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Fried Pizza Balls

Fried pizza balls are easy to make with store-bought dough. Each one is stuffed with pepperoni and cheese for a fun bite-sized pizza snack.

Fried Pizza Balls on a cutting board

This recipe idea came from DH. Earlier this month, he was putting away some leftover pizza and contemplated how it would taste deep fried. I managed to deter him of the idea of throwing an entire slice into the deep fryer. But it did get me thinking.

Fried Pizza Balls with dipping sauce
So I decided to make him his fried pizza, but in a much less messy form. I made pizza balls much like the baked pizza balls I’ve previously made, but instead of baking them, I fried them.
Fried Pizza Balls in a paper cone with dipping sauce on the side
I wish they were prettier to look at but it’s hard to put much on the surface when you’re frying them. Taste-wise these were very similar to regular pizza balls, just a bit richer and the dough a little fluffier.
Fried Pizza Balls in a serving dish
DH enjoyed them though and I think these would make a fun Game Day appetizer. They are pretty easy to make too and people love hearing “deep fried.”close-up of a Fried Pizza Ball sliced in half

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Fried PIzza Balls

Servings: 7
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
These fried pizza balls are easy to make thanks to a store-bought dough and make a great appetizer for game-day.


  • 1 can Pillsbury pizza dough
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup mini pepperoni
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • Marinara sauce for dipping


  • Divide the pizza dough into about 14 roughly equal sized pieces. Take one of the dough pieces, flatten it, and put shredded cheese and some pepperoni in the middle. Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings and pinch closed. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces. Make sure dough balls are pinched completely shut and try to smooth ball .
  • Heat oil on the stove to medium-high. Drop a few balls in at a time. Cook until brown, then flip balls over so they brown evenly on both sides, cooking a few minutes on each side. You may want to test one first to determine how long it needs to cook for on each side. Remove and place on a plate lined with paper towel to soak up some of the excess oil. Repeat until all balls are cooked. Roll balls in grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with a side of marinara sauce.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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10 comments on “Fried Pizza Balls”

  1. Toasted Ravioli is an old St Louis Italian treat. You serve with marinara sauce to dip. I make mine now in my air fryer. Been eating it for over 50 years. Yummy!

  2. What a great appetizer idea! Definitely keeping it in mind for the Superbowl!

  3. I like how easy this recipe is! 🙂 Perfect finger food!

    • hehe. I agree! And you can always do the baked version if you want to be a bit healthier. But it just doesn’t have the same appeal as hearing “deep fried.”

  4. Looks sinfully delicious! You should try fried ravioli! Ya know, to keep up with the whole italian food fried thing.

  5. Haha I love your stories! Did you also do this in the turkey fryer?

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