Cauliflower Rice (Arancini) Balls

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These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!
Cauliflower Rice (Arancini) Balls

I love Italian rice balls, which are traditionally filled with rice, sausage and cheese, rolled into balls, breaded and fried. My lighter versions swaps the rice for cauliflower rice and rather than frying, I made them in my air fryer or oven!

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!

I’ve had this concept in my head for a few months and wasn’t sure if it would work! How would I get the cauliflower to hold together to form a ball? I played around in my kitchen using frozen riced cauliflower, adding Italian sausage and marinara to add flavor to the cauliflower and shredded mozzarella to hold it all together like glue. It worked like a charm! I tested them out in my air fryer and oven, both came out great, although I think the air fryer ones were a little more golden and certainly a lot quicker. Serve them with marinara for a delicious way to enjoy cauliflower rice a whole new way!

How To Make Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini)

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!

Cauliflower Rice Ball Tips and Variations:

  • The trick is to add the mozzarella cheese while the cauliflower is still hot so it all melts together. Then let it cool a few minutes before rolling them up into balls.
  • For perfect balls, take 1/4 cup measuring cup, spray it with cooking spray and fill it. Level it, then use a small spoon to scoop it out into your palm, then roll.
  • If you have problems with it sticking to your hands (I did not) you can add a little oil to your hands.
  • To make them meatless, swap out the sausage for 1/3 cup peas and add more salt or Parmesan cheese for flavor.
  • To make them gluten-free, swap the breadcrumbs for gluten-free crumbs.

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer! These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer! These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer! These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!

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These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!
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Cauliflower Rice Arancini

257 Cals 21.5 Protein 15.6 Carbs 11.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Appetizer
CUISINE: American, Italian
These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!


  • 1 Italian chicken sausage link, casing removed (2 3/4 oz)
  • 2 1/4 cups riced cauliflower, frozen works great
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons homemade marinara, plus optional more for serving
  • 1/2 cup part skim shredded mozzarella
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs*, or gluten-free crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated Pecorino Romano or parmesan*
  • cooking spray


  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking the meat up with spoon as it cooks as small as you can, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the cauliflower, salt and marinara and cook 6 minutes on medium heat, stirring until the cauliflower is tender and heated through.
  • Remove from heat and add the mozzarella cheese to the skillet and stir well to mix. Let it cool 3 to 4 minutes, until it’s easy to handle.
  • Spray a 1/4 cup measuring cup with cooking spray and fill with cauliflower mixture, leveling the top. Use a small spoon to scoop out into your palm and roll into a ball. Set aside on a dish.
  • Repeat with the remaining cauliflower, you should have 6 balls.
  • Place the egg in one bowl and the breadcrumbs in another.
  • Add the parmesan to the crumbs and mix.
  • Dip the ball in the egg, then in the crumbs and transfer to a baking sheet. Spray the top with cooking spray.
  • If baking in the oven, bake 425F 25 minutes, until golden. If making in the air fryer, bake 400F for 9 minutes turning halfway until golden.
  • Serve with marinara sauce, for dipping.



*half of the crumbs get tossed, the n.i. and smart points accounts for that.


Serving: 3balls, Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 15.6g, Protein: 21.5g, Fat: 11.5g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 95.5mg, Sodium: 644mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2.5g
WW Points Plus: 6
Keywords: air fryer rice balls, baked rice balls, cauliflower arancini, Cauliflower Rice Balls, italian rice balls, low carb arancini, low carb rice balls

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  1. Very good. Have wanted to try these for a LONG time. Made as directed. Used a large ice cream scoop 3/4 filled for each ball. Made 6 perfect evenly sized arancini. Held together well. Great texture… surprisingly similar to the real thing. Really enjoyed as a dinner with a side salad. To warm up next day I just popped back into air fryer for a couple minutes. Warmed up great and kept them crisp. Thanks for all the great recipes. 

  2. Made these last night, so good!! I didn’t think the leftovers would be as good for lunch today.. but turns out they were even more flavorful (although not as crispy). Wondering if next time I could put the sausage/cauli/cheese mix in the fridge for a few hours to meld the flavors and then air fry them later. This is the same method I use for meatballs, but not sure if it’d work here….

