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Fried honey goat cheese balls in a small round cast-iron dish next to a stack of appetizer plates.

Honey Goat Cheese Balls


Honey goat cheese balls are irresistible! Crispy on the outside. Creamy on the inside. These easy tapas are the best holiday appetizers. They’re also perfect game-day food!


  • 10.5-ounce log soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • Canola oil or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/4 cup honey, for drizzling
  • Minced fresh Italian parsley, for garnishing



RECIPE PREP: Add flour to a shallow bowl. Add Panko crumbs to another bowl. Put them aside.

  1. Slice the log of goat cheese into 24 pieces. The size and shape doesn’t need to be perfect! Roll each piece into a ball.
  2. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl. Roll the goat cheese balls in flour. Dip them in the egg. Dredge them in the Panko crumbs. Transfer coated balls to a baking tray, leaving space between the pieces.
  3. Freeze for 20 minutes or until firm.
  4. On stovetop, heat  1 to 2 inches of oil in a large skillet. Fry the goat cheese balls in batches. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, rotating the balls until golden and crisp on all sides. Transfer cooked balls to lined baking tray. Let them sit and drain on the paper towels for at least a minute.
  5. Arrange the fried cheese balls on a small serving plate. Drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with Italian parsley. Serve warm.

COOKING TIP: These goat cheese balls crisp up quickly! Some are done in just 45 seconds. To prevent over-browning, fry no more than 3 to 6 balls at a time. Work quickly to rotate the balls then remove them from the pan.


  • HOW TO SLICE GOAT CHEESE: It’s soft, crumbly, breaks into pieces, and can get a bit messy. Use a sharp knife. Vertically slice the log in half, then slice off small chunks. Or take unflavored dental floss and cut straight down.
  • HOW TO ELEVATE THE FLAVOR: Add fresh herbs to the filling. Mix the cheese with rosemary and thyme. Or add one of the following: basil, chives, dill or tarragon. Add a sprinkling of minced shallot to the mixture.
  • HOW TO SERVE FRIED GOAT CHEESE: Pair these tapas with crusty bread, flatbread or crackers. Serve on a charcuterie board with olives, figs, apple slices, grapes, pecans, prosciutto, and an assortment of sliced cheeses.
  • WINE PAIRING TIPS: Serve honey goat cheese balls Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Chardonnay. These tapas pair beautifully with Albarino, a Spanish white wine that’s clean and crisp with delicious citrus flavor.
  • SALAD CROUTONS: Honey goat cheese is a perfect topping for salads! Make slightly smaller cheese balls for bite-size croutons.
  • HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN FREE: Use gluten-free flour and gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs.
  • MAKE-AHEAD RECIPE: Assemble goat cheese balls. Place uncooked tapas on a baking tray with room between the pieces. Freeze 1 hour or until frozen solid. Transfer balls to a zip-top freezer bag. Freeze up to 1 month.
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Goat Cheese Balls, Fried Cheese Balls, Honey Goat Cheese, Fried Goat Cheese, Tapas