Arancini, or stuffed rice balls, are a beloved Sicilian street food, renowned for their crispy exterior and savory, molten core. These delectable recipe is often filled with ragù (meat sauce), mozzarella, and peas, then breaded and fried to golden perfection. Arancini make a satisfying snack or a delightful appetizer, embodying the heart and soul of Italian cuisine.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serving: 8 arancini


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled Arborio rice (or leftover risotto)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup cooked ragù (meat sauce with peas)
  • 8 small cubes of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Rice Mixture:
    In a large bowl, mix the cooked rice with Parmesan cheese, one beaten egg, salt, and pepper. Form a solid, cohesive mixture.
  2. Assemble the Arancini:
    Take a small portion of the rice mixture and flatten it in your hand. Place a tablespoon of ragù and a cube of mozzarella in the center. Carefully close the rice around the filling, forming a ball. Ensure the filling is completely enclosed.
  3. Bread the Arancini:
    Dip each rice ball first in flour, then in the remaining beaten egg, and finally roll them in breadcrumbs to coat thoroughly.
  4. Fry the Arancini:
    Heat oil in a deep fryer or a deep skillet to 375°F (190°C). Fry the arancini in batches until they are golden brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Let them rest for a few minutes before serving.


  • Make sure the rice mixture is cool; this helps the arancini hold their shape better when frying.
  • You can vary the fillings with different cheeses, meats, or even vegetarian options like spinach and ricotta.
  • Serve hot with marinara sauce or another dipping sauce of your choice.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

Calories: 320 kcal
Protein: 12g
Carbohydrates: 45g
Fat: 10g

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