fried cheese bites

Here’s a simple recipe for easy fried cheese bites that are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside:


  • 8 oz block of cheese (such as cheddar, mozzarella, or pepper jack)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (panko or regular)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Marinara sauce or ranch dressing, for dipping (optional)


  1. Cut the cheese: Cut the block of cheese into bite-sized cubes, about 1 inch in size. You can adjust the size depending on your preference.
  2. Prepare the breading station: Set up three shallow dishes. Place the flour in the first dish, beaten eggs in the second dish, and breadcrumbs in the third dish. If desired, mix the garlic powder and paprika into the breadcrumbs for extra flavor.
  3. Bread the cheese bites: Take a cheese cube and coat it evenly in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the flour-coated cheese cube into the beaten eggs, ensuring it’s completely coated. Finally, roll the cheese cube in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere. Repeat this process with the remaining cheese cubes.
  4. Chill the cheese bites (optional): For best results, place the breaded cheese bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes. This helps the breading adhere better and prevents the cheese from melting too quickly during frying.
  5. Heat the oil: In a deep skillet or frying pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it reaches about 350°F (180°C). You can test the temperature by dropping a small piece of breadcrumb into the oil – if it sizzles and bubbles, the oil is ready.
  6. Fry the cheese bites: Carefully add the breaded cheese bites to the hot oil in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the fried cheese bites to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  7. Serve hot: Serve the fried cheese bites immediately while they’re still hot and crispy. You can enjoy them on their own or with marinara sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.

Enjoy your homemade fried cheese bites as a tasty snack or appetizer!

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