Fried Goat Cheese Balls

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These delicious Fried Goat Cheese Balls are an ooey, gooey, melt in your mouth appetizer that’s surprisingly easy to make. With just a few ingredients, they make the perfect party bite or holiday appetizer!

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Fried goat cheese being dipped in marinara

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Fried Goat Cheese Balls

I’m all about the appetizers! In fact, they may just be my favorite food group. I’ve made everything from sausage stuffed mushrooms to jalapeno poppers with cream cheese and bacon. But, if you’re looking for an easy appetizer that wows a crowd, you’ve definitely come to the right place!

While I’ve always been a fan of creamy goat cheese, these crispy fried goat cheese balls are just over the top amazing! Not only are they easy to make but they are the perfect party appetizer when you want to serve something just a little extra special.

Creamy goat cheese slices are formed into perfect bite-sized balls, coated in panko breadcrumbs and fried until they’re gloriously golden brown. Is your mouth watering yet? Oh, it should be! You’ve got to give these a try! 

Goat cheese balls on plate with sauce

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Quick and easy recipe to make using pantry staples.
  • Super fun finger food that’s great at parties, tailgating, or just for snacking.
  • Great make ahead recipe. Coat the cheese and freeze until ready to fry.

Readers agree it’s a must-try recipe:

“I’m definitely going to have to try this! Goat cheese is so good, I can only imagine how delicious it would be FRIED. Brilliant!”- Cristina

  • Cast iron skillet (or other small frying pan)
  • Sheet pan
  • Small bowls
  • Slotted spoon

Ingredients

Goat cheese with fresh herbs on  white wooden table
  • Goat cheese
  • Panko crumbs
  • All purpose flour
  • Egg-beaten
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Marinara sauce or honey for dipping

How to Make Fried Goat Cheese

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 1. Use a sharp knife to cut a 6 ounce log of goat cheese into 12 pieces.

TIP: To get clean slices from the goat cheese log, you may want to pop it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up. Slice it using a non-serrated knife, wiped clean after each slice. Or you can use a thin stainless-steel wire like they do in the fancy cheese shops (unflavored dental floss will work too 😉). 

Step 2. Use the palms of your hands to roll the goat cheese into a ball. Place on the baking sheet and freeze for about 10 minutes (this will keep them firm while you coat them).

Goat cheese balls on wax paper

Step 3. Place flour into a shallow bowl and beaten egg into a second bowl. These will be for your egg wash. Then fill a separate bowl with panko bread crumbs. You should have three small separate bowls at your breading station.

Egg, flour and panko crumbs in glass bowls

Step 4. Coat the balls in flour, dip into the egg, then roll in Panko breadcrumbs until covered.

Goat cheese balls rolled in panko crumbs

Step 5. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat (or use your deep fryer). I prefer to use a little olive oil, but you can also use vegetable oil or canola oil. Place the goat cheese balls into the hot oil, 3-4 balls at a time.

Tip: To get evenly fried goat cheese, don’t over crowd the pan. Cooking them in small batches is more manageable and allows room for you to flip them over.

Step 6. Be sure to turn them frequently so that they are evenly cooked on all sides. Once they’re fried to a golden brown on all sides, remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

Step 7. Place your hot crispy goat cheese balls on a serving platter, garnish with a little kosher salt or flaky sea salt, fresh herbs or parsley and serve hot.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a couple of days.

Fried goat cheese balls from above

Variations of Fried Goat Cheese

  • Goat cheese: Have fun and experiment with the different flavors of goat cheese you find at the grocery store. Herb garlic is one of my favorites.
  • Sauce: Marinara is a classic sauce served with fried goat cheese and used to be my favorite. But drizzle with honey and you’ll give this appetizer a completely different taste. The sweetness really brings out the flavor of the goat cheese!  You could even make a dipping station and experiment with other sauces…maybe a little balsamic vinegar?
  • Breadcrumbs: Panko gives these little goat cheese poppers a slightly crunchy coating, but you can also make this recipe Italian breadcrumbs or even use regular breadcrumbs. Sometimes I’ll even add a spoonful or two of parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs for a little extra flavor.
  • Add seasonings: Add additional flavor to the fried cheese by mixing a pinch of garlic powder or onion powder into the flour. Try a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little kick of heat.
  • Air fryer: If you’ve wondered if you can air fry fried goat cheese, the answer is absolutely! Personally, I love the flavor the olive oil gives the crust. But if you don’t want to fry them, just preheat your air fryer to 390F and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown.
Fried goat cheese on fork dipped in sauce

Serving Suggestions:

While they’re perfect just as they are with a nice glass of red wine, these fried goat cheese balls are fantastic served in a simple salad with peppery arugula and fresh fruits like sliced apples or pears.

They’re also a delicious way to take your cheese board or charcuterie board to a whole other level!

Fried goat cheese drizzled with honey

Can You Reheat Fried Goat Cheese?

Once the coating has cooled, the crust will lose some of its crispiness. When you reheat them, they won’t have the same texture, but all the yummy flavors will be there.

