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Arancini - Deep Fried Rice Balls Recipe

This recipe combines pork tenderloin, rice and cheese into delicious little deep fried balls that will leave you wanting more!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheese, deep fried food
Servings: 6
Author: Nick @


  • leftover pork tenderloin
  • 2 quarts oil for frying
  • 1/2 slice mozzarella cheese for each rice ball
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 cups breadcrumbs


  • Heat oil in deep fryer or heavy skillet to 375°F.
  • Slice leftover pork tenderloin into 1/2" cubes and wrap each one in mozzarella cheese.
  • Separate your leftover risotto into 2" balls and one by one press them into your palm, place a mozzarella-wrapped pork tenderloin cube into the middle, shape the rice around the pork tenderloin and roll into a ball.
  • Combine milk and eggs in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • Coat each rice ball in flour, dip in egg wash and cover in breadcrumbs. Repeat this process again if necessary.
  • Fry rice balls for 2 minutes or until the breading is golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with marinara or your preferred dipping sauce.