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Fried Cheese Balls

These fried cheese balls recipe is a fantastic add on to my recipe chest. It is deliciously crispy on the outside, stringy, cheesy and fluffy on the inside.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Keyword: Cheese balls
Servings: 6
Author: Lola Elise


  • 500 grams 2-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (or a block of it, shred)
  • 50 grams 1/4 cup flour
  • 100 grams of cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 +1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs any bread crumbs will do. But I love panko
  • oil to fry


  • In a medium bowl mix together shredded mozzarella, cream cheese, egg, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, oregano, salt, and flour. Mix everything well together. This part is a little labor intensive :) As you need to make sure that every part of cheese is mixed and covered.
  • Using medium cookie scooper/ice cream scooper scoop out little balls and place them on a large plate. If you do not have a scooper, you can just eyeball. Each ball is about 34grams.
  • Mix 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, paprika into the bread crumbs. Give it a stir and coat each ball with the panko mixture.
  • Heating a small pot with frying oil is ideal. Heat the adequate amount of oil on medium high heat and keep this heat consistent. The oil should easily cover the cheese balls. 
  • Once the oil is hot enough, add the first batch of the cheese balls. Quickly agitate the bottom of the pan so that the balls don’t stick to it. For the first few seconds keep gently moving the balls from side to side. This way until the crust is formed, balls will no stick to each other. Fry these cheese balls until they turn golden brown. This should be enough time for the cheese to melt and mingle with other ingredients. Place ready ones on a paper toweled plate.


Try not to use a big pot for this purpose, as you will just be wasting oil. Frying these cheese balls will happen in batches. I fry about 8 balls in one go. They fry very quickly, so you will not have to wait too long.