You can reheat them on a sheet pan in the oven, pop them in the microwave on medium heat or place them in an air fryer.

Goat cheese with bite taken out of it

Can You Freeze Goat Cheese Balls to Fry Later?

Yes, instead of freezing them for 10 minutes, store them in a freezer bag and save them until you’re ready to make the recipe.

Goat cheese on plate with sauce
Can You Eat Fried Goat Cheese While Pregnant?

The answer is…it depends! According to an article on Healthline.com, most goat cheeses are fine but there are a few to avoid. Of course, the best bet is always to ask your doctor.

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Fried goat cheese dipped in marinara
4.88 from 77 votes

Fried Goat Cheese Balls


Course Appetizers/Party Foods
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
This Fried Goat Cheese, with a soft, gooey center and a crispy outside, makes for a mouthwatering appetizer that goat cheese lovers won't be able to get enough of!

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Slice goat cheese into 12 pieces
    6 oz. Goat Cheese
  • Use the palms of your hands to roll cheese into balls. Place on wax paper and put in freezer for approx. 5 minutes. This will make it stay firm for the next steps.
  • Mix Panko crumbs, salt and pepper in a bowl.
    1/2 cup Panko crumbs, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper
  • Dredge goat cheese balls in flour, dip in egg then roll in Panko crumbs
    1/4 cup flour, 1 egg
  • Heat oil on medium high and gently drop in the goat cheese
    1/2 cup olive oil
  • Turn as they cook so they’ll cook evenly. Remove from oil when they are a golden brown.
  • Take out of the oil and place on a paper towel for a minute or two to absorb any extra oil.
  • Serve hot with honey and/or marinara sauce.

Notes

If you want to freeze these for later, just store the prepared goat cheese balls in a freezer bag until you’re ready to cook them.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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30 Comments

    1. I’ve never made it before this but it was so much easier than I expected! If I can do it then you definitely can!
      xoxo
      Lisa

  1. 5 stars
    These look yummy and fun, tweeted and pinned! Have a great week 🙂 xo

    1. Thanks so much Jess! Have a fabulous weekend!!!
      xoxo
      Lisa

    1. If you like goat cheese, you’ll definitely love these! I’d never made them before but they were surprisingly easy!
      xoxo
      Lisa

    1. Thank you so much for hosting (and pinning)!
      xoxo
      Lisa

  2. Hey Lisa,

    This looks wonderful! I love fried goat cheese on salads. But, to make it all by itself – YUM!

    I found your post on Social Butterfly tonight.

    And, I followed you on Pinterest and liked you on FB.

    I hope you have a blessed week~
    Melanie

    1. Thank you so much Melanie! If you love goat cheese, you’ll definitely love this recipe! Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful week as well!
      xoxo
      Lisa

  3. Ohhhhhh yum, yum, yum and YUM! Cannot WAIT to make these – thanks for sharing!

  4. I’m definitely going to have to try this! Goat cheese is so good, I can only imagine how delicious it would be FRIED. Brilliant!

    1. Thanks so much Christina! I never thought of it until my friends and I had it at Girl’s Night Out and we were hooked. I was worried that it wouldn’t be as tasty if I made it at home but it was awesome (if I do say so myself) 🙂
      xoxo
      Lisa

  5. Oh. My. Goodness. Why have I never thought to try this? Goat cheese is probably one of my favorite types of cheese, and it would be incredible fried. This needs to happen!

    1. You will love it! I very rarely cook fried food but this was so delicious…I had to fight my hubby for the last one (I won!)
      xoxo
      Lisa

    1. Yay! Thanks so much Kelly!!!
      xoxo
      Lisa

  6. Hi Lisa,
    Wow this looks amazing and would be the perfect appetizer to serve for the holidays.
    Thanks for joining and sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week and we hope to see you again!
    Julie xo

    1. I’m afraid I might eat it all before the guests arrive…LOL. Thanks for hosting a great party!
      xoxo
      Lisa

  7. Goat cheese is one of my absolute favorite cheeses! I can only imagine what it tastes like fried 🙂 Gotta try this for sure. Thanks for linking up with the Wednesday Showcase. Hope to see you again tomorrow!

    1. It’s one of my faves too (and delicious fried)! Thanks for hosting such a fun party!
      xoxo
      Lisa

  8. Holy deliciousness…this sounds amazing!!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. Hi Lisa,
    I’m happy to inform you that I featured this recipe for our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Thanks and we hope to see you again!
    Julie xo

    1. Yay! Thanks so much Julie…what a nice surprise!!!
      xoxo
      Lisa

  10. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

    1. Thank you so much for hosting!!!

  11. I can’t wait to eat it.

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!!

  12. These sound delish! How would I reheat if I made them ahead of time or if I freeze them for later use

    1. Hi Denise! If you’d like to make them ahead of time, I recommend just making the goat cheese balls and freezing them. Then you can defrost, coat in the crumbs and cook. However, they are best eaten fresh once cooked. Hope that helps 🙂

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