Beef Croquettes Recipe – Shallow Fried and Baked

15 Apr

I should have done this recipe way back but knowing that it does take extra effort I kept pushing it off till this week. So here is my mother’s recipe. I also experimented by baking some of the croquettes which were equally firm and held their shape. Beef croquettes definitely has a Portuguese origin and is somewhat close to the Dutch and Japanese.

        Shallow-fried Beef Croquettes


There are many variation in cooking the ground beef and how the croquettes are cooked. Some recipes  use Goan smoked sausages, recheado masala or the popular meat dry spices called Jeerem-Meerem for cooking the ground meat. Some use bread crumbs or cream of wheat/rava. And finally they are either shallow-fried or deep-fried. The reason I shallow-fried is my mom makes it that way. For extra flavor she adds more sautéed onions with a dash of sugar and fresh chopped cilantro/coriander to the ground meat mix, before she shapes them into cylindrical croquettes rolls. If you have leftover cooked beef like a roast you can use it.

Baked Beef Croquettes


Beef croquettes are very popular in a catholic household in Goa as a snack or h’orderve for parties, weddings and celebrations along with Coriander chutney sandwiches, Forminhas and Beef patties, Rissois de camaraoclick on each to go to the respective recipes.

Popular Goan Party Snacks


4 Step in making croquettes

Cook the ground meat.

Grind the cook meat and add extra sautéed onions, egg, fresh cilantro and 3 slices of bread and let refrigerate for 30 -60 minutes.

Roll them in cylindrical croquettes and coat them in cream of wheat.

Shallow or deep fry the croquettes.


Serving Size: 16 croquettes


1 lbs of ground lean meat ( 94% to 6%)

1 medium onion diced very finely

2 tbsp of recheado masala/goan jeerem-meerem (click for recipe)

1 tsp of vinegar

1 tsp of sugar

4 cloves minced garlic

1/2″ ginger minced

1 cup cream of wheat for coating/ finely ground bread crumbs

1 egg

3 sliced of bread crumbled

8-10 sprigs of finely chopped fresh cilantro/ coriander

oil for shallow frying

Salt to taste


Cooking  the ground beef/ mince/ keema

Heat oil in a pan and saute half the amount of onions, ginger, garlic till soft and fragrant. Next add the recheado masala/ jeerem-meerem, vinegar and saute for 30-60 seconds.

Add the meat and mix very well, season with salt and half the amount of sugar. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. Keep checking occasionally and stir as not to stick or burn.

Let cool completely or overnight.

Making the Croquettes

Saute the remaining onion till soft. Take off heat and add the remaining sugar, season with salt and fine chopped cilantro/ coriander. Let cool.

In a food processor/ meat grinder add the cooled meat, egg and crumbled bread slices and pulse a couple of times till all is mixed well.

Take out the mixture from the food processor and mix the cooled sautéed onion mixture. The texture and consistency have to be similar to a cookie dough to be able to shape the croquettes. Refrigerate it for 30 -60 minutes.

Divided the meat mixture into equal portions about 16 portions, roll them as ball and then press them down to form in cylindrical shape. Coat them in cream of wheat or finely ground bread crumbs and shallow fry on each side for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat.


For baking:

Heat oven to 400F. Line a cookie sheet tray with parchment paper, spray oil, then line the croquettes and spray the croquettes on top with oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes turn the croquettes halfway through the baking process to be baked evenly.

Tip: Make the croquettes ahead of time and freeze it. You can reheat them in the oven for 15 minutes at 375F.


62 Responses to “Beef Croquettes Recipe – Shallow Fried and Baked”

  1. Jim April 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    nom, nom, nom

  2. Smiling Notes April 15, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Ooohhh so awesome!! I want! 😀

  3. alisonamazed April 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    Labour intensive, requiring lots of loving patience 🙂 though am intrigued by how I could make a vegetarian substitute. I am inspired! 🙂

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:12 am #

      Yes Allison it is labor intensive for sure that is why I put it off for so long. For a vegetarian version you can use curried mash potatoes with finely chopped green beans, carrots, peas, onion, ginger and fresh cilantro.

      • alisonamazed April 20, 2016 at 8:25 am #

        Potato croquettes! Yes. I was thinking about using lentils, and mashed potatoes woukd be an excellent binder!

        • Nandini April 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

          That too would work wonderful 🙂

  4. Hans Susser April 15, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    Another winner, as usual 🙂

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      Thank You so much Hans, that is very kind of you to say. Have a great week 🙂

  5. youthfoodblog April 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    Very unique beef recipe!

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:18 am #

      Thank You Much, Chris 🙂

  6. Mr. Militant Negro April 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:20 am #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog. Wishing you a Happy Monday 🙂

  7. sarithakumbakkara April 16, 2016 at 12:40 am #

    Hi Nandini,I have been going through your blog and enjoying the gifts and talents you share there! Wish I could have found your space earlier! I would like to know and read more about your blog. I have nominated you for One lovely Blog Award for your outstanding work. Please follow the link to

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:21 am #

      Thank You Sarita so much. That is very kind of you to think of me 🙂

  8. sarithakumbakkara April 16, 2016 at 1:43 am #

    Lovely croquettes Nandini! Slurrrrp!!!

