5 from 5 votes
Fried Cheese Balls in a bucket with marinara dip
Fried Cheese Balls
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins

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!

Course: Appetizer, Finger Food
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Fried Cheese Balls
Servings: 5
Calories: 138 kcal
Author: Chris
  • 7oz / 200g Cherry Mozzarella Balls
  • 1 cup / 100g Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2-3 cups / 500ml-750ml Vegetable/Canola/Sunflower Oil
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  1. Pat your mozzarella dry with a paper towel.

  2. Set up your stations: 1 bowl of flour, followed by 1 bowl of eggs, followed a bowl of your breadcrumbs.

  3. 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.

  4. Heat up your oil in a suitably sized pot/pan. Test one of your mozzarella balls to see if it rapidly sizzles, then enter the rest in batches of 2 or 3.

  5. Fry for no longer than a couple of minutes or until your see the cheese start to leak.

  6. Drain on a paper towel and seasoning if desired. 

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

a) Cherry Mozzarella Sub - bocconcini is usually more accessible and usually larger, so feel free to sub that. You can also just cut a large ball of mozzarella into smaller chunks (they just obviously won't be as spherical).


b) Italian Breadcrumbs Sub - If you can't get your hands on any Italian Breadcrumbs then simply mix into 1 cup of regular breadcrumbs the following:
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp oregano
salt & pepper to taste
If you don't have the individual herbs, mix in 1 tbsp of Italian Seasoning instead.


c) Pre Freezing - Honestly I don't find a huge difference in popping them in the freezer before you deep fry, but if you are conscious of them bursting then pop them in the freezer for 10/15mins before you fry them. Either way, a very short burst of deep frying is all you'll need and the moment you see cheese begin to seep through, remove them for the oil.


d) Thick Coating - Be sure to double dip the mozzarella balls and ensure that no white is showing before you pop them in the oil.


e) Marinara Dipping Sauce - Check out my homemade Marinara Dipping Sauce!


f) Serving Size - Based on 30 balls, so 6 ball balls per person.

Nutrition Facts
Fried Cheese Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.