arancini rice balls

Delicious Arancini Rice Balls

Featured in Intermediate

Prep time: 30 Min
Cook: 30 Min

Here is the recipe for the world famous Arancini rice balls, a classic Sicilian dish. Stuffed with soft Fontina cheese and deep-fried, they are a delicious treat, the perfect match for some marinara sauce.


3 eggs, beaten 

2 ounces Fontina cheese, in cubes 

½  cup all-purpose flour 

1 cup dried breadcrumbs 

Vegetable oil

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup arborio rice 

¼  cup onion, minced 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

1 clove garlic 

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

½ teaspoon black pepper, ground 

Marinara sauce


  • 1. Heat broth in a saucepan until it starts to boil. Add rice, onion, butter and garlic. 
  • 2. Cover and cook in low heat until rice is cooked. 
  • 3. Remove from heat and add Parmesan cheese and black pepper. Let it cool for a few minutes and add 3 tablespoons of the beaten eggs. Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • 4. Wet your hands and shape rice into 18-20 balls (about the size of a golf ball) , push a cube of Fontina cheese into the center of each ball and roll to re-shape the ball.
  • 5. Put flour and breadcrumbs on different sheets of waxed paper. Roll each ball in flour and dip into beaten eggs. Roll in breadcrumbs, coating as evenly as possible. Place on a baking sheet. You can freeze the arancini balls at this point.
  • 6. Heat oil in a saucepan and deep-fry balls until golden brown. Try not to overcrowd the saucepan.
  • 7. Drain on paper towels as you remove balls from oil.
  • 8. Place on a serving dish with marinara sauce for dipping and enjoy!
arancini rice balls

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