Arancini {Fried Rice Balls}


Fried food is some of the best food in the world. Period. Now before anyone gets all excited, I never said it was the healthiest of foods, just that it is some of the best food ; ) Everything in moderation right ; ) So are you ready for a fried phenomenon?  I must warn you though, these Arancini {fried rice balls} are utterly addictive. If you’re on a diet or cutting back on carbs {GASP} go ahead and save yourself, click away now ; )


But if you’re not or just splurging, you’re in for a treat. You’ll need a batch of risotto and a pair of elastic waisted pants might be a good idea too ; ). I usually make extra when I’m making risotto JUST so I have leftovers to make these. Trust me, once you’ve had them you’ll want to make them every chance you can ; )


They’re crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. If that wasn’t enough, they’re filled with fresh mozzarella cheese which oozes into your mouth when you bite into the rice ball. Yes, it’s totally and completely swoon worthy.

If you don’t happen to have any leftover risotto, fear not, you can always whip up a batch especially to make these. You’ll need to make sure the rice is cooled completely before getting started {otherwise you’ll have scrambled eggs when you add the egg to the risotto ; ) }

And because you can never have enough of a good thing ; 0 You can check out my Arancini alla Siciliana which I whipped up for a guest post a while back for the fabulous La Fuji Mama ; )


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Suppli {Fried Rice Balls}
What you’ll need:
Risotto – room temperature
2 eggs – divided
8 ounces fresh mozzarella – cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 cup flour – or enough to dredge
1 cup breadcrumbs – or enough to dredge
vegetable oil – to fry

What to do:
1. Into a deep sided pan {or dutch oven} add approximately 2″ vegetable oil {or enough to fry}. Heat oil to 375 degrees.

2. WHILE oil is heating, into a bowl add 1 beaten egg and risotto. Stir to combine. Set aside.

3. Set up breading station with three shallow dishes. Add flour into 1st dish, place remaining egg into 2nd dish {beat egg} and breadcrumbs into 3rd dish.

4. To make risotto balls: Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of risotto into your hand. Place 1 cube of mozzarella into center and shape into a ball {add more risotto if needed to cover mozzarella}. Continue until desired number of risotto balls are formed.

5. Roll completed balls in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.

6. Place breaded balls into hot oil {do NOT crowd pan, fry in batches if necessary}. Fry for approximately 2 minutes or until golden. Transfer balls to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve while still warm.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    Arancini is in the air, my dear! I don’t know what it is, but I keep encountering arancini (online, on twitter, in real life). I even made some not too long ago. It is SO good, and I just love how yours are oozing with mozzarella, just perfectly!

  2. 2

    Arancini are so fantastic…I love the creaminess in the middle contrasted with the crispy outside! Yum 🙂

  3. 3

    YUM!! Those look amazing. I love Arancini!! I’m coming over. 🙂 🙂

  4. 4

    I’ve always wanted to make these, and your recipe looks super simple. Thanks, Paula!

  5. 5

    “Fried food is some of the best food in the world. Period. Now before anyone gets all excited, I never said it was the healthiest of foods, just that it is some of the best food ; ) Everything in moderation right ; )” – I could not agree more! This dish sounds FABULOUS!! Fried rice balls with cheesey interior… YES PLEASE. Beautiful photos 🙂 -Mary

  6. 6

    I first had arancini at a vineyard in Napa. I fell in love instantly. Yours look fabulous.

  7. 7

    Yes, everything in moderation! I’ve always wanted to try these, they sound just amazing.

  8. 8

    Man those look good!!

  9. 9

    I totally grew up on rice balls my dad made. I love them so much and beg him to make them for us every now and then. Love the photo with the cheese oozing out…oh my.

  10. 10

    I could eat 23 of these for lunch. Mmmm!

  11. 11

    These look wonderful! I am super excited to try. Yum!

  12. 12

    I have never had this but I most definitely want to after reading this and seeing your lovely photos.

  13. 13

    That looks awesome!!!

  14. 14

    Ok, so you know that feeling that you get when your cheeks clinched together because you ate something tart or saw something tasty??? That’s what just happened to me when I realized that there was cheese inside of these fried rice balls! This looks so delicious and sinful at the same time. I am thinking of a thousand different ways to make these. Like prosciutto and cheese or maybe some chives. YUM YUM YUM!

  15. 15

    YUM YUM YUM .. absolutely loving this dish. I know once i start i will not be able to stop! 🙂

  16. 16

    Che coincidenza!!! Mio figlio me li ha richiesti proprio l’ altra sera!
    Io I miei li riempio di mozzarella o provolone, piselli e sugo…a volte anche carne.
    Ho le foto pronte….ma non ho avuto tempo di postare.
    Ho anche fatto una marmellatina di cipolle rosse da contorno.

  17. 17

    dough filled with cheese is never a bad thing 🙂

    they look great!

  18. 18

    I’ve always wanted to try these, I have a hard time finding aborio rice here to make the risotto. I may have to go to every grocery store in the state, but I’ve got to make this!

  19. 19

    I love these, and I love that picture with the filling oozing out!

  20. 20

    Oh dear Lord… it’s 8.30am and all I want to do is eat these! Guess risotto will be on the menu soon… 😀

    Jax x

  21. 21

    You are absolutely right Paula, these look irresistible… love the oozing fresh Mozzarella. Mmm mmm mmm!

  22. 22

    These look fantastic!

  23. 24

    I love suppli! I have always wanted to make them at home and you have now inspired me. Now where are my elastic waist pants?

  24. 25

    Oooo….love these! Our favorite Italian place serves them as a starter (just three per serving) on top of a little puddle of freshly made chunky marinara. To die for.

  25. 26

    Who would want to be on a low carb/low fat diet? These look so evil! Yum.

  26. 27

    I <3 fried food…:) Your Arancini look fantastic. I always say I am going to make them, but never do. Had some wonderful ones in NYC. Need to try yours…soon.

  27. 28

    Looks yummy!I like Italian food!

  28. 29

    This is the version I made a while back:
    I love serving them in these little brown bag cones…

  29. 30

    I saw this yesterday and coincidently had left over risotto. So I made these yesterday afternoon. They were perfection! I’ll post them on my blog later today and give you ALL the credit. GREG

  30. 31

    I haven’t heard of these before. They look wonderful though. Thanks for sharing such a simple but obviously delicious recipe 🙂

  31. 32

    I’m obsessed with these things and have been dying to make them! Thanks for the recipe!

  32. 33

    this is awesome! I like the way you play with the ingredients! fab!

  33. 34
    Sabrina /

    growing up with 2 Sicilian parents, Arancini were a most coveted treat. My mom would stuff them with risotto, meat sauce, peas and cubed hard boiled eggs. They are still a treat and gathering with the family and grandchildren is a yearly event. Just found your blog today, and I am glad I did.

  34. 35

    Beautiful rice balls! I just had lunch, but these photos make me hungry again 😉

  35. 36

    Rice balls are my favourite food! I like this recipe and will definitely try making these later, thanks for sharing this!


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