  3. This was soooooo yummy! Very pleased I made extras, looking forward to having it again for lunch tomorrow 🙂

  4. Made these last night in the air fryer. Very good!! I riced my own cauliflower as I had a head on hand. I think these are fun healthy and easily customizable. For instance, one could change the sausage to ground turkey, which I may do next time.  They were excellent just as the recipe was written, though!  Thank you. I will make these again. 

  5. THIS “RECIPE”!!!! I added green pepper and used plant based sausage….. O…..M…..G!!!!!! They were DELICIOUS!!! Thank you soooo very much for this…!!!

  6. These were amazing! My boyfriend loved them. I doubled the sausage so we would both end up eating a 1 sausage total and it was perfect. Will definitely be making these again!

  7. Oh my, can’t believe it has been this long to make this one. I guess I thought it looked hard to do. I used one 10 ounce bag of frozen riced cauliflower and used Skinny tastes own recipe for turkey Italian sausage–I wasn’t sure how much to use once it was cooked and decided on about 3 ounces of this. Used egg beater eggs and a 2 % blend shredded cheese. They needed some pressure to stay together and a very light hand with rolling in egg and crumbs–but it was worth it. I am going to turn around and make another batch. I was surprised how flavorful they were with no herbs etc added. They were perfectly wonderful. The casserole version looks good too–but I think making in form of balls that it would have more crispy flavor on their side.

  8. Oh. My. Goodness!! These were fun to make and they came out AMAZING! My husband is still talking about them this morning, after I made them last night. I did add a finely diced shallot and a bit extra sauce to the mixture, I used panko instead of breadcrumbs because that is what was in the pantry, and I made smaller balls, to make them more like an appetizer.

    It also seems like this is a great recipe that could be a good “base” for lots of fun modifications. I was thinking about making a not-too-thick casserole and topping it with the breadcrumbs and cheese to make it a bit quicker to make. In any case, I will be making this frequently – thanks, Gina, for yet another healthy hit!

  9. Beside cauliflowers, would you have another veggie to recommend? My boyfriend is allergic to the cauliflower, broccoli family 🙁 Would love to try this recipe!

  10. These were yummy! The only thing I changed was ground turkey instead of sausage. I will def make again. 

  11. So do you think I can can just make two large ones and  serve as dinner ?.

  12. Used 2 MorningStar Farms Breakfast Sausage patties (what I had on hand) & non fat mozzarella. Also used panko. Made smaller balls because that’s just what I wanted for sizing, chilled them after rolling, and they came out amazing! Would make again and think the chilling before egg/panko definitely helped. Did not stick in my air fryer and did not have any binding issues like other comments did. Served with zoodles and made a great vegetarian dinner!

  13. I haven’t been this excited by a recipe in a while, and this one did NOT disappoint. I followed the recipe exactly, but added a few chopped basil leaves to the mix. I will note: the mozz really works to bind the mixture and as the mix cools it sets even more. I let the mix cool about 5-7 min and found the balls formed best with gentle pressure. Make sure you completely cover the balls with egg/breadcrumb so they don’t stick to the basket in your air frier.

  14. I made these last night and wow! These will be a regular in my house.

  15. They were a little wet and didn’t hold together that well.  Flavor was great.  How can I make them stay together better?

  16. These cane together very easily and were delicious.  I substituted 2 bob Evans sausage patties for the chicken sausage and it worked great.  This is a keeper recipe.  Great for appetizers or a meal

  17. I’ve been putting off making these since quarantine started as I thought they would be a pain to make but it turned out to be super easy!! Used peas instead of sausage and baked them, they were SO DELICIOUS! Had no issues forming them into balls as the mixture was still warm and the cheese held it together. 

  18. Great recipe! Light alternative to the regular rice ones. I doubled the recipe and used minced beef since I had that on hand. I also added some peas and used homemade breadcrumbs. It was a bit watery but i did add a little extra sauce because it didn’t look enough (stick to whats in the recipe!). Half came together easily, the other half fell apart a bit but we got it to work. They came out great and tasted great!

