What To Serve With Arancini Balls?

Looking for some ideas of what to serve with Arancini balls? Then definitely check out this list below!

Arancini ball is so easy to prepare! This food also looks fun so it can be a great choice for a kid’s lunch box or even dinner!

And you know what’s better than Arancini balls? Yes, Arancini balls WITH SIDES!

Not sure what sides to pair with arancini? Below you can find some ideas that you can try at home!

What To Serve With Arancini


Arancini is basically deep-fried rice. And you can pair anything deep-fried with a savory dip sauce!

So, when you want something quick and truly delightful for a family gathering, you can try pairing your arancini balls with a bowl of aioli dip sauce!

How to make aioli sauce:

  1. Mix mayonnaise [1 cup], minced garlic [4 cloves], lemon juice [3 tbsp], salt+pepper [1 tsp] in a bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate
  3. Serve cool

Marinara Sauce

Arancini pairs well with marinara sauce!

Both arancini balls and marinara sauce are easy to make.

How to make marinara sauce:

  • Heat olive oil on a pan
  • Add shredded onion, garlic, and carrot
  • After a few minutes, add whole tomatoes and break them softly
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes

Bolognese Sauce

Besides marinara, bolognese sauce can be a great addition to the arancini balls! Bolognese sauce might take a little bit longer time to cook, but hey, it’s delicious!

How to make bolognese sauce:

  1. Heat olive oil on a skillet
  2. Add onion and garlic
  3. After 5 minutes, add carrot and celery
  4. After another 5 minutes, add ground beef
  5. After 10 minutes or until the beef is no longer pink, add tomatoes, parsley, and basil
  6. Sprinkle some salt and pepper
  7. Let it cook on a low-medium heat for about 30 minutes or until it reduces into desired consistency
  8. For the final touch, add grated cheese


So, arancini balls usually contain high fat and carbohydrate, so why don’t you pair them with something healthy such as vegetable salad?

You can make a quick salad with simple dressing such as olive oil [it’s healthier too!] and serve it with arancini balls.


Arrabbiata is another Italian sauce that uses tomato as its base. It looks similar to marinara sauce, except it has chili pepper so it becomes spicy. The word arrabbiata is similar to arrabbiato which means angry in Italian, by the way.

If you love something spicy instead of mild or sour, consider arrabbiata sauce to accompany your arancini balls! Together they can make a fun combo!

What To Serve With Arancini Balls?

What To Serve With Arancini Balls?


  • aioli

  • marinara sauce

  • bolognese sauce

  • salad

  • arrabbiata sauce


  • Pick your favorite idea
  • Gather the ingredients
  • Prepare the dish
  • Serve it with arancini balls

Can You Serve Arancini Cold?

Umm, you technically can do that but it’s HIGHLY recommended to serve arancini warm since it has melted cheese inside. If you serve it cold, it might not be as delicious as it’s supposed to be.

Can You Freeze Cooked Arancini Balls?

Yes, of course, you can freeze cooked arancini balls. Wrap them in foil and plastic wrap before putting them inside the freezer. Oh, and remember to reheat them properly before serving.

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