Deep Fried Meatballs

These deep-fried meatballs are crispy, juicy, and delicious. They are the perfect appetizer served with sauce or as a main dish with mash, spaghetti, or salad.

a stack of crispy fried meatballs served on a plate with sauce

Meat

For our meatballs, we use a mix of pork and beef since this makes the meatballs even more juicy and flavorful. Depending on your preferences, these meatballs also work well with just pork or beef. We use meat with 20% fat for the same reason - the fat gives the meat flavor and makes the meatball even juicier. Again, if you prefer using meat with less fat content, then that will also work but keep in mind that the meatball will be less juicy.

Meat Mix

We like to use our own blend for our meatballs as this helps us get a delicious juicy meatball. We mix the meat with garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and parmesan. We also use an egg in the mix to bind the meat so that it won’t fall apart while frying.

A stack of rolled raw meatballs in a bowl

Oil

We fry the oil in sunflower oil since it is a neutral-flavored oil - we don’t want the oil to affect the meatball flavor. We also want to use an oil that has a high smoke point. Some other oils that are neutral-flavored oils with a high smoke point include canola oil, vegetable oil, or peanut oil. Read more about the best oils for frying.

Frying the meatballs

Before frying the meatballs, we make the meatballs by rolling them in egg wash and then breadcrumbs for extra crispiness and crunch. It also gives the meatballs a beautiful golden finish after frying. We fry the meatballs for roughly 5 minutes at 300°F.

Can I prepare the meatballs in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the meat mix and roll the meatballs the night before to save yourself time with prep work before frying the meatballs. Store your meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge. Roll the meatballs in egg wash and breadcrumbs right before frying.

Can I freeze the meatballs?

Yes, you can freeze the raw meatballs for roughly 6 months in an airtight container. Freeze the meatballs before rolling them in egg wash and breadcrumbs. However, the meatballs will not be as tasty or flavorful as the fresh meat. We recommend using fresh meatballs for this recipe.

What can I serve with fried meatballs?

Serve your meatballs as an appetizer with sauces of your liking. Alternatively, the meatballs are perfect as a main meal with a side of mash or salad. And, of course, meatballs are the star of spaghetti and meatballs or a meatball sub.

Half a meatball being dipped in sauce

Deep Fried Meatballs

These deep-fried meatballs are crispy, juicy, and delicious. They are the perfect appetizer served with sauce or as a main dish with mash, spaghetti, or salad.

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Cuisine
American

Servings
6

Calories
505 kcal

Prep time
15 minutes

Cook time
15 minutes

Total time
30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb minced beef (20% fat)
  • 1 lb minced pork (20% fat)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped parsley
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 egg (meat mix)
  • 2 beaten eggs (egg wash)
  • 1 lb breadcrumbs
  • Frying oil

Instructions

  1. Add 1lb of minced beef, 1lb of minced pork, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground pepper, 1 tablespoon parsley, ½ cup of parmesan to a bowl and mix everything until well incorporated.
  2. Make a little well in the meat mixture and add 1 egg to the well. Mix the egg into the meat mixture.
  3. Roll out the meat mixture into 1.7-ounce meatballs. There should be roughly 20 meatballs once they are all rolled out. Roll the meatballs in the egg wash and then roll the meatballs in the breadcrumbs until they are completely covered.
  4. In a deep fryer or a deep pot or skillet, add the frying oil (use enough oil to totally submerge the meatballs in the oil). Once the oil reaches a temperature of 300°F, place the meatballs in the oil using a slotted spoon. The meatballs should sizzle as soon as they touch the hot oil.
  5. Fry the meatballs for approximately 5 minutes. The meatballs should have an internal temperature of 160°F when cooked.
  6. Once the meatballs are fried, place the meatballs on a kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil.

Notes

  • If you are frying in a pot or skillet we recommend using a frying thermometer for extra precision in your cooking
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the pan or the fryer so cook the meatballs in batches if necessary.

Nutrition

  • Calories 505 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 13 g | 
  • Protein 34 g | 
  • Fat 34.6 g | 
  • Saturated fat 11.9 g | 
  • Cholesterol 147.1 mg | 
  • Sodium 547.9 mg | 
  • Fiber 0.8 g | 
  • Sugar 1.1 g |