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Arancini aka Risotto Balls

Creamy and cheesy risotto balls (also known as arancini) fried to perfection!


In honor of Father’s Day yesterday I am sharing this recipe for John Grayson’s daddy! Remember how much I told you John loves risotto?! It all started when he studied abroad in Italy and then add salmon to it and it’s even better he says. So coming later this week I am sharing his favorite salmon dish.


One of the best things about having a food blog is my readers. A while back someone had found my recipe for risotto on Pinterest. She had mentioned that she wanted to try to cook risotto for the first time after having arancini at Olive Garden. After hearing that I realized I had actually never eaten arancini before. So the next day I proceeded to have lunch at Olive Garden for some “research”.

The great thing about this recipe is it is wonderful for a side dish for dinner maybe with some Zuppa Toscana or serve it as finger foods at a party.


Arancini (Risotto Balls)


  • 3 cups risotto
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Store bought or homemade marinara sauce


  • Set up three dredging stations - 1) flour 2) 3 whisked eggs and 3) breadcrumbs
  • In a large heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat, add 3-4 inches of vegetable oil.
  • Form risotto into balls golf ball size. Roll in flour and shake off, then in eggs and then in breadcrumbs.
  • Once oil reaches 375 degrees, add the risotto balls in batches of 4-5. Fry until golden brown all over and cooked through.
  • Line a baking sheet with paper towel and put a wire rack over it. Use a spider skimmer to remove the arancini and transfer to the wire rack.
  • Repeat with remaining arancini. Serve with marinara sauce.

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Tuesday 19th of August 2014

[…] have sooo many recipes like arancini, pimento cheese, lemon poppy seed muffins, salmon with capers and dill and creamy Parmesan and […]


Thursday 19th of June 2014

Crunchy on the outside creamy on the inside! Love these!


Monday 23rd of June 2014

Me too! Love the combination all it needs with it is a homemade marinara!

Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

Wednesday 18th of June 2014

Yum! These sound so delicious Lauren!!


Wednesday 18th of June 2014

Thank you! They are a go to on Italian nights at our house!

Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

Monday 16th of June 2014

I LOVE rice balls! Sooooo soooo good! Great job Lauren!


Wednesday 18th of June 2014

I mean what could be better than crispy, creamy and cheesy?!

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