Frying meatBalls

Frying meatballs is a classic method to achieve a deliciously crispy exterior while keeping the inside tender and juicy. Whether served with pasta, in a sub, or on their own, fried meatballs are a beloved staple in many households. This guide will walk you through the steps to make perfect fried meatballs, from selecting the ingredients to cooking them to golden perfection.



  • 1 lb (450g) ground beef or a mix of beef and pork
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil (for frying)



Prepare the Meatball Mixture:

  1. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the milk and egg. Whisk until well blended.
  2. Add Dry Ingredients: Add the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, minced garlic, chopped onion, parsley, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Combine with Meat: Add the ground beef (and pork, if using) to the breadcrumb mixture. Use your hands to gently mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Avoid overmixing, as this can make the meatballs tough.

Form the Meatballs:

  1. Shape: Scoop out portions of the mixture (about 1-2 tablespoons each) and roll them into balls with your hands. Aim for uniform size to ensure even cooking.

Fry the Meatballs:

  1. Heat the Oil: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering.
  2. Fry the Meatballs: Carefully add the meatballs to the skillet, ensuring not to overcrowd the pan. Fry in batches if necessary.
  3. Cook Evenly: Cook the meatballs, turning occasionally, until all sides are browned and crispy, about 10-12 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.



  • Temperature Control: Maintain medium heat to ensure the meatballs cook evenly without burning.
  • Test One First: Fry a single meatball first to check seasoning and adjust the remaining mixture if needed.
  • Finish in Sauce: For extra flavor and tenderness, simmer the fried meatballs in marinara sauce for 10-15 minutes before serving.



  • Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs: Insert a small cube of mozzarella into the center of each meatball before frying.
  • Spicy Meatballs: Add red pepper flakes or chopped jalapeños to the meat mixture for a spicy kick.
  • Herbed Meatballs: Add finely chopped fresh basil, thyme, or rosemary to the mixture for an herbal note.
  • Lamb Meatballs: Substitute ground lamb for a different flavor profile, and add a teaspoon of ground cumin for a Middle Eastern twist.


Frying meatballs results in a delightful combination of crispy and juicy textures that elevate any meal. Whether enjoyed on their own, in a sandwich, or simmered in sauce over pasta, these perfectly fried meatballs are sure to become a favorite. Enjoy the process and savor the delicious results!



Serving Suggestions

  • Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs: Serve the meatballs atop a bed of spaghetti with marinara sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  • Meatball Subs: Place the meatballs in a sub roll, top with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, and toast until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Appetizer Meatballs: Serve the meatballs with toothpicks and a side of marinara or garlic aioli for dipping as an appetizer at parties.

By following these steps and tips, you can create a dish that is both flavorful and satisfying, perfect for any occasion. Enjoy the delightful blend of crispy exteriors and juicy interiors with every bite of these homemade fried meatballs.

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