Do you love cheese sticks? We sure do! This recipe for your own homemade Babybel fried cheese bites is going to be a favorite in your snack or appetizer routine. These tasty little cheese wheels are always a great addition to your menu, but frying them to create a crispy coating just kicks them up another notch to create a delicious snack or appetizer!
Babybel Fried Cheese Bites
Making homemade cheese sticks is so much better than the frozen variety or even the ones you get in restaurants. These, especially, have a great super melty cheese that pulls apart beautifully and is super tasty. I love the different options of flavors and how this is a great way to save money by making a favorite snack at home.
If you prefer a little bit healthier option, you might like the fast and easy air fryer Babybel cheese bites instead. The same great taste without the deep frying makes them a perfect choice if you are watching what you eat.
What is the Best Coating on the Outside?
The recipe calls for Italian breadcrumbs, but you can use any breadcrumbs you prefer. I like the idea of Panko for a little different texture. Plain or whole wheat breadcrumbs work as well for this recipe, you just want to add a bit more seasoning.
If using plain crumbs, you'll want to add some salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. I would start with just ¼ to ½ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper, but you could add more if you prefer a bit saltier mixture.
What Cheese Flavors Can I Use?
If you want to try something different, the great thing is that Babybel has multiple flavors. Original, light original, white cheddar, gouda, or mozzarella are all options from the Babybel brand of cheese.
You do NOT have to use just Babybel though. If you prefer, you can use any cheese that will melt. cheese sticks, cubed cheese, or cheese curds can all be used with the same process. Smaller pieces, however, will need less cook time.
Can I Use Different Seasonings?
Of course! Italian is classic, but you can use any blend of spices you want in this recipe. Below are a few other options that can create nice flavors that work well with cheese.
- Cajun spice blend
- Taco seasoning blend
- Greek seasoning blend
- Ranch seasoning blend
- Seasoning salt
- Everything but the bagel seasoning
You can always mix and match things like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cumin to create your own unique flavor profile.
What Dipping Sauces Should I Serve?
We always like to dip our cheese sticks into something. If you and your family like that as well, then you can offer a few different types of dipping sauces. Below are my favorites.
- Marinara or this homemade pasta sauce
- Ranch dressing or dip
- Jalapeno dip
- Blue cheese dressing
- French onion dip
- Dill dip
- Sour cream
Can I Make Homemade Cheese Sticks Ahead of Time?
While you can fry these ahead of time, you will want them to be heated up when serving. If I know I won't have time to fry them when I want to serve them, I will batch make them ahead of time. You can let them cool, then freeze them or refrigerate them and reheat in the microwave, air fryer, or oven when ready to serve.
- Babybel cheese rounds
- Italian seasoning
Handy Kitchen Tools
If you have a deep fryer on hand already, this is easier to make with far less mess. Simply drop the coated cheese into the fryer for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.
How to Make Babybel Cheese Bites
In a shallow dish, mix together the breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning.
In a separate shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs.
In a deep-sided skillet or saucepan, heat at least 1" of oil to 350°F.
Remove the wax layer off of the cheese rounds, then dip them into the eggs.
Dip them into the breadcrumbs until coated on all sides.
Repeat the process again, dipping the coated cheese into the egg, then back into the breadcrumbs for a second coating.
Place in a single layer in the hot oil being careful not to overcrowd the pan.
Fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels before serving.
More Tasty Snack Recipes
Having tasty snacks is a must when you have a teenager in the house as I do. That means I like a big variety of options. Below are some favorite savory snacks that are super easy to make, and of course, delicious. Be sure to print, pin, or bookmark to make soon!
- No-Bake Jalapeno Popper Cheese Balls
- The Best Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
- Kid-Friendly Pizza Puff Snack Recipe
- Authentic Cheese Antojitos Recipe
- Homemade Soft Pretzels with Cheesy Queso
- 8 Babybel rounds
- 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs (108 gm)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (1 gm)
- 2 eggs
- In a shallow dish, mix together the breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning.
- In a separate shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs.
- In a deep-sided skillet or saucepan, heat at least 1" of oil to 350°F.
- Remove the wax layer off of the cheese rounds, then dip them into the eggs.
- Dip them into the breadcrumbs until coated on all sides.
- Repeat the process again, dipping the coated cheese into the egg, then back into the breadcrumbs for a second coating.
- Place in a single layer in the hot oil being careful not to overcrowd the pan.
- Fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels before serving.
This recipe can be used for traditional cheese sticks or cheese curds if preferred.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 759mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 17g