Baked Arancini

Arancini are a traditional Sicilian street food. They are deep fried and served as a take-away meal. I have made baked arancini. They might not be traditional in the way they are made. But the taste is super authentic.

When I made arancini the first time, Corina mentioned that she had baked hers when she made them. As I moderate my comments, both Kathryn and Mary Frances had not seen Corina’s comment, nor had they seen each others’ asking if these could be baked. I am always up for a challenge, and decided to try and make baked arancini stuffed with cheese as part of a meal. On the Friday afternoon before I made these I went shopping with my friend Nadia. We were browsing the aisles for snack food and when I saw the vegetable crisps I decided to buy them to use for this recipe instead of making them. This was a short cut I was willing to take as I know how long it takes to form the arancini. The nice thing with baking them is that you don’t have to stand over a deep fryer and watch them or indeed fry them in batches. I loved the crunchy exterior and the gooey interior and would make these again for sure.

Baked Arancini Stuffed With Cheese
Baked Arancini Stuffed With Cheese
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Baked Arancini Stuffed With Cheese

Recipe Category: Italian
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


for the risotto

  • 800 mls chicken stock
  • 250 g arboria rice
  • 2 g salt
  • 8 saffron threads
  • 30 g Parmesan cheese, grated

for the arancini

  • 80 g mozzarella cheese (the one you use for pizzas)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 80 g crumbed vegetable crisps


for the risotto

  • Bring the stock to the boil in a sauce pan
  • Add the rice, salt and saffron
  • Bring back to the boil and cook for 15 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and after 1 minute, beat in the Parmesan
  • Set aside to cool completely

for the arancini

  • Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius
  • Wet your hands and using a serving spoon, scoop some rice into your palm
  • Shape into a large ball and then press your thumb into the centre to make a hole
  • Fill the hole with 10g of mozzarella and seal up and shape back into a ball
  • Wet your hands and repeat until you have used up all the rice - I made 8
  • Now beat the egg whites and dip one of the balls into the egg whites
  • Place the rice ball into the crumbed vegetable crisps and coat completely
  • Lightly compact the crisps with your hand and place the arancini into an oven proof dish
  • Bake for 20 minutes

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56 thoughts on “Baked Arancini

  1. Oh, yum, Tandy – I love Arancini and baking them is a great alternative – I don’t like deep-frying much (sure I like deep-fried food, but prefer not to do it myself, besides better if baked), also love the idea of using vegetable crisps as the coating.

  2. The veggie crisp coating is genius. It’s given me an idea for a dish I haven’t made in years 😀

  3. I made arrancini a few months ago for the first time, Tandy, and I was blown over by how delicious they were. It’s a wonderful idea to make them a little lighter. I love those veggie chips!

  4. I love the idea of baking them. I hate deep frying but when I tried baking churros they didn’t turn out nicely. Yours look great though so I will give them a bash 🙂 xx

  5. Hi Tandy, I tried my hand at these a few months ago with disappointing results, will try your version, they look much lighter.

  6. Seems like baking worked incredibly well with these arancini! 🙂 I’m not a huge fan of frying, because of the mess/cleaning up etc, so I love it when things can be baked instead AND they turn out just as good! Love hwo you used vegetable crisps too- they look really crunchy and yummy!

  7. Tandy these look great–at some stage i want to experiment & try them without the eggs. My sons really like it – however i have never tried them

  8. I can’t tell you how delicious this baked arancini looks! I would pop the whole batch in my mouth right now if I could! What gooey cheesy delicious. Tandy, you always provide recipes that I wouldn’t even see anywhere or or be aware of! Thanks you. And veggie chips are wonderful =)

  9. interesting idea to bake the arancini, i’ve only ever made & eaten fried ones! i think i definitely need to give the baking method a go.. probably so much healthier without all the deep fried oil too! thanks for sharing the idea tandy.

  10. Tandy, I’m having trouble leaving comments the last couple of days on your blog – sorry if this one comes up twice! I adore arancini, and especially love that first cheesy photo – how nice that these are baked!

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