  19. These were amazing!  I added some minced onion and red pepper flakes to the cauliflower mixture and served over spiralized zucchini. Yum!!!

  20. Very delicious recipe! My husband went back for seconds! I started with a whole cauliflower and put it into the food processor (divided). This produced about 5 cups of cauliflower rice, so I doubled the recipe. I used an Italian pork sausage. I found that the balls were somewhat juicy when I was rolling them, but that they held together. I can see that refrigerating for 20 mins would be helpful. However, using the 1/4 cup measure, I found that I only ended up with 17 balls instead of 24. So I figured that the serving to be anywhere near 6 points, I should just eat 2 balls.

  21. I made these for dinner last night and they were awesome! I followed the tips of adding cheese when the mixture is still hot and using the measuring cup to create the balls, and they were pretty easy to make.  This recipe will be added to our regular rotation! Thanks Gina! 

  22. This recipe wasn’t a huge success for me unfortunately. The flavors were there but the mixture didn’t stick together as well as it should of.

  23. I was wondering if you know the point value on the purple plan?

    Thank You So Much!!

  24. I was wondering if you know the point value on the purple plan?

    Thank You So Much!!

  25. If you opt to remove the sausage for the peas. What is the new protein value?

  26. What other sausage would be good with this? I dont like Italian seasoning.

  27. I just got an air fryer and, I made these tonight. I used a hot and spicy chicken sausage and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe! 

  28. Enjoy your healthy recipes

  29. I don’t know if this will help anyone but I made these this afternoon and was struggling, also, with keeping them from falling apart. After I rolled them into balls, I stuck them in the fridge for about 20 minutes before I started the egg and breadcrumb step. They were only slightly chilled and really did hold together better…..

  30. Delicious!

  31. These are sooooo good! I might try panko breadcrumbs next time as I was hoping for a little more of a crunch but overall very very tasty.

  32. Absolutely delicious! Followed the recipe exactly, great instructions and so detailed…it was very easy to follow. Will make these again and again. Thank you Skinnytaste for another fabulous recipe. 

  33. Well, these were an epic fail! We love Skinnytaste recipes Nd have had good luck with most dishes. This however was not one of those. The balls would not stay together and it had a weird texture. Oh well, on to the next Skinnytaste recipe.

  34. I’ve made these twice and loved them both times!  Do you think I could prepare the mixture a day ahead and shape the next day?  It would make dinner prep quicker for a weeknight.

  35. Made this twice and loved it both times! It’s the recipe that convinced me I needed to get an air fryer. I had borrowed one to try recipes out. This dish is crunchy, filling, tastes decadent, and isn’t high WW points. It’s also pretty easy to make.

    • Adding that I used the quarter cup to scoop up the mix and formed a ball. Then sat it into the egg mix. Reshaped into ball and then sprinkled bread crumbs on top and sides of ball before rotating and adding more to bottom. Once bread crumbs are on it it retains its shape pretty well. Air fryer keeps the shape. Did this recipe twice and didn’t find it too difficult. The results were well worth the effort.

  36. THANK YOU GINA! This is a really great recipe — I love the real thing with Rice, but this is so comforting, flavor is great (made twice, once with chicken sausage and once with spicy turkey — both great). I must admit I added in a bit more cheese second time, but you don’t need it. I just froze a small batch (uncooked) to see if the cook in air fryer from frozen for a “make ahead” option. Stay tuned.

    FYI, I’ve made probably 80 of your recipes and only didn’t like about 5. That is amazing. Keep em coming — Love your flavor profile. (Are you working on any Fried Green Tomatoes — summer is coming.:-) Jill

  37. These were amazing and I didn’t have any issues with them falling apart at all, will definetly make these again! 

  38. Just tried this recipe for the first time tonight.  It was awesome!  I didn’t make it with the sausage, so I started with a teaspoon of olive oil and sautéed some garlic.  I also added some dried oregano, dried basil and onion powder to mock some of the flavors that would have been in the sausage.  I added some frozen peas and I also used a mozzarella/provolone blend.  I read through all the comments before starting and I noticed a lot of people had trouble with them holding shape. I found it was better to squish them together rather than rolling.  With this method I had no trouble with them holding shape.  This recipe definitely satisfies that savory craving!  Thanks Gina, you rock!!!

