Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe

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Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe

Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe

The first time I tried Arancini, or Italian rice balls, was at a friends house for dinner one night. I immediately wanted to know how to make them so I started scrolling through Pinterest to find something similar. I came across a recipe Rocco DiSpirito used to make “unfried Rice Balls” or Arancini.

His version might be a little healthier, but my version tasted so good, I think it was worth the few extra calories! I present you with Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe!

I wanted a recipe that would have my guests screaming for more! I like to think that I was able to achieve this because after the family “taste tested” them, they were nearly gone. I also needed a recipe that wouldn’t leave me in the kitchen all-day.

How to make Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe

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The holiday frenzy often leaves everyone rushing home with little time to put together a meal, not to mention a Holiday party, that will please everyone.  Minute® Rice is quick and easy to prepare and is a great pantry staple.

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 I like using Minute® White Rice because you can have great-tasting, fluffy white rice in just 5 minutes. It’s easy to prepare and is the foundation to any wholesome meal.

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You start by mixing the Minute® White Rice, egg, parmesan and italian seasoning together in a bowl by hand.

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Form each Rice Ball by taking a small portion of the mixture, squeezing it firmly and stuffing one cube of mozzarella inside each ball.

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Fry until Golden Brown.

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Hope you enjoy this Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe!

fried italian rice balls

Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe

Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice cooked, cooled
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 eggs
  • Small cubes of fresh mozzarella
  • Italian Seasoning {to taste}
  • Italian-style breadcrumbs, for dipping
  • Cornstarch, for dipping
  • Oil, for frying
  • 1 cup store-bought or homemade marinara sauce


  1. Combine the rice, Parmesan, Italian Seasoning and 1 egg in a medium bowl and use your hands to thoroughly combine the mixture.
  2. Form each Rice Ball by taking a small portion of the mixture, squeezing it firmly and stuffing one cube of mozzarella inside each ball. Repeat this process to form 8 of them.
  3. Whisk together the remaining 2 eggs.
  4. Dust the rice balls with cornstarch and then roll in egg and then in breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep pan and fry the rice balls, a few at a time until golden.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried rice balls from the pan and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. Repeat the frying process with the remaining rice balls.
  8. Serve the Fried Italian Rice Balls warm with a side of warm marinara sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 330mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

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Fried Italian Rice Balls Recipe was last modified: January 21st, 2019 by Bianca

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Hi! I'm Bianca. All that I do and everything that I am blessed with is because of my awesome God! It is very possible to be frugal and live abundantly without being cheap. Our family is on a journey to become debt FREE and I am here to pass on what I learn.
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