Broccoli Cheese Balls: A Delightful Appetizer for Any Occasion

Broccoli Cheese Balls are a delicious and savory appetizer that combines the goodness of fresh broccoli with the rich flavors of three different cheeses. These crispy, golden bites are perfect for parties, game days, or as a tasty snack. Follow this simple recipe to create a crowd-pleasing treat that’s sure to be a hit.


  • 1 1/2 heaping cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/4 cups Panko crumbs, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten (for coating)
  • Vegetable or canola oil (for frying)


  1. Prepare the Broccoli:
    • Heat a pot of water until boiling and sprinkle in some salt.
    • Add the broccoli florets and blanch them for 2-3 minutes until they are bright green and slightly tender.
    • Drain the broccoli and plunge it into ice water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, drain again and finely chop the broccoli.
  2. Make the Cheese Mixture:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, shredded Colby cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and chunks of Velveeta.
    • Add the crushed red pepper flakes and 1 cup of Panko crumbs.
    • Stir in the lightly beaten egg to help bind the mixture together.
  3. Form the Cheese Balls:
    • Use your hands to shape the mixture into small balls, about the size of a golf ball.
    • Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Coat the Cheese Balls:
    • Set up a breading station with three bowls: one with the all-purpose flour, one with the 2 lightly beaten eggs, and one with the remaining Panko crumbs (1 1/4 cups).
    • Roll each cheese ball in the flour, then dip it into the beaten eggs, and finally coat it with Panko crumbs. Ensure each ball is evenly coated.
  5. Fry the Cheese Balls:
    • In a deep skillet or pot, heat vegetable or canola oil to 350°F (175°C).
    • Gently lower the cheese balls into the hot oil in small batches, ensuring the pan isn’t overcrowded.
    • Fry for about 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese balls are golden brown and crispy.
    • Lift the cheese balls out of the oil with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the extra oil.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the Broccoli Cheese Balls hot, with your favorite dipping sauce such as ranch, marinara, or a spicy aioli.


Broccoli Cheese Balls offer a delicious blend of healthy broccoli and rich, melted cheese. With their crunchy outer layer and creamy, cheesy center, these bites are hard to resist. Ideal for any occasion, these cheese balls are guaranteed to be a hit. Enjoy preparing and serving this delightful appetizer with loved ones!