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Fried Pizza Bites Recipe

While I was browsing the internet the other day looking for some inspiration, I stumbled across these Fried Mozzarella Bites and I knew I had to make them. My recent homemade pizza was a big hit and I immediately thought these would be a big hit as well.  Only instead of just cheese, I added some pepperoni and made mini pizza bites.

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And, they were ah-mazing!  And because we liked them so much, I wanted to share the recipe with y’all!  In keeping with the simple recipes with simple ingredients idea, I kept the ingredients as simple as possible — starting with mozzarella string cheese.  You could use a block of mozzarella, but I think it is easier to just cut up some string cheese.  Place the cut up string cheese in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

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While the cheese is in the freezer, you can use this time to cut up the turkey pepperoni into smaller pieces.  Once the cheese has been in the freezer for 30 minutes, take it out and use store bought refrigerated pizza dough, cut up turkey pepperoni and chilled cheese to start making little pizza bites.  I started by getting a piece of cheese, adding a few pieces of the small cut up turkey pepperoni and using a small piece of refrigerated pizza dough to wrap it all up.

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To keep the little balls from getting stuck to each other, roll them in flour while the oil is heating.  The size of your pan will decide how many will fit in a batch.  I wouldn’t put too many at one time because they could stick if there is too many in the pan.  While the pizza bites are cooking, use a slotted spoon to keep the bites moving around in the oil.  They can get dark really quick, so keep ’em movin’!

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I had a hard time finding the perfect temperature for the oil.  The first batch didn’t turn out well because the outside got too dark before the inside was finished cooking.  I found that having the dial right between 4 and 5 on my stove worked best.  When the pizza bites get a nice golden brown color, they are ready!

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Oh my goodness, these bad boys were incredibly yummy!  I served them with a small bowl of pizza sauce but you could also serve them with a marinara.

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Fried Pizza Bites Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Fried Pizza Bites with refrigerated pizza dough, mozzarella and turkey pepperoni.


  • 4 mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 package of refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 package turkey pepperoni (there will be leftovers)
  • vegetable oil (depends on size of pan)
  • pizza sauce or marinara, for dipping


  • Cut string cheese into small pieces. I got 10 pieces from each string cheese. Place cut string cheese into the freezer for 30 minutes. Cut pepperoni into small triangles. I got 6 small triangles from each pepperoni. Set aside. Heat oil to medium.
  • Take a piece of cheese, several pieces of turkey pepperoni and small piece of refrigerated pizza dough and create a ball. I found it easier to tear a small piece of dough, place a couple pieces of pepperoni, add cheese on top of the pepperoni and put a couple more pieces of pepperoni and roll the dough over the cheese and pepperoni. Roll in flour. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • When the oil is ready, begin gently placing your pizza balls into the pan. Don't overcrowd the pan. Use a slotted spoon to keep them moving to prevent sticking and overcooking. When they get a nice golden brown color, they're ready.
  • Remove from oil and cool on paper towel for a couple of minutes before serving with pizza sauce or marinara.

    About Crystal

    Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


    1. 1

      Yum, that sounds good! I’ve made homemade pizza a lot, but these bites look delicious!

    2. 2

      Oh wow those look yummy. Will have to try those.

    3. 3

      Yum!! I love bite size snacks 🙂

    4. 4

      Your blog is gonna make me fat Crystal…LOL!

    5. 6

      Oh there you go making me hungry again!

    6. 7

      I stumbled this one Crystal, it’s a great idea!

    7. 9
      Donna B. says:

      Those do look delicious! I wonder how they would be if I added the tiniest bit of marinara to the inside instead? Maybe a bit of basil too, or oregano. I’ll have to experiment with this one 🙂

    8. 11

      Another recipe of yours that sounds delicious!

    9. 12

      Oh we love pizza, thanks for this!

    10. 13
      karen M says:

      Sounds Yummy, I know the kids will gobble these up. they remind of of the Pizza Rolls.! Thanks for sharing

    11. 14

      Those look AMAZING!!!!! Anything remotely resembling pizza and its flavors is a must for me. 🙂

    12. 15

      I bet my boys would love these!

    13. 16

      mmmm I’m gonna try with sauce inside, haven’t figured out the logistics yet but I’m gonna try

    14. 17

      Yum these sound delicious!!!

    15. 18
      Kasandria Reasoner says:

      Yummy and easy! A winning combination!

    16. 19

      Those look so delicious and super easy to make!!

    17. 20

      How cute are those??!! My little guy loves pizza…these would be the perfect snack to try with him.

    18. 21

      YUM!! def bookmarking this recipe!

    19. 22

      These look so good! I will definitely have to give these a try. Thanks!

    20. 23

      alright, now this is super clever and they look SO good! Will try.

    21. 24

      These make me hungry as well as turn me on….

    22. 25

      So simple and so beautiful. I’ve never actually tried Turkey Pepperoni but now I’m interested. I like Turkey bacon a lot so I’m assuming it’ll be delicious 🙂

    23. 26

      I am definitely going to try these. I always have all the ingredients on hand and I bet my kids would LOVE them. Thanks for the recipe.

    24. 27

      You popped up while I’m stumbling 🙂

    25. 28
      Stephanie says:

      I stumbled upon these and they looked so good I went and made them! They are amazing! 🙂

    26. 29

      Super yummy recipe!

    27. 30

      What a great recipe! My kids love to help me make homemade pizza and this would be a great family movie night addition. Thanks for sharing..I stumbled this post 🙂

    28. 31

      Sounds great, but I was wondering if you could bake them? I’ve got a husband with a family history of high cholesterol and heart attacks at young age. Always gotta be looking for healthy alternatives! Do you think you’d bake them according to the bread package?

    29. 33

      The kids and I made these today for lunch…they love them 🙂 I added a little bit of pizza sauce to the inside before adding the cheese and pepperoni and then rolled up the dough…it worked really well but next time my oil needs to be not so hot..thanks for the recipe

    30. 35

      Can you bake them??????????????????

    31. 37

      I’m going to try baking them too! I’ll let you know how it turns out they look real yummy!!

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