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Crispy on the outside and perfectly tender inside, Boudin Balls are a cajun classic that you’re sure to love! A seasoned mixture of sausage, veggies and rice are formed into balls, then breaded and fried until deliciously crisp and golden.
Cajun food is intensely flavorful and satisfying! If you love it as much as we do, try some of our other recipes like tender, juicy cajun popcorn shrimp, creamy cajun chicken meatballs or amazing baked cajun fries!
Boudin Balls (pronounced “boo-dan”) are fried Cajun appetizers made with pork sausage, rice and sautéed veggies. They are very popular in Louisiana, and are great as an appetizer for game day, parties or other gatherings. You can even enjoy them as a side dish to complete a traditional cajun meal!
These are the perfect delicious and unique appetizer that will really impress your guests! These warm and savory bites are packed with wonderful flavor that will transport you to the heart of Louisiana. We are big fans of cajun food, and if you’re looking for more recipes to complete your menu, we have plenty of tasty options! Try out New Orleans gumbo, slow cooker jambalaya and southern hush puppies. Don’t forget the beignets to finish the meal with something sweet!
If you don’t live close to Louisiana, it’s unlikely that you will find boudin sausage in your neck of the woods. Luckily, the authentic mix of pork, rice and veggies is easy to make at home. Here is a note on all of the ingredients you’ll need. You can find exact measurements in the recipe card below.
Kind of like a fried meatball, get ready to be obsessed with everything about this delicious southern snack! These are best served hot and crispy with a side sauce for dipping. Here’s how they come together:
This boudin balls recipe is really very easy to make, but here are some tips so these cajun snack balls turn out wonderfully delicious!
Can I make the boudin mixture ahead of time?
Yes! You can make the sausage, rice, vegetable mixture up to 24 hours ahead of making and frying the balls. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge, and the flavor will get even tastier over time!
Surprisingly, boudin balls make great leftovers. They’re easy to store and stay tasting delicious for days. They’re even freezer friendly!
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In a skillet over medium high heat, cook the sausage, bell pepper, onion, and celery until the sausage is fully cooked. Remove from heat.
Place the sausage and vegetables into a food processor or blender and pulse until it is mostly pureed.
Mix the rice and cajun seasoning into the pureed sausage. Chill the sausage in the fridge for about an hour so it firms up. Form the sausage into tight, 1 ½ to 2 inch balls.
Set up a dredging station, whisk the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika together in a shallow dish. Beat the eggs in a second shallow dish, pour the panko breadcrumbs into the third dish.
Working a couple balls at a time, roll them in the flour first, then dredge in the eggs and move to the breadcrumbs, ensuring the sausage balls are completely covered. Set the breaded boudin balls aside.
Heat enough oil to submerge the balls in over medium high heat (350 degrees fahrenheit). Once the oil has come up to temp, fry the boudin balls until they are evenly golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Work in batches to keep the balls from crowding.
Place the cooked balls onto paper towels to absorb any excess oil, let them cool a few minutes then enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.
Calories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 263mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 259IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.