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Arancini Balls

Rice balls make a great side dish or appetizer. They are filled with rice and cheese and fried until crisp. They are ready in less than 30 minutes! You must try this recipe for arancini.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword arancini balls, arancini balls recipe, arancini recipe easy, rice balls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1472kcal
Author Vicky



  • 3 cups quick cook rice cooked
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 3 eggs 1 for rice mixture and 2 beaten for coating the rice balls

  • tsp salt
  • dash pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs use ¼ cup of breadcrumbs in rice mixture and ½ cup to bread the rice balls

  • 2 cups oil for frying
  • marinara sauce for dipping


  • Prepare the quick cook rice according to package directions.
  • When the rice is ready, allow it to cool and then put it in a large bowl and stir in 1 egg, ¼ cup breadcrumbs, ⅛ teaspoon salt, dash of pepper, ½ teaspoon of oregano, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Mix until thoroughly combined.

  • Use your hands to form into small balls.

  • Beat two eggs in a bowl and dip the formed rice balls in the egg.  Roll the rice balls around in the bread crumbs until they are completely covered.

  • Place the oil in a pan so that when the arancini are added, the oil will cover or nearly cover them. Heat oil until it is 350 degrees. Using a slotted spoon, drop in balls in batches of four until they are cooked through and the outside has turned a deep golden brown.

  • Remove the arancini balls from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. If you'd like, you can warm up some marinara sauce for dipping and serve the sauce with the rice balls.





Serving: 8g | Calories: 1472kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 125g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 6mg