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Cauliflower Rice (Arancini) Balls

Arancini, or rice balls, is a classic Italian dish. Make it low calorie, low carb, and packed with protein with this super simple cauliflower version

Cauliflower Rice (Arancini) Balls

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: air fryer rice balls, baked rice balls, cauliflower arancini, Cauliflower Rice Balls, italian rice balls, low carb arancini, low carb rice balls
Servings: 2
Calories: 257kcal


  • 1 Italian chicken sausage link,  casing removed (2 3/4 oz)
  • cups Riced cauliflower,  frozen works great
  • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Homemade marinara,  plus optional more for serving
  • ½ cup Part skim shredded mozzarella
  • 1 Large egg,  beaten
  • ¼ cup Bread crumbs*,  or gluten-free crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. 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.


Serving: 3 balls

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories257
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 11.5g 18%
    • Saturated Fat 5g 25%
  • Cholesterol 95.5mg 32%
  • Sodium 644mg 27%
  • Total Carbohydrate 15.6g 6%
    • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    • Sugars 2.5g
  • Protein 21.5g 43%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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