Japanese Arancini Fried Rice Balls Recipe

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Regina Flores Modified: April 20, 2022
Japanese Arancini Fried Rice Balls Recipe

How To Make Japanese Arancini

Japanese arancini are inspired by the Italian rice balls dish. This vegetarian recipe has mushrooms, parmesan, and green onions.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes



  • ozshiitake mushroom,dried
  • 5cupscold water
  • ¼cupawase miso paste
  • 2tbspcanola oil,plus more for frying
  • ½largewhite onion,finely diced
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1fresh ginger,peeled and minced
  • ¾cupjapanese short grain rice
  • cupdry sake
  • ¾cupparmesan cheese,freshly grated
  • 2green onions,thinly sliced
  • ¾cupall purpose flour
  • 3largeeggs,beaten
  • cupspanko breadcrumbs


  1. In a large skillet over high heat, combine the shiitake mushrooms and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes until the mushrooms have plumped and become tender.

  2. Remove the pot from the heat and drain the mushrooms with a fine-mesh sieve lined with a couple layers of paper towels (this will catch any dirt that might have been on the mushrooms) set over a medium pot to catch the broth. Let the mushrooms cool slightly.

  3. Whisk the miso paste into the mushroom broth until dissolved. Cover the pot with a lid to keep the broth warm.

  4. Once the mushrooms are cool enough to handle, cut away and discard the stems, then finely dice the mushroom caps. Set aside.

  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the onion and ½ teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is tender.

  6. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until softened, stirring frequently. Stir in the diced mushrooms.

  7. Stir in the rice and toast for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and starting to brown.

  8. Add the sake and cook until fully evaporated, stirring occasionally.

  9. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add 1 cup of the warm mushroom broth, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the stock is fully absorbed.

  10. Continue to add the broth, ½ cup at a time, stirring continuously for 25 to 35 minutes total until the rice is al dente.

  11. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Gently stir in the green onions and season with salt to taste.

  12. Spread the risotto in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let cool slightly, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely cooled. This will take at least 2 hours but up to overnight.

  13. Add the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs to 3 separate shallow dishes.

  14. Scoop heaping tablespoons of the cooled risotto mixture and roll into balls. Working 1 at a time, dredge the rice balls first in the flour, then in the eggs, and finally in the bread crumbs.

  15. Place the breaded rice balls back on the same baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator while heating the oil.

  16. Fill a large pot halfway with canola oil and heat over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F.

  17. Working in batches, fry the rice balls in the hot oil until deep golden brown, turning occasionally. Transfer to a wire rack set over a baking sheet to drain.

  18. Serve immediately.

  19. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 76.49kcal
  • Fat: 3.19g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.05g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.31g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.56g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.49g
  • Fiber: 0.55g
  • Sugar: 0.59g
  • Protein: 3.57g
  • Cholesterol: 25.35mg
  • Sodium: 188.02mg
  • Calcium: 69.40mg
  • Potassium: 47.22mg
  • Iron: 0.48mg
  • Vitamin A: 19.54µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.68mg
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