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Air Fryer Cauliflower Rice Balls

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These air fryer cauliflower rice balls are the perfect snack or meal when you’re craving something hearty and satisfying. They’re packed with flavor, super easy to make, and can be made ahead of time. Plus, they’re low carb and keto friendly!

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The best air fryer cauliflower balls

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Cauliflower rice is all the rage right now, and for good reason. It’s a healthy, low-carb alternative to traditional white rice, and it’s perfect for making dishes like cauliflower fried rice or cauliflower pizza crust. These air fryer cauliflower rice balls are a great way to get your fix of comfort food without loading up on carbs.

These air fryer cauliflower rice balls are the perfect snack or meal when you’re craving something.

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Delicious cauliflower rice balls

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • They’re a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional rice balls.
  • They’re perfect for a quick and easy snack or meal.
  • Cauliflower rice balls are made with just a few simple ingredients.
  • These cauliflower rice balls can be easily customized to your liking.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Cream Cheese – The cream cheese will work better at room temperature and soft.
  • Cauliflower Rice – This rice should be cooked and drained well.
  • Butter – The butter for this recipe will need to be softened.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese – You can buy shredded cheese or shred it yourself.
  • Parmesan Cheese – You’ll want to make sure that the parmesan cheese is grated.
  • Bacon Crumbled – A little bacon will go a long way in this recipe, but add as much or as little as you’d like.
  • Green Onions – Go ahead and chop up the green onions for this recipe.
  • Garlic powder – The flavor of garlic is important in the rice balls.
  • Crushed Pork Rind Crumbs – We’re sticking with the low carb theme here and going with pork rinds.
  • Large Egg – To help hold everything together with the rice balls.
  • Salt and Pepper – You can add as much salt and pepper to taste as you’d like!

How to Make This Recipe

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Step 1:

Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F.

Step 2:

Add all of the ingredients, except for the pork rinds to a mixing bowl, and stir to combine well.

Step 3:

Spread the pork rind crumbs out over a large plate or shallow bowl.

Step 4:

Form the cauliflower mixture into 17 evenly sized balls.

Step 5:

Roll the balls into the pork rinds to coat them on all sides.

Step 6:

Place the cauliflower balls into the basket in the air fryer, and cook for 12-15 minutes, turning halfway through. 

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Easy to make keto cauliflower rice balls

Recipe Tips

  • If you want to make ahead and freeze these, simply form the balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for an hour or so, then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. To cook, just place them frozen into the air fryer basket and cook for 2-3 minutes longer than the recipe states.
  • You can also bake these in the oven! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. 
  • If you want to make a smaller batch, simply halve all of the ingredients. This will yield about 8-9 balls.

Variation Options

There are so many ways that you can change up this recipe to make it your own. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add in some chopped veggies like diced bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini.
  • Switch up the cheeses! Try mozzarella, Swiss, or Pepper Jack.
  • Make them spicy by adding in some diced jalapeños or red pepper flakes.
  • Add in some chopped herbs like parsley, basil, or thyme.
  • For a fun twist, try dipping them in marinara sauce or ranch dressing.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Place the rice balls in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 3-4 days.

Freezing: These can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Reheating: There are a few ways that you can reheat these cauliflower balls. The easiest way is in the air fryer! Simply place them in the basket and cook for 2-3 minutes at 375 degrees F, or until heated through. You can also reheat them in the oven or microwave.

FAQs

How do you make cauliflower rice balls without an air fryer?

You can easily bake these in the oven! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, you can certainly make these ahead of time. Simply form the balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them.

What can I dip these in?

There are so many delicious options! I love dipping them in marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or even a honey mustard sauce.

Can you fry frozen rice balls?

Yes, you can fry them frozen! Simply place them in the air fryer basket and cook for 2-3 minutes longer than the recipe states.

How do you cook frozen rice balls?

There are a few ways that you can reheat these cauliflower balls. The easiest way is in the air fryer! Simply place them in the basket and cook for 2-3 minutes at 375 degrees, or until heated through. You can also reheat them in the oven or microwave.

Yield: 17 Servings

Air Fryer Cauliflower Rice Balls

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These air fryer cauliflower rice balls are the perfect snack or meal when you’re craving something hearty and satisfying. They’re packed with flavor, super easy to make, and can be made ahead of time. Plus, they’re low carb and keto friendly!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice cooked and drained well
  • 1 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup crumbled bacon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups crushed pork rind crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
  2. Add all of the ingredients, except for the pork rinds, to a mixing bowl. Stir to combine well.
  3. Spread the pork rind crumbs out over a large plate or shallow bowl.
  4. Form the cauliflower mixture into 17 evenly sized balls.
  5. Roll the balls into the pork rinds to coat them on all sides.
  6. Place the cauliflower balls into a tray or basket in the air fryer, and cook for 12-15 minutes, turning halfway through.

Notes

  • If you want to make ahead and freeze these, simply form the balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for an hour or so, then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. To cook, just place them frozen into the air fryer basket and cook for 2-3 minutes longer than the recipe states.
  • You can also bake these in the oven! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • If you want to make a smaller batch, simply halve all of the ingredients. This will yield about 8-9 balls.
  • Storing: Place the rice balls in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: These can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
  • Reheating: There are a few ways that you can reheat these cauliflower balls. The easiest way is in the air fryer! Simply place them in the basket and cook for 2-3 minutes at 375 degrees F, or until heated through. You can also reheat them in the oven or microwave.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

17

Serving Size:

1 rice ball

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 10g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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