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Deep fried meatballs recipe.
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Deep Fried Meatballs

These juicy deep fried meatballs are breaded in seasoned breadcrumbs then fried until golden brown and delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 507kcal



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 eggs beaten

Meatball breading

  • 1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon table salt


  • olive oil (enough to fill pan one-two inches deep)


Making Meatballs

  • Crumble the ground beef and pork in a large bowl and add dry dry ingredients - plain breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • In a separate small bowl, add wet ingredients - eggs, milk, and Worcestershire sauce. Beat the mixture together with a fork until well blended, then pour the egg mixture into the large bowl with the meatball mixture.
  • Combine the meatball mixture together with clean hands until everything is blended together well.
  • Form the meatballs by rolling 1 ½ tablespoons of filling between the palms of your hands until they form round balls. It is best to wet your hands to prevent the meat from sticking.
  • Prepare the meatball breading by combining the table salt with the Italian seasoned breadcrumbs in a small dish.
  • Working in batches, add the raw meatballs to the breadcrumb mixture and roll the balls around to evenly coat.

Frying Meatballs

  • Add olive oil to a tall-sided skillet set over medium heat and bring the oil temperature to 350 degrees.
  • Gently place the breaded meatballs in the frying oil and cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until the exterior has turned golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Place fried meatballs on a wire rack, or on paper towels, to drain and cool slightly, then serve.


This recipe makes approximately 64 meatballs. Feel free to cut this recipe in half for a smaller batch.
Your cook time will vary depending on the size of your meatballs.  Larger meatballs will require additional time to cook through compared to smaller meatballs. 
If desired, a deep fryer can be used instead of pan-frying in a skillet.


Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1335mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 268IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 3mg