Crispy Spanish Rice Arancini


Dry Goods

VeeTee prepackaged Spicy Spanish Rice1 package (or see instructions for making from scratch)
Italian-style breadcrumbs1 cup
vegetable oil3 tablespoons


egg(s)1 large
queso blanco3 ounces


Crispy Spanish Rice ‘Arancini’ is spicy Spanish rice studded with melty cheese and coasted in crispy breadcrumbs; make this simple appetizer recipe for a party this holiday season- or any time of the year!

  1. In a large bowl, combine the rice, egg, and cheese. Use your hands or a large spoon to mix and combine thoroughly.
  2. In a large stainless steel pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  3. Pour the breadcrumbs onto a plate. Using our hands or a small handheld ice cream scoop, scoop the rice mixture and roll into balls. Toss the balls in the breadcrumbs until coated, then place carefully in the hot oil.
  4. Fry, turning the balls in the oil until they are browned on all sides.
  5. Place cooked balls on a plate lined with paper towel to drain off any excess grease, then serve hot.

If you don’t have prepackaged VeeTee Spicy Spanish Rice on hand: 

1 cup long grain white rice

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 cup chicken broth

Pinch cayenne pepper

  1. Cook the rice and tomato paste together over medium heat, stirring often, until the rice starts to lightly brown and crisp, about 3-5 minutes. 
  2. Add the chicken broth and cover. Turn heat to low. 
  3. Cook, 12-15 minutes until the rice is cooked through and soft, and the chicken broth has cooked away. 
  4. Season with cayenne pepper.

Prep Plan

Prep it for later:
1. If you don’t have prepackaged VeeTee Spicy Spanish Rice, follow the instructions to make your own rice. When cool enough to handle, transfer to a resealable bag or container.
2. Crumble the queso blanco, if needed
Cooked rice with store for up to 4 days in the fridge, and up to 3 months in the freezer.

You’ll need:
1 bag or container of cooked rice, if needed
1 bag or container of crumbled queso, if needed

Prepare from prepped:
1. Thaw ingredients as necessary.
2. Follow the instructions in Steps 1-5. Serve warm.