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Panko-Crusted Rice Cakes With Lemon-Basil Sauce

Yield 8 servings
Prep: 25 min., Cook: 32 min., Cool: 10 min. Top these rice cakes with fresh crab meat or shrimp for an easy, elegant appetizer.


  • 1 1/3 cups MAHATMA Enriched Thai Fragrant Long Grain Jasmine Rice, uncooked
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian-style Japanese breadcrumbs (panko), divided
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Garnishes: lemon slices, fresh basil leaves, fresh lettuce leaves

How to Make It

  1. Bring 2 2/3 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; add rice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Let cool 10 minutes.

  2. Stir together rice, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, and next 4 ingredients.

  3. Shape rice mixture into 16 (3/4-inch-thick) patties. Dredge in remaining 1 cup breadcrumbs.

  4. Pulse mayonnaise, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil in a food processor or blender 4 to 5 times or until well blended, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Season with freshly ground pepper to taste.

  5. Cook rice cakes, in 2 batches, in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on a paper towel-lined wire rack. Serve with lemon-basil sauce. Garnish, if desired.