  39. These were delicious. Messy to make but turned out great.

    . Is there a typo in the nutrition facts? I’m not sure that these could contain 21 g of protein. 

  40. See text

  41. If i use pea instead of meat would the point be lower? Tks

  42. Never, ever again. They’re in the oven as I type — no matter how they might taste, the preparation (for someone whose cooked 25+ years, not a newbie) is simply not worth my time, resources or patience. 

    The filling, without adding much more S/P and Italian seasoning, was bland and tasteless. Thank goodness I sampled it before rolling it into balls. 

    And that part — ugh! The sausage/cauliflower mixture does not retain its shape. They fall apart in the egg.  Buy these if they come to market. Spend your time on any other of Gina’s recipe. 

  43. These were amazing!!!!

    • One of my favorite recipes so far. They definitely didnt hold their shape the same way a meatball or rice ball would but they also didnt fall apart. Mine just seemed to lose the shape once put in the eggs and bread crumbs. I pushed the sides in and all better. They looked beautiful once airfryed and tasted delicious.

  44.  can these be frozen?

  45. These were great! I even forgot to thaw my sausage so I just ended up not using it. Still great!

  46. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but both times I’ve tried to make these, they completely fall apart while I’m trying to do the egg and bread crumbs. 

  47. Do you have a particular air fryer that you love?  I’ve not heard of this.  Thx.

    • I am actually coming out with one soon!

      • Hi there,
        I’m dying to buy an air fryer but would like to wait for yours to come out. I assume it will be family-friendly? All of the air fryers out there are quite small, and I hate to have to do 2 batches to feed my family of 4. When do you think you’ll be coming out with yours?

      • Mine is coming out March!

  48. Hello I’m using my air fryer for the first time. How did you get it from not sticking to the grill? When I went to turn half way they were stuck & broke on me. Thanks. 

  49. Why is the sodium so high in the main recipe? The sausage? I know cheese has some, but 644 mg is pretty high for one serving. I would make them without the sausage anyway, but just wondering if there’s anything besides the sausage that brings that much sodium. Have to watch mine.

  50. How do you think this would be over butternut squash noodles?  We like the combo of the squash with the sausage.  I was looking for a different way to incorporate the sausage when I stumbled on this recipe…

    • I’m not sure if you are set on butternut squash but I made this many times last fall and was obsessed!!!

  51. OMGOSH, these are go good! Easy and yummy, will absolutely make these many more times!! A new family favorite! Thank you.

  52. Bought my air fryer last night and made these this morning. So good!! I forgot to turn them 1/2 way so they are dark on top, but can’t wait to make again!! 

  53. Can you please show the Points + in the nutritional values?

  54. Do you cook the cauliflower rice first?

  55. These just didn’t work for me…I couldn’t get these to roll into a ball to dip into the egg. Any suggestions on what I was doing wrong? 

    • I struggled to get mine into a ball too.. ended up to squeezing (over the sink) to kinda get some moisture out.  After that, I could easily roll in egg & breadcrumbs. Other than being messy, they turned out great. 

  56. This was a delicious recipe and it was so easy to make. I swapped the riced cauliflower for riced broccoli and it worked well. I will definitely make this again.

  57. CanI do these in the oven?

  58. LOVED these.. the messy construction was worth it and they came out relatively pretty and delicious out of the oven. Went perfect with Rao’s marinara.

  59. I’m thinking about making these for a family vacation where we’ll be staying in a rental. What do you think about freezing these? Freeze before baking? After?

  60. Gina: This recipe is mouth watering. I like to swap sausage with minced turkey and bread crumb with gram flour and almond flour. Is it possible. I guess it will change my calories intake as well. Any idea, what would be my carb and protein ratio if I make in my way? Please

  61. Can I use chopped meat instead?

    • I used ground turkey and it was totally fine. I added Italian seasoning to compensate for the spices in the sausage. 

  62. Can I use ground meat instead of sausage? Does that change the cooking time?

  63. Made these tonight. They taste delicious!

  64. Ten stars.  Easy and delicious!

  65. Brilliant.

  66. Do you think the recipe would work without the meat or maybe add something in it’s place?

    • In the comments above the recipe, she suggested adding green peas. That would probably be a great tasting alternative. ?