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      Me too Saritha 🙂 Just that they are a bit of extra effort.

      • sarithakumbakkara April 18, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

        But worth the effort I’m sure 🙂

        • Nandini April 23, 2016 at 11:19 am #

          Yes, every bit of it 🙂

  9. Stan the maN April 16, 2016 at 2:28 am #

    Heya Nandini!

    BEEF CROQUETTES LOOK APPETIZING/SMASHING FROM THE WORD GO. I love My beef croquettes TO BITS,please pardon the PUN.The spouse prepares them here in the UK very often.My late gran prepared them a lot in Goa many many years ago.Your product EXHIBITS HIGH QUALITY. If I ever had Your CROQUETTES it would be ‘LOVE AT FIRST BITE’. We will give Your recipe a try very soon.I have already shot emails to Dr Bernard Costa in Germany with Your FAB recipe and to Malcolm My friend from East Africa (Chandor,Goa) Who is a FOODIE/GOURMET.And one more thing before I forget,Your photos look so real to that end My TUMMY FEELS FULL JUST BY LOOKING AT YOUR CROQUETTES.What a start to ANYBODY’S WEEKEND.


    Stan the maN

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:27 am #

      Thank You so much Mr Stan. Appreciate your kind words. I enjoy that way you use words to describe foods. And thank you for sharing my recipe appreciate it very much. Wishing you and Mrs Stan too a very lovely week ahead.

  10. Sheryl April 16, 2016 at 4:14 am #

    The Beef Croquettes look fantastic. I never would have thought of using cream of wheat as a coating, but it looks like it creates a wonderful crispy coating. I might have to try it not only with this recipe but with other croquette recipes.

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:29 am #

      Thank You so much Sheryl. In Goa cream of wheat is used lot more then bread crumbs as a coating. And you are right, it does give a lovely crunch 🙂

  11. chezlerevefrancais April 16, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    I’m not a fan of mince normally but spicy and shaped I love it! These look really good so I’m pinning! 🙂

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:32 am #

      Thank You so much Chez, appreciate it 🙂

  12. bhumi April 16, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    Looks amazingly yummy…

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      Thank You so much Bhumi 🙂

  13. Sabrina April 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    These look delicious, Nandini!

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:35 am #

      Thank You so much Sabrina 🙂

  14. Freda @ Aromatic essence April 16, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Yummy!! Looks superb, Nandini! And all those other appetizers as well! I feel like having them all now 😀

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks Much Freda…It makes me miss home when I see it 🙂

  15. Loretta April 16, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Gorgeous Nandini. I remember croquettes so well, but I’ve never made them. My mum used to make these regularly. I remember her making it with leftover roast beef. It’s been a while since I’ve had roast beef, but your pictures are making me salivate and wanting them right now. I imagine the cream of wheat gave them a nice crispy crunch too.

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:39 am #

      Thank You Loretta so much. Leftover beef is perfect. My mom makes almondegas with leftover beef. You should give it a try. Onces you start to eat them you just want to finish them all in one go 🙂

  16. ledrakenoir April 16, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

    Looks so delicious and really tempting… 🙂

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:41 am #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  17. lynne hoareau April 17, 2016 at 5:30 am #

    These sound and look really delightful Nandini ! Yum 🙂

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:42 am #

      Thank You Lynne so much. They are quite delicious 🙂

  18. swapnakarthik April 17, 2016 at 6:35 am #

    The pictures are gorgeous and simply mouthwatering…

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Thank You Swapna so much 🙂

  19. Lana-Once Upon a Spice April 17, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Lovely! Love the cream of wheat idea for coating too!

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      Thank You Lana so much. It gives a nice crunch 🙂

  20. fromthefamilytable April 17, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Your croquettes are so amazing – perfect shape and color. Very unlike the blobs I fry up.

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:47 am #

      That is very kind of you to say Darryl. You are an equally good cook 🙂

  21. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy April 18, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    Another tasty-looking recipe!

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

      Thank You Sarah so much 🙂

  22. mommermom April 19, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    These look very tasty and fairly simple. Something our carnivorous family would enjoy! Thank you for another great recipe.

    • Nandini April 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

      Thank You so much and I am happy to hear that 🙂

  23. annascuisine April 21, 2016 at 6:09 am #

    Looks appetizing, Nandini. ❤

  24. Rhonda Sittig April 21, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    These look wonderful– we had croquetas of fish and chicken and cured jam when we lived in Spain, but not here back in California. I’d love to sample yours!!

    • Nandini April 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

      Thank You so much Rhonda and you are always welcome. In Goa it is made only with beef. I do want to try next time with chicken.

      • Rhonda Sittig April 24, 2016 at 12:04 am #

        Well, whatever you use, I’m sure they’ll be delicious!!

  25. Harry...the Man! April 27, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    They really do like nice. I could see me gaining weight again so easily with these in the fridge to snack on.

    • Nandini April 29, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

      Hahaha…. Harry just go for a quick run once done eating….problem solved. Gloria and you have a great weekend 🙂

  26. stateeats May 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    MMMMM, so good. I would like to try all those snacks in your composite picture! -Kat

    • Nandini May 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

      You are always welcome to it Kat 🙂


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