Fried Mozzarella Puffs


Sometimes even the most fun of foods needs a little refresh. Not only are these mozzarella puffs crispier and more fun to eat than the original fried mozzarella stick, but they're also easier since no breading is required! I haven't forgotten the marinara sauce, but feel free to use other sauces.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
12 puffs


  • cup water

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 cup marinara sauce, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • 4 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese

  • 4 cups canola oil for frying

  • 1 anchovy fillet


  1. Combine water, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer; pour in flour all at once and reduce heat to medium. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until a dough starts coming together. Cook, scraping up and stirring the dough, for 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat; transfer dough to a mixing bowl. Let cool until no longer hot but still very warm, 5 to 10 minutes. Add egg and season with cayenne and freshly ground black pepper. Whisk vigorously until mixture combines into a very soft, sticky dough. Switch to a spatula and scrape dough into a ball.

  3. Seal dough and spatula with plastic wrap and refrigerate in the bowl until cool, about 1 hour.

  4. In the meantime, season marinara sauce with oregano, red pepper flakes, balsamic vinegar in a small pot over medium heat. Add anchovy fillet. Stir together and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes; turn off heat and let sit until ready to use.

  5. Grate mozzarella cheese over the dough and stir to combine.

  6. Heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep fryer or heavy-duty pan over medium heat. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C) or any temperature for keeping warm.

  7. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough per puff and form into a football shape using two spoons. Fry puffs, 5 or 6 at a time, in the hot oil until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Keep puffs warm in low oven while frying the rest. Serve with hot marinara sauce.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
24g Fat
12g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 645mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 169mg 13%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 182mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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