Fried Mac and Cheese Balls 

These fried macaroni and cheese balls will turn your leftover mac and cheese into a tasty snack that can be made in an air fryer, oven, or using the conventional frying technique. There are only 4 ingredients and are a fun and easy dish that everyone will enjoy. Swapping out the traditional vegetable oil for frying with Kelapo ghee will give the macaroni and cheese balls that crispy golden outside. This dish takes only 30 minutes to make and is around 60 calories per ball, it’s almost too good to be true!  

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls


  • 3 cups macaroni and cheese (refrigerated for a minimum of 4 hours) 
  • 1 large beaten, egg 
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 2 cups Kelapo ghee 


  1. Using a cookie scoop, or a large spoon, scoop out a spoonful of your refrigerated macaroni and cheese and shape into 1 1/2-inch balls. 
  2. Beat a large egg into a small bowl and pour 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs into another bowl. Coat each macaroni and cheese ball with a layer of the beaten egg, then fully coat the ball with panko breadcrumbs. 
  3. Once all macaroni and cheese balls are coated, heat 2 cups of Kelapo ghee into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat—should be sizzling hot. Next, carefully add a small batch of your macaroni and cheese balls to the saucepan. Fry until golden and crispy on all sides. Once fully golden, transfer the macaroni and cheese balls to a plate lined with paper towels—the paper towels will soak up excess oil. Repeat until all macaroni and cheese balls are cooked. Enjoy! 
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