Shrimp Arancini

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnforgettableRice​ #CollectiveBias Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, this Shrimp Arancini would make for a great party appetizer or even dinner, when paired with a salad. Arancini are crunchy risotto balls and they could be either stuffed or not. It is a great way to use leftover risotto and it is just as delicious as your creamy risotto.

Our menu often includes a rice dish of different varieties, and on cold nights, I like to make a creamy risotto. Occasionally, I make extra risotto, so that the next day I can make some crispy arancini for snack time. When it comes to risotto, the key ingredient is the rice and you want the best quality. I always go for RiceSelect® Arborio Rice. Arborio rice is an incredible base for self-expression and will result in an unforgettable meal. RiceSelect is Non-GMO, the best rice and grains out there, letting you focus on playing with flavors, ingredients, and techniques to develop unforgettable dishes.

What is Arancini?

In simple words, arancini are risotto balls, often stuffed with minced meat or veggies or cheese. It’s coated with breadcrumbs and fried to crispy. Served with a dipping sauce, it’s a delicious way to use leftover risotto.

How to prepare the Shrimp Arancini?

The risotto is prepared using RiceSelect Arborio rice, free from artificial ingredients, which you can find quite easily in Walmart.
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  • I prepared the risotto using chicken stock that I infused with a pinch of saffron. Once the risotto is cooked, I let it cool down to room temperature. KEY NOTE: Since I was targeting to make arancini, I kept the risotto a little thick instead of too creamy.
  • Once it was cooled down, I mixed it with egg and little breadcrumbs. This is just to make sure it binds and becomes easy to shape.
  • For stuffing, I used raw shrimp so that as the arancini fries, the shrimp will cook to perfect texture instead of turning rubbery.
  • Finally, I did a usual flour, egg and breadcrumb coating and deep-fried the shrimp arancini until golden brown.

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Shrimp Arancini is

  • Easy to prepare
  • Packed with flavor
  • Fun to shape the risotto balls with kids
  • Quick appetizer or dinner

Although the dish may sound simple, and it surely is, it is sure to wow your family and can make a perfect centerpiece for your holiday parties.

Can you make Shrimp Arancini in advance?

You can make the risotto a day in advance. You can surely even shape and store it in the refrigerator. However, the deep-frying should be just before serving! It tastes best when served warm.

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Shrimp Arancini


  • ¾ cup RiceSelect Arborio rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1-tablespoon butter
  • 1-tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 10 medium size raw shrimps
  • 1-teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Enough oil to deep fry the arancini


Pour the chicken stock in a pan along with the saffron strands and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then, keep it warm as you prepare the risotto.

In a skillet at medium heat, add the butter and oil. Once it melts, add the garlic and stir around for 1 minute.

Scatter the red onion along with the salt and keep stirring around for 2 minutes. Add the arborio rice and stir it around for 2 minutes. Ladle a little bit of the stock and give it a stir. Once the water almost gets absorbed, ladle some more of the stock and keep stirring. Continue adding the stock in intervals as you cook the risotto to al dente. Finally, add the Parmesan cheese and give it a mix. Taste for salt and add any, if needed.

Let the risotto cool down to room temperature before you start making the arancini.

Once the risotto has cooled down completely, crack an egg into it along with ½ cup breadcrumbs and give it a mix.

Prepare the shrimp by removing the head and tail, de-vein it and then roughly chop it in very tiny bite size pieces.

Take ¼ cup of the risotto and flatten it on your palm. Place few of the chopped shrimp pieces and close the edges to form a risotto ball. Shape rest of the risotto the same way. It will make 13 shrimp arancini.

Take three medium size bowls. In one bowl, add the flour. Crack the egg in the second bowl and whisk it with a little water. In the third bowl, add the breadcrumbs and mix it with a pinch of salt.

Place a pan at medium heat and pour enough oil to deep fry the arancini. Drop one risotto ball in the flour bowl, coat it with egg and finally with the breadcrumbs. Drop it very carefully into the hot oil. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes rotating every now and then so you get golden brown color all around.

Serve the shrimp arancini warm with your choice of dipping sauce.

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  • angiesrecipes
    November 21, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    They are so crunchy and delicious!

  • mjskitchen
    November 24, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Did not know that risotto balls were called Arancini. I make them quite often, but just called them risotto balls. 🙂 I love your shrimp arancini. Look very tasty and crispy.

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