Smoked Salmon and Caper Arancini

These Smoked Salmon Arancini with Capers and Dill are the ultimate treat. Deep fried glorious little balls of risotto surround little bites of Smoked Salmon and Capers to give these Arancini a unique spin on an old favourite. 

Our Family’s Favourite Smoked Salmon Arancini

As the year is coming to a close and Christmas is near I am absolutely thrilled to FINALLY be able to share this recipe with you. Smoked Salmon Arancini is a once a year treat in our house though I’m sure I could make it weekly and still have the family asking for more. I prefer to keep them for the extra special holiday of Christmas.

Golden Smoked Salmon Arancini arranged in a white serving dish.

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Bust Out that Deep Fryer!

These little balls of fried risotto are the ultimate treat but I really (REALLY) hate deep frying. In fact I’m a bit scared of it though I am getting better. I won’t go on ad nauseam about it, suffice to say there was a childhood event involving a grease fire that is in my mind to this day. It took me years to get up the nerve to deep fry anything. On the plus side it keeps the family and I healthier!

How to Bake Risotto in the Oven

The basis for my Smoked Salmon Arancini is a very simple oven baked risotto. Baking the risotto in the oven takes much less effort than the stove top method and I find that it delivers a slightly more ‘gummy’ texture that is conducive to making the risotto into balls later. I always double the recipe.

Smoked Salmon Arancini ingeredients and process photos.

Variations of Arancini

You could choose not to fill your arancini or you could get creative. I’ve made them with a cube of mozzarella hidden inside but the family always insists that I use smoked salmon and capers as the filling. I don’t really think it’s a traditional Italian combination but I’m French, Hungarian, and German so I’ll just make them to please the family.

Smoked Salmon Arancini process shots showing smoked salmon, capers and breading ingredients.

What Ingredients Are in Smoked Salmon Arancini

For the Smoked Salmon Arancini, you will also need some smoked salmon, a jar of capers, eggs, panko crumbs, and frying oil. I used canola oil but also have used grape seed oil in the past.

Smoked Salmon Arancini process shots showing how to stuff and bread the risotto ball.

To test the oil temperature, throw a couple of panko crumbs in. If it looks like they are browning up nicely, the oil is ready.

How to Store Smoked Salmon Arancini

Store the arancini in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for two weeks. They freeze and re-heat really well in the oven. Serve them with a dill aioli or tartare sauce.

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Yield: 24 Arancini

Smoked Salmon and Caper Arancini

Smoked Salmon and Caper Arancini

These Smoked Salmon Arancini with Capers and Dill are the ultimate treat. Deep fried glorious little balls of risotto surround little bites of Smoked Salmon and Capers to give these Arancini a unique spin on an old favourite.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes



  • olive oil
  • 1 fine diced shallot
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp dried dill or fresh


  • 1 package of smoked salmon
  • 1 jar small capers
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box panko crumbs
  • jug of neutral frying oil such as canola



  1. Pre-heat oven to 425° F
  2. In an oven proof pan (that has a tight lid) sauté the shallot until it becomes translucent then add the rice and stir to make sure the grains are coated with oil.
  3. Pour in wine and let it completely evaporate away. You want the cooked-in flavour of the wine, but not the raw flavour of uncooked wine.
  4. Add the stock, salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring the risotto to a boil on the stove top, cover tightly then bake in oven for 20 minutes. Keep in mind you may need more cook time if you are doubling the recipe.
  6. Remove from oven and stir in dill and Parmesan. Let it cool completely (preferably overnight) before you continue on to make the arancini.


  1. Chop up your smoked salmon no larger than 1 cm. You may also need to chop your capers depending on what size you have.
  2. Begin to heat your oil in a large heavy bottomed pot on med-high.
  3. Beat 3 eggs (to start) in a flat bottomed dredging pan and also place the panko crumbs in a dredging pan. I've found the best way to make these is to have everything ready to go before you start frying.
  4. Take a handful of the cooled risotto in your hand. Make a small well in the centre. Place a piece of salmon and a couple of capers in the middle then close up your hand cupping the risotto around the salmon and capers until you have a ball.
  5. Keep working the ball until the risotto looks like it has formed a solid ball completely covering the filling.
  6. Roll the ball in the egg wash, then roll it in the panko crumbs.
  7. Repeat until you have used up all of the risotto and are ready to begin frying.
  8. Test oil by dropping a few panko crumbs in the hot oil. If they are ready they will slowly begin to turn golden brown.
  9. Carefully put six balls in the oil and move them around so they brown evenly. It takes roughly about 8 minutes.
  10. Remove carefully allowing oil to drain from the ball before putting it down on paper towel.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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  1. seancowan1

    I’ll have to try this recipe, I always make arancini out of my left over risotto and trying new stuff is always good. Looks very good.


  2. Mimi

    Oh My God these sound incredible!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      They are. Probably a wise move on my part to have them once a year. They are a bit of work but it’s nice you can do that ahead of the big day.

  3. Bookabye Baby

    I absolutely will have to try these. It looks delicious!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      Yes! and I really love how you can make them ahead of time 🙂

  4. Transplanted Cook

    I love arancini! I’ve had all sorts when we visited Sicily and I make different kinds at home. However, these salmon ones are a new innovation. Will have to try. How can you go wrong with smoked salmon? Have some delicious smoked trout that might also go well with this recipe. Thanks for the idea!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      yes, it sure would. let me know how it goes!
      What kinds have you made?

    2. Transplanted Cook

      The kind I’ve made are the usual types: stuffed with ragú, spinach or mushrooms – and lots with cheeses. That’s why your salmon ones sounded so different and exciting!

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