Chinese Sticky Fried Sesame Balls Recipe

Chinese Sticky Fried Sesame Balls Recipe

How To Make Chinese Fried Sesame Balls Recipe

Whip up these chewy sesame balls made of sticky rice packed with a tasty red bean filling! It’s a popular Chinese treat that’s excellent to munch on.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 15 minutes
Soak and Cool Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Total: 1 day 1 hour 50 minutes



For Red Bean Filling:

  • ¼cupred bean,dried
  • 4cupswater
  • ¼cupsugar

For Dough:

  • cupwater,hot
  • ½cuplight brown sugar
  • 2cupsglutinous rice flour,add more for dusting
  • ½cupsesame seed

For Frying:

  • 7cupsvegetable oil


Red Bean Filling:

  1. Combine the red beans with 1 cup of water in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, then soak overnight.

  2. Drain the red beans, then transfer to a small saucepan with the remaining 3 cups of water.

  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and cook for 1 hour, until soft enough to mash with a fork.

  4. Add the sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid evaporates and a thick red bean paste forms.

  5. Transfer the red bean paste to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the paste to prevent a skin from forming.

  6. Refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk the hot water with the light brown sugar until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Add the glutinous rice flour to a medium bowl, then use a spoon to create a small well in the center.

  3. Pour the sugar syrup into the well and stir for 5 minutes, until the dough is well combined and no longer sticks to the bowl.

  4. Lightly dust a clean surface with glutinous rice flour. Turn the dough out and knead for 5 minutes, until it forms a smooth, round ball. Use a little bit more flour or water as needed.

  5. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll the pieces into small balls, then flatten into discs about ½-inch thick and 2½-inches in diameter.


  1. Place 1 teaspoon of red bean filling in the center of a piece of dough. Fold in the edges to cover the filling, then roll into a ball.

  2. Roll the ball in the sesame seeds until the dough is covered. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot until it reaches 350 degrees F.

  4. Fry the sesame balls for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack set over a baking sheet to drain and let cool for 15 minutes.

  5. Serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 2006.55kcal
  • Fat: 201.08g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.55g
  • Trans Fat: 1.50g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 142.97g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 35.65g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.35g
  • Fiber: 3.44g
  • Sugar: 15.23g
  • Protein: 5.31g
  • Sodium: 10.50mg
  • Calcium: 111.65mg
  • Potassium: 165.16mg
  • Iron: 1.99mg
  • Vitamin C: 0.26mg
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