You are strolling along the beach, the sun is shining on your face and you’re nibbling at some crispy rice croquettes: what could be better than that? Oven-baked rice croquettes are a typical Sicilian recipe that can be enjoyed anywhere, at the sea or down town. Depending on the ingredients used, they can even be a complete meal, ideal for a summer lunch box. If you don’t live near the sea, look for a park (or your favourite place down town) to enjoy your rice croquettes.

The origin of Sicilian rice croquettes and some interesting facts

Like all rice-based food this street food comes from Arabia. These Sicilian specialities, called “arancini di riso” have been officially added to the list of Italian PAT (Traditional Agricultural and Food Products) by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Their name refers to their colour and shape; in fact they look a bit like oranges. There is also an interesting dispute on the right name for this speciality: in western Sicily they call it “arancina“ while in the eastern part of the island they call it “arancino”. There are lots of variations on the recipe of these rice croquettes. They are often filled with Bolognese sauce, peas and caciocavallo cheese or with cubes of cooked ham and melted mozzarella but there are endless variations on the theme. Traditionally, they are fried but we would like to suggest a lighter version of this recipe. Ours are oven-baked (in a Palazzetti oven of course!). arancini - ricetta al forno

Oven-baked rice croquettes: the recipe


  • Cold rice (Use your favourite risotto: the best ones for this recipe are aubergine, pea, vegetable or sausage risotto)
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Breadcrumbs


  1. Thoroughly mix some cold risotto with the eggs.
  2. Add some grated Parmesan cheese.
  3. Mix the ingredients and shape into individual portions consisting of 8-10 cm diameter balls.
  4. Roll these balls in breadcrumbs so that the entire surface is covered and place them on a baking tray (an earthenware pan will yield even better results).
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crisp and golden.

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Malika si occupa di social e content per Cricket Adv. Ha collaborato con il MuDeFri (Museo del Design del Friuli) e nel tempo libero è volontaria del FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano). Le piacciono le mostre d'arte, il mare in tutte le stagioni e i biscotti al cioccolato!