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Parmesan Garlic Balls

Easy Pizza Dough Garlic Balls

  • Author: She's Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


These rustic parmesan garlic balls are made with canned pizza dough, deep fried, and tossed in garlic butter for a great appetizer or game day snack.



1/4 cup unsalted butter*

34 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt*

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional

2 13.8-ounce cans refrigerated pizza dough (like Pillsbury)

Oil, for frying

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded, to taste

Chopped fresh herbs like parsley or basil, for garnish, optional


In a small pan, melt butter. Remove from heat then add garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.

In a medium pan, heat oil (at least 2″ deep) to 375 degrees F.

While oil heats, pinch off 1/2″ – 3/4″ pieces of pizza dough. Don’t make the pieces too large as they will not cook through. The dough will expand when frying.

Fry the dough balls in batches, about 2 minutes per batch, then remove and drain on paper towel. Continue frying the remaining dough balls.

Place the fried balls in a large bowl. Drizzle with the melted butter mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Toss to coat evenly.

Serve immediately (or keep warm in a low oven until ready to serve), topped with chopped fresh herbs and with marinara sauce on the side.


Want to avoid deep frying? Place the dough balls on a sheet pan and bake for 10-12 minutes in a 400 degree F oven. Toss them with the melted butter mixture as soon as they come out of the oven.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Snacks, Appetizers
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 306.03
  • Sugar: 6.1 g.
  • Sodium: 904.85 mg.
  • Fat: 9.61 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 4.9 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 47.24 g.
  • Fiber: 1.54 g.
  • Protein: 8.82 g.
  • Cholesterol: 17.38 g.

Keywords: refrigerated pizza dough, garlic, butter