Golden Delights: Arancini di Riso

Embark on a Sicilian journey with Arancini di Riso, where each golden orb offers a crispy exterior that yields to a luscious, cheesy rice center, infused with an aromatic blend of herbs and rich stock. These deep-fried risotto balls are often cradled in a robust marinara, offering a comforting embrace of flavors.

Golden Delights: Arancini di Riso

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes 
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Size

  • Yields: 8 servings 
  • Serving Size: 2 arancini (approximately 100g each)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 320 kcal 
  • Carbohydrates: 45g 
  • Protein: 8g 
  • Fat: 12g 
  • Sodium: 480mg 
  • Fiber: 2g


  • Arborio rice - 400g
  • Low-moisture mozzarella - 150g, cubed
  • Parmesan cheese - 50g, grated
  • Beef stock - 800ml
  • Eggs - 2, beaten
  • Bread crumbs - 200g
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Arborio rice in beef stock until tender, then let cool.
  2. Form cooled rice into balls, inserting mozzarella cubes into the center.
  3. Dip balls in beaten eggs, then roll in breadcrumbs.
  4. Deep-fry in hot oil until golden brown.
  5. Culinary Tips:Let the cooked rice cool completely to make the balls easier to shape.
  6. Ensure the oil is hot enough so that the arancini don’t absorb excess oil and become greasy.
  7. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.


  • Q: Can I use other types of rice? A: Arborio is best for its stickiness and creaminess.
  • Q: Can I bake them instead of frying? A: Yes, though they won't be as crispy.
  • Q: What's the best way to reheat arancini? A: Oven-reheat at 350°F (175°C) until heated through.


Arancini di Riso is a testament to the ingenuity of Italian cuisine, transforming simple leftovers into a gourmet experience that's both portable and immensely satisfying.