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Deep Fried Parmesan Cheese Puffs

Deep-fried-parmesan-cheese-puffsIf you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-prepare appetizer you will love these deep fried parmesan cheese puffs

These bite-size parmesan cheeese puffs are light and airy with a hint of saltiness from the cheese and a crispy outer shell. They are perfect on their own or can be paired with a light dipping sauce.

The cheese puffs can be fried in a deep fryer or heavy saucepan. I prefer using peanut oil, but they can also be fried in vegetable or canola oil. They are perfect for dinner parties, BBQ's, family gatherings, holidays, and wine tasting parties.


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Yield: 24 (1-inch balls)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4-5 minutes


6 cups Peanut Oil (can substitute with vegetable or canola oil)
2 cups finely grated Parmesan Cheese (can also use Parmigiano-Reggiano)
1/4 cup all-purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
4 large Egg Whites at room temperature


1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or heavy 3-quart saucepan to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a small bowl, mix grated cheese, flour, salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. In a mixing bowl, add egg whites and beat with a hand or stand mixer until stiff peaks form.

4. Add 1/2 cup of cheese mixture and gently mix until ingredients are incorporated.

5. Add remaining cheese mixture and gently mix into a soft ball. 

6. Use a cookie scoop to form 1-inch balls. Carefully drop cheese puffs into hot oil and cook until crisp on both sides. It's recommended to fry cheese puffs in batches of 8 to 10 balls. 

7. Transfer cheese puffs to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Transfer to serving plate and devour!