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Sicilian Rice Balls

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Sicilian Rice Balls

Arancini di Riso. Risotto Rice Balls stuffed with Mozzarella and Red Sauce.
Difficulty: Medium
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Appetizers, Sides
Method Air Fryer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerator 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16 Balls


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Air Fryer



  • Meat Sauce or Spaghetti Sauce
  • 4 oz Mozzarella - cut into 1/2″ to 3/4″ cubes


  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 oz White Wine
  • 1 box Chicken Stock - 32 oz.
  • Salt - to taste
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups Carnaroli or Arborio Rice - Short Grain White Rice


  • All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Eggs - beaten
  • Italian Breadcrumbs


Rice (Risotto)

  • Add the rice to the heated oil in a large sauté pan, and stir briskly for 1 to 2 two minutes to brown.
  • Quickly add the White Wine while stirring. Lower heat to medium-high and begin slowly adding the chicken stock while stirring continuously until all the stock has been used and the rice is cooked to al dente.
  • Taste; adding salt if necessary. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • When room temp, add an egg to the rice and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight.

Rice Balls

  • Place some Rice in your hand and flatten it into a thick disc about 4” in diameter. (Too thin will allow the filling to leak.)
  • Place a cube of mozzarella and some sauce (no more than a teaspoon) into the center of the disc and close it around the filling, shaping it into a ball about the size of a handball.
  • Roll the ball in flour, then in the beaten egg, and finally the breadcrumbs. Set each aside until all of the rice has been used.
  • Place balls into Air Fryer keeping them from touching.
  • Air Fry for 8 Minutes at 400°F. Serve immediately.
  • If serving later: Fry them only until lightly browned then refrigerate. Before serving, reheat at 350°F for 5 -10 Minutes until the Cheese is melted.
  • Serve plain, or place on a plate with a schmeer of tomato sauce and garnish with basil leaf.


Optionally, you may add Cooked Peas along with Cheese and Sauce to the inside when forming the balls.

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