Macaroni and Cheese Fritters

Macaroni and Cheese Croquettes with Sriracha Mayo
Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 to 2 dozen (6 servings)
Ratings (19)

These macaroni and cheese bites are incredibly delicious, and they are an excellent way to use leftover mac and cheese. The deep-fried fritters are an addictive snack, so be sure you make enough to go around! 

Serve the mac and cheese bites as a snack with a ​spicy sriracha mayonnaise, ranch dressing, or a honey mustard dip.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy saucepan to about 360 F, or until a cube of bread browns in about 30 seconds.
  2. Shape the cold macaroni and cheese into small balls.
  3. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs lightly with 2 tablespoons of milk.
  4. Dip the mac and cheese balls in bread crumbs, then into the beaten eggs, then in crumbs again.
  5. Drop carefully into hot fat and cook, turning, until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  1. Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm while making subsequent batches.

Variations and Tips

  • To keep batches warm while making more, place the drained fritters on a rack in a baking pan and place it in a 200 F oven.
  • Add some crumbled bacon, jalapeno peppers, diced pimientos, or cooked vegetables to the mac and cheese mixture before breading. 
  • Put a small chunk of ham or cheese in the center of each croquette before breading.
  • Add a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 158
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 69 mg
Sodium 219 mg
Carbohydrates 25 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 7 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)