How to make Arancini (risotto rice balls)

So here it is, just like I said, I am going to show you how to make Arancini. Or at least how I make Arancini. The perfect thing to make when you have leftover risotto. Along with a spicy tomato and red pepper dipping sauce, which I made optional in the recipe but I highly recommend it. The dish I posted before this one was duck breast on risotto. Which had quite a fancy restaurant vibe to it. So I wanted to change things up and make these Arancini more street food inspired. A style of food that has been growing on me for quite some time now. Simple food with no fussing about that tastes amazing. 

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Any risotto will work for making Arancini. However, if you want a good recipe, you can check out the herby risotto I made for the previous post. So click the link and check it out. And don’t worry about cooking the duck in the recipe as it won’t be necessary:

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Most recipes will tell you to put a bit of mozzarella cheese in the middle because it is a more traditional way to make Arancini. So you can do that if you wish and it’ll be great, but I used goat cheese instead, my favourite cheese of all time. And I promise you, it works so well and makes the risotto so dang tasty. And because it gives quite a rich, creamy vibe to the rice. The spicy tomato and red pepper sauce makes for a good balance. 

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How to make Arancini (herby rice risotto balls)
Yields 10
In this recipe i'll be showing you how to make Arancini balls with a tomato and red pepper dipping sauce that makes for an awesome combination.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
55 min
Spicy tomato and red pepper dipping sauce (optional)
  1. 1 tin (400g) of plum tomatoes
  2. 200g of jarred/tinned roasted red peppers
  3. 1 red chili roughly chopped
  4. 2 teaspoons of tomato paste
  5. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  6. 2 garlic cloves peeled and roughly chopped
  7. Salt and pepper for seasoning
  8. A bunch of fresh basil leaves shredded
  1. 600g of leftover cold risotto (Click the link at the top of the post for the recipe)
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 25g of goats cheese
  4. 150g flour mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper
  5. 150g breadcrumbs mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper
  6. Plenty of vegetable oil for deep frying
  7. Salt and pepper for seasoning
Dipping sauce (optional)
  1. Put the tinned tomatoes, red peppers, red chili, tomato paste, olive oil, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper in a blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth then transfer to a pot.
  2. Alternatively, if you don't have a blender, you could just put all the ingredients in the pot and use a hand blender instead.
  3. Bring to the boil on high heat on the stove. Once the sauce is boiling, turn the heat down low and gently simmer the sauce for 25-30 minutes stirring occasionally until it the sauce has thickened. I recommend half covering the pot with a lid because the sauce can splatter a fair bit while simmering. Turn the heat off, stir your basil leaves through the sauce then set aside.
  1. Put the risotto in a bowl.
  2. Get one of your eggs, then separate the yolk from the white. Add the yolk to the risotto mixture and the white in a separate bowl. Mix the yolk through the risotto.
  3. Get a bowl of water, then lightly wet your hands.
  4. Get a golf ball sized piece of risotto rice in your hand, then push a small dent in it with your finger. Fill it with a small bit of the goats cheese, then mould the risotto rice around the cheese into a ball.
  5. Do the same with the rest of the risotto and set aside.
  6. Crack the other 2 eggs in the bowl with the egg white, add a pinch of salt and pepper then whisk well with a fork. Put your seasoned flour on one plate, and your seasoned breadcrumbs on another plate.
  7. Roll some of your rice balls on plate with the flour making sure they are all coated. Shake off the excess flour then dip them in the bowl with the egg. Finally, transfer to the bowl with the breadcrumbs and coat well. Once all of your rice balls are coated, put them on a plate, then put in the fridge to firm up.
  8. Put enough oil in a pot to deep fry, then get it on the stove on high flame. Pre-heat for about 8-10 minutes. You can test to see if the oil is hot enough by adding a peice of bread, if it is floating and bubbling you are ready to start frying the Arancini. Get some kitchen paper ready. From there just turn the heat down to about medium flame.
  9. Carefully submerge the rice balls in the oil about 4-5 at a time, making sure you don't overcrowd the pot. Fry them for about 2-3 minutes until they go golden brown.
  10. Transfer your rice balls on the kitchen paper to drain.
  11. Let them cool for a bit, re-heat the dipping sauce then they are ready to eat. Enjoy!
  1. Start frying the Arancini just before you are ready to serve so you can eat them fresh.
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12 thoughts on “How to make Arancini (risotto rice balls)”

  • I enjoy eating arancini though making it is a bit fussy ... a 2 day process where I have to make sure I don't eat all the risotto the first day. :)
  • Funny that I wander over here when I'm about to heat up leftover risotto for dinner tonight! I don't have time to make these tonight - but I'll be doing this with the leftovers in the future! Wow! (And bet they'd be lovely using butternut squash risotto - maybe with a browned butter and sage dipping sauce?)
  • The browned butter sounds like a lovely thing to go with the squash. Thanks so much for your comment (:
  • These are beautiful Nick!! I've only tasted them at restaurants-- but hadn't thought to try to make them myself!! Your photos are so brigth and vivid-- just beautiful.
  • Thanks Rhonda! Yes definately give them a shot if you ever have any leftover risotto (:
  • This is the first time, I have learned about Arancini. Which country did this beautiful dish originate from? Your pics look delectable. I have printed his recipe and I am contemplating to serve it as part of a light lunch for my guests this weekend. Thanks.
  • Hi! Arancini originates from Italy. Really hope you enjoy it if you do make it! Just make sure you prepare plenty of risotto. Thanks so much for your comment. (:
  • Nick! You added a nice 'street food' spin on one of my favorite foods--not one that I've ever made, but one that I look for on every menu that might offer it. Well done!

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