbsp olive oil to a pan over medium to high heat. Add in the garlic and onion and sauté with salt, pepper, and italian seasoning until soft and fragrant.
  4. Then add in the cauliflower rice. Since the cauliflower rice is frozen, there will be a decent amount of liquid. Sauté until all the liquid is cooked off and the rice is soft. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Remove the cauliflower mixture from the stove and add to a mixing bowl. Add in the mozzarella cheese and combine.
  6. Roll the cauliflower & cheese mixture into 12 (approximately tablespoon sized) balls.
  7. Add the egg to one bowl and whisk, the flour to another, and the panko breadcrumbs to another.
  8. Bread each ball by first coating evenly in the flour, then in the egg, and then in the breadcrumbs. Place the finished balls on a baking tray.
  9. Drizzle or lightly dip the balls in some olive oil. You don’t want too much oil, but just enough to help the balls get crispy & golden.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes, flip the balls, and then bake for another 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and enjoy! I recommend serving with some marinara sauce.

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