Making Crispy Arancini At Home from Mushroom Risotto

So now that you have some "leftover" risotto, the best dish to make is some crispy arancini! Arancini is essentially crispy fried balls of rice with some oozy cheese inside. Not only is it incredibly delicious but it smells great too. It probably is best to make risotto the day before and then turn the risotto into arancini; otherwise it would take a long time to prep and eat dinner. You could also make everything in one go, but you would have to ensure that the risotto is cooled completely (lay it flat on a pan) before using.


  • 2 cups risotto
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup pecorino romano (grated)
  • 1 cup panko crumbs (more for rolling)
  • Cubes of Provolone, mozzarella (or similar) 


  1. Combine the cooled risotto in a bowl along with the pecorino romano and panko.
    mushroom risotto in a bowl
  2. Add the beaten eggs all at once and mix well.
    pouring egg and panko into the mushroom risotto
  3. Once all the ingredients are incorporated, spoon 1 tablespoon balls of the mixture into your hand. Gently flatten out the ball into the palm of one hand and using the index finger of your other press the cheese into the middle of the ball. Using both hands cover up the cheese and roll into a ball.
    making the arancini and stuffing with cheese
  4. Place more panko crumbs into a bowl and roll the risotto ball in the panko crumbs.
    rolling the arancini into the panko
  5. Set the rolled ball onto a lined baking tray. Roll the rest of the risotto mixture.
    arancini all lined up on a tray ready to be fried
  6. To cook the arancini, work in batches (about 3 or 4 at a time) and fry the arancini in the deep fryer for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. If you don't have a deep fryer, fry the arancini in heated oil for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Once cooked, remove the arancini from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Top with more shaved pecorino romano before serving!
    oozy arancini
That's all you need to have some crispy fried arancini at home! Feel free to try using different types of cheeses for various arancini flavours! You can also make a different type of risotto at first and then make them into arancini. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the food! 


  1. Oh yum!! These look super tasty. Do you think it would also work to bake them?

  2. Your arancini look wonderful, nice and crispy on the outside, melted cheesy goodness inside. We do the same with our leftover risotto :-) .

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