I have my freezer stacked with all kinds of meatballs! They are “life savior”; when you are busy or lazy to cook, you just get them out of the freezer, cook & lunch is served in no time! Once a month, I buy about 3-4 kilos of minced meat, mix each kilo with spices & herbs, shape into balls & freeze!

I shared with you before my healthy oven baked burghul meatballs but this time we are going the opposite side with a fried meatballs recipe! I have a weakness to anything fried … Not that I eat it every day but once a week, we have to enjoy a crispy fried dish.

In this recipe, I am using lean meat & substituting the fat with mustard & butter; which makes the meatballs very moist & gives them a richer amazing taste.

As much as I love fried food, you know I am not into the “2-3 layers of coating” process (too much mess, time & dishes) so you will simply mix the meat ingredients, shape the balls & coat with breadcrumbs! As Ina Garten says, “How easy is that?”.


  • Servings: 7
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 kg lean minced meat لحم مفروم صافى
  • 1 onion finely minced بصلة مبشورة ناعم
  • 3/4 bunch parsley minced بقدونس مفروم
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tsp allspice بهارات مشكلة
  • 1 tbsp soft butter or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp worcesterchire sauce
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper

For breading:

  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs بقسماط ناعم
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn meal دقيق ذرة أصفر
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan (optional)
  • Oil for frying


  • In a large bowl, mix the minced meat with all the ingredients.
  • Shape the mixture into balls & refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  • Mix the breading ingredients & coat the meatballs with the breadcrumbs mixture.
  • Fry the meatballs in hot oil over medium heat until they become golden brown.


  1. If you aren’t using lean meat, omit the butter.
  2. Don’t coat the meatballs with the breadcrumbs then refrigerate as the coating will be absorbed in the meatballs & you won’t have a crispy exterior.
  3. The breaded meatballs can be placed in the freezer for up to a month.
  4. Fry the frozen meatballs directly (without de-frosting) in hot oil over medium low heat to make sure they are cooked all through.

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