Fried Cheese Balls are the perfect party snack. Using mozzarella or bocconcini balls, these easy cheesy balls of joy couldn’t be easier to make!
Deep Fried Cheese
Fried cheese is one of those unnecessary things in life that’s way too good to ignore. Like, cheese by itself is incredible. Does it need to be coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried to be enjoyed? No. But does cheese coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried taste insanely delicious? Absolutely!
What is the best cheese to fry?
For this recipe we are going for mozzarella, specifically cherry mozzarella balls (more on that in just a sec). But there are a variety of different cheeses that deep fry well using the exact same method I’m about to show you. But here’s a few I have personally tried successfully:
- Goats Cheese – Gorgeous flavour, very light and airy and goes nice and creamy when fried.
- Halloumi – Has a high melting point so turns nice and soft, without completely melting. (recipe)
- Cheese Curds – Another popular choice and has that same kind of ‘squeaky’ taste to halloumi.
- Cheddar – A classic and deep fries perfectly!
Fried Mozzarella Balls
Like I mentioned, today we’re going to be deep frying mozzarella. Fried mozzarella is the classic option, it’s got a nice creamy and subtle taste and gives you an awesome cheese pull.
Cherry Mozzarella Balls
These are the perfect size for frying. Not too big not too small. You should be able to find them in most supermarkets/grocery stores, but if you can’t find them then opt for either of these two options:
- Bocconcini – Bocconcini is more widely accessible than cherry mozzarella balls, they’re also larger so feel free to sub!
- Mozzarella – You can alternatively just cut up a regular mozzarella ball into chunks, they just obviously won’t be as spherical.
Making Fried Cheese Balls
These truly couldn’t be easier to make. Even if you’re not confident with deep frying, these are the perfect introduction.
For this recipe I use Italian breadcrumbs, which you’ll find in a lot of mainstream supermarkets/grocery stores (subs in the recipe card). Mozzarella is quite subtle in flavour, so adding so flavoured breadcrumbs helps bring everything to life. You can use regular breadcrumbs if you wish.
Because mozzarella has a low melting point, I coat the balls twice, just to ensure they don’t splurge out in the oil too quickly. A double coating gives a nice crispy coating, whilst allowing the cheese to go gloopy in the centre.
Important to use an oil with a high smoking point (i.e vegetable or sunflower oil). You want the oil nice and hot before the cheese balls are lowered in and something like olive oil just can’t take the heat (will smoke out the kitchen).
Serving Cheese Balls
Once you’ve deep fried them (in batches for just a few mins) allow them to cool for a few mins (or you’ll lose the roof of your mouth). From there I usually serve up with a dip! Here’s some dipping ideas:
If you’re looking for another recipe to use up some cherry mozzarella then check out my Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad!
For similar recipes be sure to give these a ganders too:
Deep Fried Finger Food
- Beer Battered Onion Rings
- Spicy Fried Chicken Tenders
- Crispy Halloumi Fries
- Popcorn Chicken
- Fried Ravioli
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full fried cheese balls recipe shall we?!
How to make Fried Cheese Balls (Full Recipe & Video)
Fried Cheese Balls
- Large Deep Pot or Pan (for deep frying)
- Slotted Spoon
- 3 Medium Bowls
- Paper Towels
- Wire Rack
- Kitchen Thermometer
Ingredients (check list):
- 7oz / 200g Cherry Mozzarella Balls (see notes)
- 3-4cups / 750ml-1litre Vegetable/Canola/Sunflower Oil/Rapeseed Oil
- 1 cup / 100g Italian Breadcrumbs (see notes)
- 2 tbsp Plain Flour, or as needed
- 2 large Eggs, beaten
- splash of Milk
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Pat your mozzarella dry with paper towels.
- Set up your stations: 1 bowl of flour with a pinch of salt and pepper, followed by 1 bowl of eggs with a splash of milk, followed by a bowl of your breadcrumbs with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Dip the mozzarella into the flour, then into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs, back into the egg and finally back into the breadcrumbs again. Repeat for all mozzarella balls.
- Heat up your oil in a suitably sized pot/pan to 180C/356F. Test one of your mozzarella balls to see if it rapidly sizzles, then enter the rest in batches of 2 or 3. Fry for no longer than a couple of minutes or until you see the cheese start to leak. Make sure the oil returns to temp before each batch.
- Rest each batch on a wire rack with paper towels underneath to catch excess oil. Enjoy!
Quick 1 min demo!
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