  67. when using frozen cauliflower… do you thaw cauliflower before adding to pan????

  68. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!! Loved this recipe — I am going to make it for a party I am going to — Hoping it will travel and reheat well! Anyone have any experience or tips to provide me as I do this??

  69. We loved these! Instead of cooking up sausage, we used Jimmy Dean Turkey sausage crumbles (we are always looking for low point shortcuts since we both work) and they came out great.

  70. Can this be made without an air fryer? I hate to deep fry but I do not want to buy an air fryer either. What do you think?

  71. I just finished making this recipe. It came out delicious in the oven. Another “fantabulous” recipe, Gina!!!!

  72. I just made these. Unfortunately they kept falling apart. I wonder why?? Definitely an epic fail on my part lol

  73. I had a hard time getting the balls to form without crumbling, any tips?

  74. Could ground turkey be used in place of sausage? 

  75. I made these tonight and my picky Italian father approved! Delicious recipe! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes Gina. 

  76. I made these 2 weeks ago. I cooked the mixture ahead and kept it in the fridge, to make getting dinner cooked a little quicker. I worked, but the mixture got a little watery and was harder to roll. I wanted to use it twice, since I was just cooking for one those nights. Next time I won’t make it ahead. That said, they were wonderful! I didn’t use marinara for dipping (just my preference). I just had them with a big salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing. Can’t wait to make them again next week!

  77. I just made these they turned out terrific. Instead of Italian sausage. I used 2 links of apple chicken sausages.

  78. Honestly, I was shocked that we enjoyed these as much as we did! Amazingly yummy! What a fun surprise to like something this healthy!

  79. Prepped them last night, left in the fridge and cooked  them in the airfryer tonight. Served with zoodles. Came out perfect and delicious. 

  80. I made these baked in the oven and they were so good! Didn’t change the recipe at all. Thanks!

  81. This recipe is “amaze-balls”!! We have a local Italian deli that makes rice balls to die for — I think I like these as much, if not more than those. Of course, the deli has convenience on their side, but these are so easy to make, and I get to use the sauce I like best on them.
    My quantities were increased a bit because the package of cauliflower had more than the recipe calls for, so I added a bit more meat and mozzarella.
    It was also the first time I used an air fryer, and it was so quick to make crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, rice balls. Great recipe – a keeper for sure!

  82. made them other day they are great almost taste like the real thing just having a problem with the point value with ww freestyle

  83. These are so good! Wasn’t sure about the cauliflower but I’m sold!

  84. I made these for guests as an appetizer and they were a huge hit! This is the second skinnytaste recipe I have tried and you are batting 2 for 2! Thank you.

  85. These were so good! Followed the recipe and added peas! Will definitely be making again. Your recipes never disappoint.

  86.  I tried making these today and they kept falling apart when trying to roll them and also when dipping them. What did I do wrong? 

  87. These were really yummy but I had trouble getting them to stick together. I almost wonder if they would benefit from having an egg in the cauliflower mixture. I will definitely make again. 

  88. I’m so happy to find this recipe. My mother used to make these and I loved them! Now I found a healthy alternative! I’m definitely going to make these! Thank you!

  89. This was awesome! Swapped breadcrumbs for almond flour.

  90. I made these a little while ago. All I had on hand was a little chorizo. It worked well and they turned out great!  Made in the air fryer.  

  91. Loved these! I was amazed with how crispy they came out in the oven! I did add a few sprays of olive oil on top and added peas into the mixture, so I added a sprinkling of more cheese to keep it together.. So delicious and didn’t miss the rice!

  92. These were delicious- even my kids like them and they don’t typically eat cauliflower rice!

  93. Just made them, unfortunately I could not get them to stay in a ball but they tasted great@

  94. just made these! love them!!!! would like to try to add peas to it next time 🙂 

  95. I’ve just made these and did find the mix very tender and tricky to keep together
    I solved the problem by popping the balls in the fridge for an hour before rolling in egg and breadcrumbs. 
    They set up and weren’t as tender and were much easier to handle! 

