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Fastest Fried Mac and Cheese Bites Recipe

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Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
Deep fried mac and cheese bites: crispy outside, gooey inside. An irresistible cheesy goodness!
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :25 minutes
Servings: 2



  • Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes, and then drain.
  • Over low heat, melt butter, milk and mac and cheese powder. Add the pasta and mix well. Add the cheese and mix well. Place on a plate and wait for it to cool.
  • Form balls (about the size of a ping pong ball), dip in flour, dip in eggs, and then in breadcrumbs.
  • Fry in boiling oil (355-375 F) until golden (about 2 minutes).


Fried Mac and Cheese Bites Recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

Can I bake the mac and cheese bites instead?

Certainly! To do this, preheat the oven and place the coated balls on a baking sheet. Bake until they achieve a golden brown color, ensuring to turn them halfway through for even cooking. While the texture may differ slightly from deep-frying, baking offers a lower-fat option with a crisp outer layer.

How do I know when the oil is hot enough for frying?

Determining the oil’s readiness is crucial for successful frying. Use a kitchen thermometer to gauge the temperature, aiming for the recommended range of 355-375°F (180-190°C). Alternatively, a small piece of bread or a wooden spoon handle can be dropped into the oil; if it sizzles and turns golden brown in about 60 seconds, the oil is likely hot enough.

How to freeze the fried mac and cheese bites for later

After coating them in breadcrumbs, arrange the balls on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a sealed container or airtight bag for storage. This allows for easy retrieval and frying straight from the freezer when desired.

What can I substitute with gouda and mozzarella in this mac and cheese bites recipe?

Various cheese alternatives can be used to maintain a rich and gooey texture. Consider substitutes like cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Swiss cheese, which provide a similar melting quality and savory flavor.

Fried Mac and Cheese Bites Recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

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