Fried Spinach Balls

fried spinach balls
Spinach balls with cheese. Moment Open/Getty Images
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
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Fried spinach balls come together very easily in this quick and simple frying recipe. These spinach balls can make a tasty alternative to meatballs in spaghetti sauce, or be served by themselves as a savory appetizer. They're an excellent alternative to meatballs, especially if you have vegetarians in the family. Make a batch and freeze them in small portions. 

As appetizers, serve them hot with a dip. Ranch dressing, a marinara sauce, or pizza sauce would be good, or serve them with salsa or an aioli. 

You might also like these baked spinach balls with Parmesan cheese.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups spinach (frozen, cooked and chopped; about 16 ounces frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dash salt
  • DAsh pepper
  • 2 large eggs, (divided)
  • 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (or allspice)
  • 1/4 cup water

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 200 F.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil to 360 F.
  3. Squeeze as much moisture out of the cooked spinach as possible.
  4. Combine chopped spinach, melted butter, salt, pepper, 1 well-beaten egg, bread crumbs, onion, Parmesan cheese and spice; mix well. Allow to stand 10 minutes, then shape into 1-inch balls.
  5. Combine remaining egg with the 1/4 cup water; beat until well blended.
  6. Roll the spinach balls in the fine dry bread crumbs, dip in egg mixture, then again in bread crumbs.
  1. Heat the vegetable oil to 360 F.
  2. Fry the spinach balls in small batches until golden brown.
  3. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Place them on a rack in a pan and place the pan in the warm oven while you fry the remaining spinach balls.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 195
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 163 mg
Sodium 317 mg
Carbohydrates 17 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 11 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)