  96. Is it 2 cups plus 1/4 cup of cauliflower Rice or 2 1/4 cups of cauliflower Rice 

  97. I made these tonight and the only thing I did different was run the sausage through my chopper after it was cooked. I cooked them in the oven on a baking mat, came out perfect.

  98. Delicious. But does anyone know if these can be frozen… Either baked or prebaked?

  99. Will panko work for substitution of breadcrumbs?

  100. We made this tonight and it was delicious!!!  And it was pretty easy to make too!!  My husband does keto and I am doing Weight Watchers.  We replaced the breadcrumb with crushed pork rinds which I had seen in the comments.  Thanks!!  Worked well and tasted better than plain breadcrumbs.  

  101. I have made these twice in the last week. I had them for lunch yesterday and having leftovers today. They are soooooo delicious. I replaced the sausage with Yves veggie ground which made them vegetarian but just as good!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂

  102. I tried making these with peas and not sausage.  They were still much too wet even though I let the cauliflower and peas thaw and drain.  I think if done thout the meat, maybe needs a lot more cheese which increases fat.  Any other suggestions? 

  103. I made these over the weekend. Big hit!

  104. These were great! Thanks again Gina for the low carb options!
    Mine were falling apart when I dipped them in egg and breadcrumbs, but I made it work. Not sure what I did wrong…they didn’t bind as well as the ones pictured here.
    Thanks for all you do, Gina!

  105. I tried to make this but couldn’t keep the balls together. They kept falling apart when I tried to dip in the egg/bread crumbs

  106. I made these and they are delicious! However, they didn’t bind well at first. I ended up adding an egg white and grated parmesan to the cauli mixture and then holding them in my palm and spooning the egg over them and then doing the same with the bread crumb mixture. I tried the dipping and rolling but without the natural starchy, stickiness of rice they just disintegrated. In the end, I managed the save and thoroughly enjoyed the my dinner!

  107. Made these twice, once for practice, once for perfection. Used some shortcuts: fresh cauliflower microwaved @ veg setting, 20 pulses in the processor to make “rice.” I had pre-made sausage frozen, so I pulsed that into “crumbs.” Heated with 2.25 C caul and 3T marinara in a pan, then added heaping 1/2 C shredded mozza (a little more than original recipe). HINT: instead of “rolling into a ball,” it’s more like SQUEEZING together in cup of hands. Also, wet hands after 2-3 balls and they won’t fall apart. First time they were overdone on the bottom. Next time I lowered to 400 for 30 min and still were dark, even on the top rack. Any suggestions? I baked on sprayed foil.
    These were ABSOLUTELY fantastic, both times. If made smaller for appys, maybe using heaping T, what temp and time would work?
    Thanks, Gina! I appreciate all you do!

  108. Full of flavor and so easy! I’ve made a couple different arancini recipes and this one was the easiest and quickest to make. I don’t know what brands were used for the mozzarella cheese, bread crumbs, or Italian chicken sausage link but when I added up the points for the ingredients/brands I used, they ended up only being ONE FREESTYLE SMART POINT per arancini!!! Also, I used frozen savory herbed cauliflower rice from bird’s eye instead of plain cauliflower rice and it was extra flavorful.

    • hi mary I came up with the same thing for freestyle points 1 point for each ball but the recipe says 6 for 3 balls very confusing

  109. Made these tonight for dinner and they were AMAZING!  You have the best recipes!

  110. These were incredible! Great idea. My Italian husband was over the moon!
    I will definitely make again for company.

  111. Hi Gina!!!  Yours look great!  Try making them tonight it was hard to get them to stay together  when I was rolling them .  any ideas or tips?

  112. I love the cauliflower rice!!! What could be a good substitute for the mozzarella & egg wash to make a dairy free version???

  113. Fabulous! Filling and delicious! Kids and adult approved. 5 Star. 

  114. Just made these tonight and they were amazing! Thank you!

  115. These were delicious!!  Mine fell apart a bit in the rolling and dipping into egg and breadcrumb.  Any suggestions?  Love your recipes!

  116. I made these tonight and they are fantastic!! I used fresh cauliflower rice (cooked about 10 minutes to get tender). I made them in the oven – I flipped them halfway through cooking and actually lowered the temp because my cooking spray was starting to burn. But the turned out great! Even my cauliflower-hating husband loved them! 

  117. Made these in the oven….came out great! (I couldn’t “roll” the mixture without it falling apart but I was able to “shape” them into balls using my hands…worked perfectly.)

  118. Which air fryer do you recommend 

  119. These were great and very much devoured. I made them dairy free and gluten free and they still came out great. Husband thinks some chopped up shrimp instead of meat would be good, I do too. Trying that next week. Thanks!

  120. My wife Stephanie made these tonight, and they are delicious with a nice crunch on the outside (we baked them in the oven, FYI). Awesome recipe!!

  121. I made this recipe tonight and WOW, they were AMAZING!! My husband hates cauliflower but ate 3 and requested the 2 leftovers for lunch tomorrow…I only ate 2 since they were really satisfying. I made exactly as recommended but used fresh cauliflower ‘rice’. Rao’s Marinara is super yummy so I used jarred sauce for convenience. I sprayed the 1/4 C. as recommended then sprayed my palm slightly to help keep the balls cohesive as I noticed keeping them together to dip in egg mixture and breadcrumbs proved quite challenging. Immediately solved the problem. Albeit quick to bring together, patience required for it is so worth it at the end. Will definitely make again! 

  122. Another winner, Gina!  I used fresh cauliflower and had to sub some very lean Italian pork sausage and panko for the crumbs. I think it’s really important to break up the sausage  so it’s well distributed in the Arancini. I added an extra Tablespoon of sauce to help it stick together. No problems making the balls following Gina’s instructions. The crispy coating on the finished Arancini was the best part. You’d never know they were baked. 

  123. I had serious doubts that these would form into balls, but I was wrong and happy it worked! I subbed some hamburger and peas (for sausage) because those are our favorite flavors for arancini. I have made your rice arancini casserole twice and it’s always a huge hit. I am thrilled to use the cauliflower rice. Thanks so much for the recipe and I look forward to making them again (so easy too!)

  124. I have to tell you how absolutely amazing these are! I was skeptical that they would taste anything like Arancini balls, but they were delicious! I followed the recipe to a T and they came out perfect. Will definitely be making these again and again. Thank you for creating this recipe.

  125. Hi Gina, I have a TFal Actifry, can I cook this in that? Or do I need a different type of air fryer? 

  126. I made these last night and for some reason they were super crumbly, I couldn’t roll them into balls. So they ended up being blobs on the pan and i just sprinkled the breadcrumbs on top. They were still tasty! I’m going to try again and see if I can get them to roll better.

  127. Hi Gina – Any thoughts on how to turn this into your arancini casserole? We LOVE it in my house, but would love it even more if lightened up like this!

  128. These were amazing.  I suggest to roll them all while warm.  My first few rolled and stuck great but the cooler the mixture gets the less sticky. 

  129. What temp and time in the air fryer please!?!?! Cannot wait to make these!

  130. This may be a silly question, but do you cook the frozen cauliflower rice before adding it to the sausage or do you add it in still frozen?

  131. I made them tonight. So easy to put together. I made the “rice” balls in afternoon and put them in oven later for dinner. They were wonderfully crispy on outside and soft and flavorful on inside. The recipe made eight for me. I did add diced onion to pan as I cooked the sausage. I really enjoy your recipes and share them constantly. Thank you for putting together recipes that taste amazing and are healthy!!

  132. do you think you can make the casserole using cauliflower or maybe half cauliflower and half rice?

  133. These look great, Gina, & I look forward to trying them.
    Question : If I use fresh cauliflower rice, do I cook it first?
    Thanks! – Linda

  134. Have you tried freezing these? And if so, before or after frying in air fryer?

  135. I have been dying to make these and trying to decide if I want to get an air fryer. I just might be convinced!
    Could you substitute extra lean ground beef for the sausage?

  136. I keep kosher and I will not be using the meat. You suggested peas instead. What do the peas do? May I substitute something else? Thank you.

