What to do with leftover risotto?

September 26, 2009

Risotto balls.

Quite simply, risotto when left overnight will solidify enough to for you to form a ball if you wet your hands enough. This is thanks to the starch that the rice imparts along with some dehydration. And the rest is quite simply rolling the individual balls on some breadcrumbs – do use Panko because they are crispier than traditional breadcrumbs – a bit of salt and pepper.

Since your risotto is tasty to begin with, you don’t really need much seasoning to make risotto balls. Deep fry the breadcrumb dredged risotto balls until golden brown and use marinara sauce as dip. Simple, delicious and quite hedonistic. A cup of left over risotto will make about 6-8 risotto balls depending on how big you make them to be.

Once they are deep fried in golden delicious balls, serve them over a bed of greens. Risotto balls are also very good as appetizer. Too much carbs? Don’t worry about it, walk that extra mile tomorrow. 😉

Risotto balls recipe

Left over risotto, shaped into 1 inch diameter balls
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
enough oil for a deep fry

Marinara sauce for dipping
Your favorite green salad mix, tossed lightly with some basic dressing


1. Mix the panko breadcrumbs with a pinch of salt and some cracked pepper. Roll the risotto balls into the breadcrumbs to dredge.

You don’t need eggwash for this because the breadcrumbs will stick very well to the balls, thanks to the starch.

2. Deep fry the risotto balls until they are a crispy golden brown. Transfer them to rest on paper towels to and season with some salt over risotto balls.

3. Serve with marinara sauce as a dip or over a bed of greens as a salad. Lemon wedges would go very well to squeeze over the top before serving.


For recipes on risotto, check out my Roasted Cauliflower Risotto and Peas and Broccoli Rabe risotto.

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September 26, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

Never waste food. A great yummy side dish.

September 30, 2009 @ 4:26 am

I agree. Great leftover idea.

September 30, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

This is a fantastic idea!! 🙂

October 7, 2009 @ 8:02 am

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The Chef In My Head
October 16, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

I just had these at a friend's house last night. She added Mozarella cheese and Prosciutto to them. She baked them, which I may try to do. I am frying challenged. They turned out just great and everyone loved them. I was thinking of them for my Christmas party (always looking for something to soak up alcohol). You pics look great!!

Elaine@A Series of Kitchen Experiments
October 16, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

The Chef in My Head: Hey Leslie, thanks for dropping by. Yea, baking them instead of deep frying them is definitely an option. It's less fat too! Another thing to feel less guilty about after all the drinks for Xmas. 😉

May 26, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

Hey this is like that Arancini thing I had at Table Seven.

May 27, 2010 @ 5:37 am

Yea it is arancini, except at the time when this was posted, I didn't know it's Italian name and Jamie Oliver only called it risotto balls.

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