Sicilian Rice Balls A Taste of the Mediterrane
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Sicilian Rice Balls – A Taste of the Mediterranean

Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls) Recipe

Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls): A Delicious Dish from Southern Italy

Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls) is a popular dish originated in Southern Italy. These delicious rice balls are made by forming cooked risotto rice into balls and then deep-frying them to golden perfection. They are crispy on the outside and filled with a flavorful combination of ingredients on the inside. With this easy-to-follow recipe, you can create your own authentic Arancini at home.


  • 500g (2 1/2 cups) Arborio rice
  • 1 liter (4 cups) vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 100g (1/2 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 100g (1/2 cup) mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 100g (1/2 cup) cooked ham, diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 100g (1 cup) breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the vegetable or chicken broth to a boil. Add the Arborio rice and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
  2. In a separate pan, sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic until they become translucent.
  3. Add the sautéed onion and garlic to the cooked rice. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese, diced mozzarella cheese, and cooked ham. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Let the rice mixture cool slightly, then shape it into small balls, approximately the size of a golf ball.
  5. Dip each rice ball into the beaten eggs, then roll it in the breadcrumbs to coat evenly.
  6. In a deep frying pan, heat vegetable oil to 180°C (350°F).
  7. Carefully place the coated rice balls into the hot oil and fry them until they turn golden brown on all sides. Remove from the oil and let them drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  8. Serve the Arancini hot and enjoy!


  • Arancini can be served as a snack, appetizer, or even as a main dish with a side salad.
  • You can get creative with the fillings and add other ingredients such as peas, mushrooms, or even ragu sauce.
  • For a healthier option, you can bake the Arancini in the oven instead of deep-frying them. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden.

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