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Arancini Balls with Cilantro Avocado Dip

Baked arancini rice balls with cilantro avocado dip.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: arancini, rice balls
Servings: 14
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Ilona


Baked Rice Balls

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Avocado Cilantro Dip

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 cup cilantro bunch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup green onion chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


Baked Rice Balls

  • In a medium pot combine rice and water.
  • Cook on medium heat until rice will be cooked, about 20 minutes.
  • Set aside and cool off completely.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl combine rice, cheddar cheese, parmesan, cilantro, salt and egg, mix together. Using your hands make 12-15 balls.
  • Place breadcrumbs on a plate or bowl. Dip each rice ball in breadcrumbs. Place on baking sheet. Optional: Spray each ball with cooking oil.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. You can also broil in the end for 2 - 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the balls.

Cilantro Avocado Dip

  • In the blender combine avocados, avocado oil, cilantro, water, green onion and salt. Blend all ingredients very well.


  • You can make the appetizer more flavorful by cooking arborio rice in vegetable or chicken broth. However, it is not necessary, the dish will still be delicious.
  • You can substitute cheese for other type, for instance Mexican cheese or mozzarella cheese.
  • Add more water to cilantro avocado dip if you'll notice the consistency of the sauce is too thick. Start with adding 1 tablespoon of water, increasing gradually.
  • You can broil appetizer for the last 2 - 3 minutes, just be careful not to burn these.
  • What to serve arancini with? You can serve it with Oven Baked Chicken Thighs or Oven Baked Basa Fillets.


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg