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Fried Cheese Balls (Keto, GF, Low-Iron, Vegetarian)
June 11, 2020

Cheese is awesome and fried anything is awesome, so fried cheese is just heaven! These fried cheese balls are the best keto snack out there!

The original recipe was low-carb already but it contained some scary stuff that I try to avoid like flour and cracker crumbs. Obviously, I still can’t eat these since they are chock full of dairy. But Blake loved them. He said they were warm, crispy on the outside, gooey in the middle, and simply amazing!

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You can season these fried cheese balls with whatever you want to change up the flavor and you can also dip them in a variety of dipping sauces to spice them up even more.

Blake suggested dipping them in mustard might be good. I also think they would be good dipped in an aioli made with homemade mayo. If you can afford a few additional carbs and aren’t super sensitive to ingredients they would be amazing dipped in chili sauce. This keto-friendly Asian sweet chili sauce would probably do the trick!

I think these would be perfect to serve with parsnip chips, celery root french fries as party food at your next keto party!

Fried Cheese Balls

Fried Cheese Balls (Keto, GF, Low-Iron, Vegetarian)

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 Minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Fried cheese balls. I mean, can it get any better than this!?



  • 1 Cup grated mild cheese
  • 2 Tsp. almond flour
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 1/8 Tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 1/2 Cup crushed plain pork rinds
  • 1/3 Cup parmesan cheese
  • Oil for frying


  • Combine the cheese, almond flour, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  • In a separate bowl combine the pork rinds and parmesan cheese.
  • Using your hands, gently stir in the egg whites.
  • Pat the mixture into small balls and roll them in the pork rind and parmesan cheese mixture until thoroughly coated.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet, when it is hot, put the balls in the pan without crowding them.
  • Cook over medium-high heat, turning so all sides become golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve hot or cold, with a salad or with pre-dinner drinks.

  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: fried cheese balls


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition counselor, consultant, and educator. Heather is currently a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner candidate. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and self-directed healthcare. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle interventions for improved health and wellness. Heather successfully avoided radiation and chemotherapy and healed her body of vulvar cancer utilizing a food-as-medicine approach combined with alternative and conventional interventions. Heather has also put two autoimmune diseases into remission (Hashimoto's and Lichen Sclerosus) and reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, and fatty liver through diet and lifestyle change.

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There are 7 comments

  • Focused says:

    thanks, looks great! One question, how many carbs per cheese ball or per serving?

  • Be says:

    These sound divine. I too am curious about the carb count and would use lard instead of veggie oil.

  • Say (fried) Cheeeeeeeese! – Low Carb Pediatrician says:

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  • Pasha says:

    I began my diet 3 days ago and I feel drained of ernegy… I am not in the mood for anything and even thinking about cleaning the house causes me nausea… plsea tell me what to do to be back in my shape…

  • Brigit says:

    This recipe calls for parmesan cheese. Is this regular parmesan cheese or the kind in the green can?

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