Mac n Cheese Fry Recipe

mac n cheese fry recipe

Some foods have no geographical boundaries, age limitations or cultural restrictions. Mac n cheese is one of those kinda foods. It certainly IS a comfort food for many, including me, and an easy whip up for dinner or lunch when you are out of ideas.

Today, is about revamping the cult classic Main course dish into an awesome Side dish, the Mac n cheese fry!

mac n cheese fry recipe

We are gonna take the essence of a good mac n cheese and turn it into an amazeballs (yeah i said that) side dish for your next luncheon. These are balls of a more sturdier macaroni mixture which is coated in a crumb coat and deep fried or baked. They go perfectly well with all popular dips and sauces and work beautifully to make your food spread more elaborate and delicious. Similarly, I’ve also served them for a brunch and they were quite the hit!

Bonus feature: You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry to prep these bad boys! Let me walk you through the recipe, follow me…

What will you need?

mac n cheese fry ingredients

 Answer? Very basic house-hold ingredients that you can see here. This recipe calls for adding 2 cups of minced meat. I usually have a bit of pre-boiled meat in my freezer at all times which I used here. ( Cooked by boiling in garlic, ginger, black pepper, salt, water and green chilies paste). I used ditalini pasta, but you can use any pasta available, just make sure they are smaller in size which will make them easier to manage.


We start by heating a little oil in a sauce pan, and add our garlic ginger paste, macaroni, minced meat, capsicum and sauteing it all together at medium to high heat. Then we add all the spices and seasoning and milk and saute a little bit more. The next step is to add the all-purpose flour which is always done after removing the saucepan from the flame.

mac n cheese fry mixture
TIP 1: If the flour is added while the mixture is still on the flame, it may cause lumps in the mixture, therefore you should always remove the pan whenever you are adding flour to any milk based mixtures. 

And then the mixture goes back on the flame for 2 more minutes. Remove the mixture and let it come down to room temperature. We don’t want the cheese to melt at this point so we will make sure our macaroni mixture is cooled down and then add the shredded Mozzarella and mix well. You can do a taste test at this point, but make sure all your seasoning is a little bit overpowering than you like, because once you crumb-coat it, the flavors will mellow down a bit.

mac n cheese fry


Finally you have landed on your last step of the process. I usually just put some oil on the palm of my hands and take heaped tablespoons of the mixture and form rough balls. But this might be trickier for beginners to manage. If you are finding it hard to make the balls from your hands, you can take a cookie sheet and drop tablespoons full of the mixture all over the tray and freeze it. Alternatively, you can use a cupcake tray instead of a cookiesheet for more regular shape of the balls. Once frozen, you can take them out and coat in the coating mixture.

The balls are dipped in all-purpose flour, then eggs and then crumb coated.

TIP 2: Adding chilled water to your beaten eggs give you a crispier crumb coat. 

After crumb coating, its upto you when you want to use it. If you are preparing this for guests, I would suggest to make these in advance and freeze them. You can then take them out 20 mins before frying and fry them on medium to high flame. All the ingredients in the balls are cooked so you dont need to worry about leaving anything raw inside, its only the cheese that needs melting. Simple ketchup works really well with them honestly but you can go ahead and try any exotic sauces that you would normally eat with your mac n cheese.

mac n cheese fry recipe


Mac n cheese fry recipe

Mac n Cheese Fry

Yield: 24 balls
Prep Time: 38 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes

Combination of two of the most favourite guilty pleasures there is! Macaroni and cheese and fried food! These fried mac n cheese balls just melt in the mouth!


  • 2 cups Dry Ditalini Pasta
  • 2 cups Pre-cooked Minced Meet (optional)
  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 medium Capsicum Chopped
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Garlic Ginger paste (or 2 cloves of garlic and 1 small piece of ginger shredded)
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Siracha sauce
  • 2 tsp All-purpose flour + extra for coating
  • 1 large Egg beaten with 1/2 cup chilled water
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup Oil for frying


  1. The first step is to add 1 tbsp of oil in a saucepan along with garlic and ginger paste. Put the flame on at medium heat.
  2. Add your minced meat, pasta and capsicum. Saute for about a minute or 2.
  3. Add all your sauces and spices. Saute for another minute or 2.
  4. Pour milk in the saucepan, mix all the ingredients and remove from flame. 
  5. Add 2 tsp all-purpose flour and mix well. Put the saucepan back on the low flame and stir constantly. When you can see bubbles forming in the milk and your mixture seems visibly thick, remove from flame. Cover the mixture and allow it to cool down. 
  6. Once the mixture is cooled, add shredded mozzarella and do a taste test at this point. 
  7. Put oil on both your palms and take 1 heaped tablespoons of mixture and make rough balls out of them. Alternatively if you find the mixture hard to handle, you can line a tray with cookie sheet and drop table spoons of mixture on the sheet. Freeze the mixture and then use when hardened.
  8. Finally, coat the balls first in all purpose flour, then beaten eggs and finally with the breadcrumbs
  9. Fry the balls at medium flame until golden brown. 
  10. SERVE - Serve as a side with your main course or as an appetizer. 


You can freeze the balls after coating and fry later when required. Just remember to thaw them for 15-20 minutes before frying

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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3 years ago

I love this! Can’t wait to try something like this when I have a large gathering.

Evelyn Hernandez
3 years ago

This looks like something my son would enjoy!

Bunnmies Healthy Choices
Bunnmies Healthy Choices
3 years ago

I’ll definitely be trying this soon. I love how you included a step by step instruction, and love the pictures. I’ll leave a feed back when I try this.
Thanks for sharing.

3 years ago

Hope i find enough time to try these soon ????

3 years ago

I’ll keep this one. I’m just telling my husband the other day if we could have mac n cheese. this is with a twist, fry!

3 years ago

Mac & cheese fry look delicious and indeed nutritious too. But I will try this without any meat content.

Backpacking Series
3 years ago

Mac and cheese was known but making fries out of them looks like a great snack! A creative recipe to try!

Katrina || KS Loves
3 years ago

These sound INCREDIBLE ???????????? I am drooling

3 years ago

Omg these look so delicious!! Definitely will try these out with the new deep fryer I bought the other day.

3 years ago

Wow! I really like this ULTIMATE MAC n CHEESE FRY. it makes me hungry! I’ll try to make my own version of ULTIMATE MAC n CHEESE FRY thanks for sharing the ingredients. πŸ™‚

Summer Mitch Ryan
Summer Mitch Ryan
3 years ago

I agree Mac n Cheese is a food for all. As much as I really like this, there are ingredients here that aren’t available here. Maybe I could substitute. What do you think?

Fibi Drese
3 years ago

This looks very yummy! I love Mac and cheese. Will try your recipe trmw

Europe finance blog
3 years ago

This looks similar to the one my mum makes.

Vy Nguyen
Vy Nguyen
3 years ago

Delicious!! I really love cheese. thanks for the recipe

3 years ago

I love mac and cheese fry and thanks for sharing the recipe with me. I am gonna go and try this out

3 years ago

Oh wow…this looks so good. I’m droling

Ishani Nath
3 years ago

Looks really tempting and the process is easy. I shall try very soon. I love cheese and anything made with it.

3 years ago

Great, I will try it…

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