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Fried Mac and Cheese Recipe

Fried Mac and Cheese - Perfectly crispy and cheesy fried macaroni with a flavorful breadcrumb topping. Take one bite and you'll be in heaven!
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried mac and cheese, fried mac and cheese balls, fried macaroni, fried macaroni and cheese
Servings: 12
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk , warmed plus 1 Tablespoon
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound smoked gouda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Marinara sauce for dipping


    • Cook macaroni according to directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
    • In a pan, melt the butter over medium-heat and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk together. Cook for 2 minutes. 
    • Add in warmed milk and stir to get rid of lumps. Cook until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and add in cheese, stir until melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour cheese over macaroni and stir to combine.
    • Pour into a shallow pan and refrigerate for 2 hours.
    • Form macaroni and cheese into balls using a cookie or ice cream scoop. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze overnight, or until cold and firm.
    • Mix together egg and 1 Tablespoon milk to make a wash in a shallow bowl. Mix breadcrumbs and seasoning together and place in a shallow bowl. Dip macaroni and cheese balls into egg wash and then cover with breadcrumb mixture.
    • Heat oil in a large pot to 350°F and fry macaroni and cheese balls until they are golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Turn them halfway to evenly brown.
    • Remove and set on baking sheet lined with paper towels. Enjoy while warm with marinara!


    • Be sure your oil isn’t too hot so they don’t cook too fast. You want them to heat through so you don’t end up with frozen mac & cheese in the middle! 
    • Extras can be stored in the freezer.


    Serving: 3mac and cheese balls | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Calcium: 327mg | Iron: 1mg