Today I’m going to share my recipe for low carb Arancini, or Italian fried rice fritters. And to put us in the proper mood, I dug up my Youtube playlist of Dean Martin’s Best Italian Love Songs. So just click here, hit play, and let’s get cooking!
Today’s recipe is truly a triumph of the will.
That might be overstating it a bit, but it’s really quite something. It’s one of the many low carb and Keto recipes that use just cauliflower, cheese, almond flour and eggs to create a low carb Italian feast.
“How?”, you may say.
Well, normal Arancini is basically breaded risotto that is fried in oil. It’s a ricey, cheesy, melty masterpiece. So this low carb version uses a mixture of cauliflower rice, egg yolks and three cheeses for the risotto and a breading of almond flour and parmesan cheese.
And instead of the mess of frying the fritters up, you just need to spritz them with a little olive oil and bake them in the oven.
In almost no time, you will be enjoying one of Italy’s most famous dishes, except with just a fraction of the carbs. Normal Arancini fritters have about 25g net carb, but the little beauties we’re making today have only 4g. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all.
Ok, time for me to say ciao bella. Sing me out, Dean.
Arancini (Italian Fried Rice Fritter) [Low Carb & Keto]
These low carb and Keto Arancini, or Italian Rice Fritters are total cheesy goodness. And each fritter has just 4g net carbs.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 7 fritters 1x
- Category: Entree
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Italian
3 cups cauliflower rice*
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
I teaspoon Italian Seasoning
2 tablespoons (1 oz) cream cheese
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup super fine almond flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
olive oil cooking spray**
Rao’s Marinara or equivalent sugar-free tomato sauce
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F and cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over Medium High heat. Add cauliflower rice to the pan and let it cook for 2 minutes without stirring it.
3. Add in salt, pepper and Italian Seasoning and cook for another 4-5 minutes , stirring once every minute, until the cauliflower begins to soften and brown.
4. Add cream cheese to a large microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted, 30-60 seconds.
5. Mix cauliflower, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses into the cream cheese and stir well to combine. Allow to cool for a couple minutes until you are able to handle it. Then mix in egg yolks and stir well to combine.
6. Mix together breading almond flour, parmesan and paprika in a shallow bowl or plate.
7. Spray a 1/4 cup measuring cup with cooking spray. Pack the cauliflower mixture into the measuring cup and then remove the mixture by tapping the measuring cup against your hand. Roll the mixture into balls with your hands.
8. Roll the balls in breading and place them on the prepared cookie sheet. Spray them liberally with cooking spray.**
9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until nicely browned.
10. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes and then serve with heated marinara sauce.
*It’s easiest to buy riced cauliflower, but you can also make it yourself by either grating a head of cauliflower or processing it in a food processor until it is the consistency of rice.
**You can use regular cooking spray for this, but I like to use a special spray bottle filled with olive oil. I’ll link to the bottle I use after the recipe.
Nutritional info below is for just the fritters. You’ll need to check your marinara sauce labels for that info.
- Serving Size: 1 fritter
- Calories: 155
- Fat: 13
- Carbohydrates: 9
- Fiber: 5
- Protein: 13
Keywords: Low Carb Arancini, Keto Arancini, Low Carb Rice Fritters, Keto Rice Fritters
If you liked this low carb Italian dish, then you might like my recipes for Baked Ziti, Chicken Alfredo or Ham and Cheese Panini.
I’ve included links in this post for the specialty products that I used. The best prices I’ve found are from Thrive Market which is like the Costco of health food. After you pay a $60 membership fee, you’ll be able to order low carb products at a discount of 25-50%. So the links in the recipe ingredients are links to the less expensive Thrive Market products. But I’ve also included Amazon links below to use if you don’t have a Thrive Market membership. Both kinds of links are affiliate links, so I’ll receive a commission if you buy something. Which is, honestly, a pretty sweet deal.5