Frozen Arancini in Air Fryer

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For a hot and gooey appetizer, air fryer frozen arancini are a great option.

Simple to make and even easier to enjoy, frozen arancini in the air fryer are breaded balls loaded with rice and cheese for a flavor overload!

silver fork piercing piece of cooked rice ball on white plate.
Frozen arancini in the air fryer – served with a bit of chopped parsley!

Recipe Tips

Before you decide to air fry frozen arancini, have a read through these few points so that you know what to expect:

  • Frozen arancini rice balls come in different sizes and since every air fryer is different, you cooking time might vary slightly. It’s important that the outside is crispy and the inside is hot and gooey. Our rice balls were on the larger end, so if yours are quite small, they won’t need as long to cook.
  • You don’t typically need to spray the frozen arancini with extra oil, but you can if you wish.
  • Towards the end of the cooking time, the rice balls might start to ooze their white filling through small cracks in the breading. This is normal and indicates that the filling is (almost) hot enough to consume!

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you’re wondering how long to cook frozen arancini in the air fryer, you can find the answer in this recipe section or in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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Place the frozen arancini in the preheated air fryer.

First, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the air fryer is hot, add in the frozen arancini. There’s usually no need to spray the rice balls with oil, but you can if you wish.

cooked arancini balls in black air fryer tray sitting on counter top.
Air fry the arancini until they are fully cooked through.

Air fry the frozen rice balls at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14-18 minutes or until fully cooked through.

Gently shake the air fryer tray halfway through cooking time or flip/roll the rice balls over with tongs.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on the size of the rice balls and your air fryer.

silver fork cutting arancini rice ball on white plate on wooden board.
These arancini were delicious.

When done (crispy outside, gooey inside), remove the rice balls from the air fryer. Enjoy – but be careful because the inside will be hot!

Storage Tips

Once you have air-fried frozen arancini balls, eat them hot and fresh. Any leftovers can be stored in a sealed container and put in the fridge for 2-3 days.

To reheat, you can toss them back in the air fryer or choose the microwave. However, if you reheat them in the microwave, keep in mind that the breading will get quite soggy.

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silver fork cutting arancini rice ball on white plate on wooden board.

Air Fryer Frozen Arancini (Rice Balls)

Air Fryer Frozen Arancini (Rice Balls) are a cheesy, breaded wonder. So easy to make, these breaded rice balls have a gooey inside and make a great appetizer!
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Cook Time: 16 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 8 frozen arancini

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the air fryer is hot, add in the frozen arancini. There's usually no need to spray the rice balls with oil, but you can if you wish.
  • Air fry the frozen rice balls at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14-18 minutes or until fully cooked through. Gently shake the air fryer tray halfway through cooking time or flip/roll the rice balls over with tongs. The exact cooking time can vary depending on the size of the rice balls and your air fryer.
  • When done (crispy outside, gooey inside), remove the rice balls from the air fryer. Enjoy – but be careful because the inside will be hot!

Notes

  • The filling might break through the crispy breading towards the end of cooking – this happens sometimes and is normal. It's also a sign the inside is heated through/almost ready to be taken out of the air fryer.
  • Our rice balls were on the larger end, so if yours are quite small, they won’t need as long to cook.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 560mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Appetizers
Cuisine Italian

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