Crab Arancini Recipe

Crab arancini

  • makes 15
  • Easy

These are a seafood version of Italian arancini or suppli, which are little risotto balls usually filled with meat, tomato ragu or mozzarella. Make this simple crab version for an indulgent canapé or starter



  • butter 25g
  • arborio rice 100g
  • dry white wine a small glass
  • vegetable stock 200ml
  • white crab meat 100g
  • flavourless oil for frying
  • egg 1, beaten
  • plain flour about 1 tbsp, seasoned
  • dried breadcrumbs a large handful
  • rocket to serve
  • lemon wedges to serve
  • mayonnaise to serve


  • Step 1

    Melt the butter in a pan then add the rice. Add the wine and stir until nearly evaporated. Slowly add and cook out ladlefuls of stock, stirring between each, until the rice is al dente. (you may need a bit less or more stock depending on your rice.) Season, then mix in the crab.

  • Step 2

    Spread on a plate and chill for 20minutes, or put in the freezer for 10 minutes if short on time. Chill until ready to fry.

  • Step 3

    Roll the risotto into small bite-sized balls. Put the egg, flour and breadcrumbs in separate shallow dishes. Coat the risotto balls first in flour, then beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.

  • Step 4

    To cook, fill a deep sauce pan no more than 1/3 full with oil and heat until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Cook about four balls at a time, until golden, then drain on kitchen paper. Keep warm while you cook the rest.

  • Step 5

    Serve with dressed rocket, lemon wedges and some mayo mixed with lemon juice

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 102
  • Fat 6.7g
  • Saturates 1.6g
  • Carbs 7.6g
  • Fibre 0.2g
  • Protein 2.6g
  • Salt 0.38g