  137. I would eat the entire batch of 6 by myself, no sharing!

  138. Brilliant idea! Thank You!  Will make them soon!

  139. Making these tonight. My family always used leftover chopped up meatballs , a bit of sauce with peas added. for the filling. I have had them made with just a cube of mozzarella as a filling in the outdoor stands in Calabria. The oil was so hot ,they did not even have to coat them.They called them telaphonaria or suppli.
    Most were the size of oranges.

  140. I am trying it out tonight. it looks very yummie

  141. Awesome idea! You’re food pictures are amazing too 🙂

  142. Hi there

    I am from south Africa we have jungle oats, not.sure if u have can u use that instead of bread crumbs


  143. This recipe alone might make me buy an air fryer. OMG.

    • I know, me too! I’m waiting for someone to tell us what size she has, if it’s the 3qt or 6qt. I got my IntantPot during black friday because of Gina, and now I’m regretting not getting the air fryer too!

  144. Do you think if you use frozen cauli rice that is heated up (ie cooked) it will work?

  145. hm – I had dinner all planned until I saw this. I gotta try it – it looks so good!

  146. These look amazing! I just made regular arancini for my family’s Christmas celebration, but have to be disciplined because of the carbs for health reasons. Now I can enjoy them whenever I want. THANKS SO MUCH!

  147. How many does this recipe make? Love your recipes and books ☺

  148. Love your recipes! Any plans for another cookbook??

  149. After seeing your story on IG, I wanted to make these! I made them tonight and they were great! I had trouble rolling a couple of them because they kept falling apart but I did get them after trying again. I had 2 perfect ones. The cauliflower mixture tasted great but I loved it when they were finished with marinara  sauce and a little extra Parmesan! Wow so delicious! Good job Gina! 

      • Gina, 
        Myself and 3 girlfriends are visiting NYC March 3-7.  I  am a huge fan of yours.  Do you have any speaking engagements in the area during that time?  
        I have an entire recipe book of your recipes plus of course, your cookbook.  Some of the recipes date back to 2011. They have some spills on them, which to me is a great sign of a loved recipe!
        I stumbled onto your blog searching for aspagas soup and have been a fan ever since.
        Thank you for all the great recipes.


      • Thank you! I don’t, I will actually be finishing up my manuscript for my next book. I love that your book is full of spills and that you are using it!

  150. I am wondering if any of you have tried a different cheese other than mozzarella? If so, what was the result?

  151. Could you make this without cheese? I am dairy free, but I don’t know how to make them still stick together… any ideas Gina?

  152. So exited to try this recipe. Do you have any suggestions to make them dairy free? Would flax/chia work as a binder? Thank you!! 

  153. Gina, were you able to fit all 6 balls in the fryer at once? I have the same one and just trying to plan ahead.

  154. Could you somehow make this gluten free?

  155. This looks great! Think I could use gluten free panko instead of bread crumbs?

  156. Hi Gina, what is the points plus value? The number is missing from the recipe. Thank you!

  157. Costco carries cauliflower rice, but it is not frozen. Can this be used instead of frozen?

  158. Would panko breadcrumbs work?

  159. Could you make these ahead and reheat?

  160. How many are in a serving?

  161. These look fantastic and I cannot wait to try them at home! Did you serve with just a tomato/basil sauce?

  162. These look amazing and I can’t t to try them!! For some reason chicken sausage is hard to find in my area….is there a brand that you prefer to use?

  163. Have you found gluten free breadcrumbs that you can recommend?

  164. Can you provide nutrition info if I omit the meat? Thanks!

  165. These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them! Which air fryer did you use??

  166. Arancini is my FAVORITE app, so I love this idea! I’m definitely going to try these soon. Thanks!

  167. I wonder if you could sub crushed pork rinds for the bread crumbs to lower the carb count?

    • I tried coating my chicken cutlet in more grated cheese and less panko last night to cut the carbs, and it turned out great. I’ll be trying the same thing when I make these. Thanks for another great recipe, Gina!!

  168. I love that you are including more air fryer recipes! I was ready to throw my air fryer out because I wasn’t using it, but now you’ve made me realize how useful it is! What kind of air fryer do you use? The basket or rack pictured looks much better than the one I have.