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Gooey Fried Cheese Balls

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24-28 minutes 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Cuisine: American-Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Ooey, gooey, and oh so delicious. These fried cheese balls are the perfect snack or appy. They can be made with any combo of your fav vegan (or regular) cheese too!



4 cups cheese or vegan cheese (grated)

2 eggs

4 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp chili flakes

1 cup bread crumbs

68 cups vegetable oil


Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside. 

In a large bowl, add cheese, eggs, flour, and spices. Use a hand mixer to combine.

Scoop the mixture and roll into small balls, this should be approximately 2 tbsp worth. 

Roll the cheese balls into the bread crumbs, evenly coating them. Place completed cheese balls onto the baking tray and set in the refrigerator for 30 – 45 minutes until thoroughly chilled.

As the cheese balls are set up, line another baking tray with a paper towel, to soak up excess oil from frying. 

After, pour 6-8 cups of vegetable oil into a deep large pot. You will need about 2-3 inches of oil. Heat the oil to 350-355F with a deep-frying or candy thermometer. If the oil is too cooler, the cheese balls will get soggy; and any hotter, they will be too dark and harden.

Remove the baking tray from the fridge and carefully place 4 – 5 cheese balls into the oil. Cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on a paper towel.

Serve immediately with marinara sauce and basil.


Use your favourite combination of cheeses or vegan cheese! Like classic cheddar, gouda, swiss, gruyere, Monterey jack, applewood smoked, provolone, etc!

To make completely vegan, replace cheese & egg with your favourite substitute. Add an additional 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast along with these substitutions for a more cheesy flavour, and adjust seasonings to taste. 

Replace any spices with your favourite!

Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for 7 – 10 days. Reheat in the oven to serve or enjoy chilled.


  • Serving Size: 28
  • Calories: 78
  • Sugar: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 142.2mg
  • Fat: 4.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.5g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 13.3mg

Keywords: recipe, cheese, easy