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4.23 from 9 votes

5 ingredient ricotta cheese balls

A party perfect appetizer made 3 ways with make ahead of time tips. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Khushboo


  • 15 oz / 425 gms tub Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs


  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian mix herbs or oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • Couple twists of black pepper

For coating

  • 1 cup or more panko bread crumbs*
  • ½ cup rice flour/ cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon flaxseed meal *
  • 10 tablespoon warm water


  • Place ricotta cheese in a muslin cloth and remove as much water you can.
  • Now place all the ingredients called to make cheese balls in a medium size bowl.
  • Mix well and make lime size balls.
  • Keep aside covered in the fridge.

For slurry

  • Mix flaxseed meal with warm water and keep aside for 5 minutes. It will turn into gel like consistency which will help coating the bread crumbs.

Meanwhile prepare the coating station.

  • Place cornstarch , bread crumbs , flaxmeal gel in 3 different bowls.
  • Now take one ball and roll it in cornstarch .
  • Now dip it in the slurry and coat well.
  • Then dunk it in the bread crumbs and roll it well.

Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat .

  • Once warm add in one cheese ball and see if it fries well and doesn’t break.
  • Now go ahead and fry 4-5 balls at a time until golden brown.
  • Repeat this with all the cheese balls .
  • Place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil if any.

Cooking in appe pan / aebleskiever pan

  • Heat up the appe pan on low medium heat, brush every cavity lightly with oil. Once warm , add the balls and brush them with oil , cook them until golden brown overall. Rotate and flip them in intervals with a help of a small spoon or wooden skewer as needed to evenly cook . The appe pan method is quiet slow but results are worth it. Alternatively you can bake them.
  • Serve warm with a side of your favorite dip , ketchup or chutney.

Baking it in the oven

  • Pre heat oven to 450 degrees F
  • Place all the coated cheese balls in a baking tray lined with foil and lightly brushed with oil .
  • Brush each ball with oil.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping them mid way or until light golden brown.

Please go through important notes for substitutions.


    Condiments are used for elevating the flavor , you may use or skip them. Use store bought bread crumbs or baked bread crumbs for outer coating .
    Instead of flaxseed meal gel you can use cornstarch slurry.
    Make ahead of time tips.
    You can prepare the ricotta balls ahead of time. Roll it in bread crumbs . Place the balls in a tray/dish . Cover it with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge 2-3 days ahead of time. You may even fry a large batch hours before the party and store at room temperature. Just before serving warm them in the oven at 400 deg F for 10-15 minutes .