Last week I set out to see if I could make homemade rice crackers, and it turns out I totally can! This homemade rice cracker recipe idea came about on a bit of a whim as I had some leftover rice from sushi bowls and I wondered what I could do with it
It turns out, if you add a little bit of natural flavouring and bake it, you can totally turn leftover rice into crunchy rice crackers. I used sweet smoked paprika to flavour my crackers, it makes a homemade bbq cracker type flavour and adds colour, but you could try your fav spice!
What rice do you need to make homemade rice crackers
I tested this homemade rice cracker recipe three times, but each time I used the same sort of rice, so I cannot say definitively if other rice types will make great rice crackers. On the three times, I made my these rice crackers I used leftover unflavoured sushi rice. I suspect the recipe will work with other short grain rice types, such as calrose or arborio, you need to leftover tice you use to be quite sticky so that you can form it into a ball. So fluffy leftover long grain rice probably won’t work.
Tips for making my homemade rice cracker recipe
- Use leftover cooked short grain rice such as sushi rice
- Portion the crackers evenly, as you really do need them to all be the same thickness to bake evenly, otherwise, you will get burnt bits on the outside, and a cracker/wafer that is not crispy in the center
- When you are rolling your rice balls keep your hands wet, this stops the rice from sticking
Are Rice Crackers Ok For Babies?
Ingredient wise these homemade rice crackers are fine for babies, however, texture wise they will not be suitable for the very young. They are very crunchy and snap into pieces which could be a choking risk for babies without teeth. They were fine for my 3, 4 and 5-year-old though.
If you are looking for other easy cracker recipes I have a few others on my site.
My Chickpea and Oat crackers are really popular and very tasty for kids or adults, the video for the chickpea crackers are just below. I also have a great collection of kid-friendly cracker recipes you might want to check out.
Homemade Rice Cracker Recipe
Yield 20 Crackers
Rice Crackers an easy homemade healthy gluten-free cracker you can make with leftover rice
- 2.5 cups cooked sushi rice
- 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Place the cooked leftover sushi rice in a bowl.
- Add the spice and seasoning (if needed) the amount of salt you will require will depend if your sushi rice was seasoned when cooked
- Mix so that the spice is evenly distributed
- Line a baking tray with baking paper
- Wet your hands and a tablespoon, Use the wet spoon to and your wet hands to form golf ball sized rice balls
- Place the balls on the baking tray
- Top with another layer of baking paper, then squish the balls evenly. You could use your hands for this, a rolling pin, or I used a chopping board and pressed down so that all the balls were squashed at the same time
- Bake at 180 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes.. remove from the oven before the edges get too golden
- Allow to cool, they should be quite crunchy when cool
- I use unseasoned sushi rice (ie sushi rice without sushi vinegar and sugar, however, it still should work if your sushi rice is seasoned, although the paprika flavour combo may not be quite right
Serving Size 2 crackers
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrates 6.7 g
Protein 0.6 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.