Fried Broccoli Cheese Balls Recipe

Fried Broccoli Cheese Balls make a fantastic appetizer or snack, perfect for parties or a tasty treat. They combine the earthy flavors of broccoli with rich cheese, all wrapped in a crispy breadcrumb coating. Here’s how to make these delicious bites:


  • 1 1/2 heaping cups fresh broccoli florets, steamed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust according to heat preference)
  • 2 1/4 cups Panko crumbs, divided
  • 3 eggs, divided (1 lightly beaten for the mixture, 2 lightly beaten for coating)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable or Canola oil for frying


  1. Prepare the Broccoli:
    • Steam the broccoli florets until they are just tender. Finely chop the steamed broccoli and ensure it’s well drained.
  2. Mix the Cheese Ball Mixture:
    • In a large bowl, combine the finely chopped broccoli, shredded Colby cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and Velveeta chunks. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and 1 lightly beaten egg to help bind the mixture. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Form the Cheese Balls:
    • Scoop about a tablespoon of the broccoli cheese mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue until all the mixture is used. You should get around 20-24 balls depending on the size.
  4. Coat the Cheese Balls:
    • Place the flour, the remaining 2 lightly beaten eggs, and 2 cups of Panko crumbs in three separate shallow dishes.
    • Roll each broccoli cheese ball in flour, shake off the excess, then dip in the beaten eggs, and finally coat thoroughly with Panko crumbs. Set aside on a plate.
  5. Heat the Oil:
    • Heat the oil in a deep fryer or a large, deep skillet to 350°F (175°C). The oil should be deep enough to completely submerge the cheese balls.
  6. Fry the Cheese Balls:
    • Fry the broccoli cheese balls in batches, careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for about 2-3 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.
    • Use a slotted spoon to remove the cheese balls from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve Hot:
    • Serve the fried broccoli cheese balls hot with your choice of dipping sauces like ranch dressing, marinara sauce, or a spicy aioli.


  • Cheese Variations: Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese like mozzarella or pepper jack for different flavors.
  • Making Ahead: These can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator before frying. You can also freeze them before frying and fry them straight from the freezer, adding a couple of extra minutes to the frying time.
  • Baking Option: For a healthier version, bake the broccoli cheese balls at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, turning once halfway through baking.


These fried broccoli cheese balls are a crowd-pleaser with their creamy inside and crunchy exterior. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or just want a fun and tasty snack, these cheese balls are sure to impress. Enjoy the delicious combination of broccoli and melted cheese in every bite!