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Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 15

These classic Italian mozzarella-studded fried rice balls are a tasty way to use up leftover risotto.


  • 2 cups cold leftover risotto
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups fine fresh breadcrumbs
  • 5 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • Kosher salt

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 130
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 60
  • Fat (g): 7
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 25
  • Sodium (mg): 230
  • Carbohydrates (g): 11
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 4


  • Stir together the risotto and egg until thoroughly combined. Put the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Roll a small handful of risotto into a ball about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, gently push a cube of mozzarella into the center, and reshape the ball, covering the cheese completely. Coat in the breadcrumbs and transfer to a plate. Repeat until all of the risotto is used.
  • Pour the vegetable oil into a 3-quart saucepan and heat to 350°F over medium-high heat. Working in batches of 5 or 6, fry the arancini, turning occasionally, until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt and serve.


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