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Baked Quinoa Arancini Recipe -- A healthy appetizer made with protein-rich quinoa and melty cheese. Love dipping them in warm marinara! | @sinfulnutrition

Baked Quinoa Arancini Rice Balls


Units Scale
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs*
  • marinara sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a large cast iron skillet with non-stick spray, or line a baking sheet with foil, and coat with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  3. Add quinoa to a microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 2 minutes, or until hot.
  4. Stir in mozzarella and parmesan until melted. Let cool in fridge.
  5. Once quinoa is cool, stir in egg, basil, and pepper.
  6. Add breadcrumbs to a large plate.
  7. Form quinoa into 6 balls, pressing firmly to hold shape.
  8. Roll in breadcrumbs and add to prepared baking sheet or skillet.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  10. Serve with warm marinara sauce.


* use certified gluten-free breadcrumbs to make recipe gluten-free.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: appetizer