Marinated Mozzarella Balls

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Marinated mozzarella balls are an easy appetiser that is full of delicious flavours. Garlic, extra virgin olive oil, herbs, pepper and a little chilli combined with the creamy mozzarella taste so delicious.

This is the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer ready in just 5 minutes and perfect served with crusty bread, focaccia and delicious Italian antipasti!

Top view a white plate full of marinated mozzarella balls.

In my book, there are so many dishes that can be improved with mozzarella. I keep this fresh, versatile cheese in my fridge at all times for the most delicious mozzarella recipes, including pizza (of course!), caprese skewers, salad and last minute bruschetta.

Is there anything cheese can’t fix? : )

And this simple mozzarella recipe is one of my go-to appetizers: quick to make, economical, versatile and fresh. It’s also naturally glutenfree and vegetarian.

The baby mozzarella balls are marinated in a combo of olive oil, garlic, herbs and seasonings, with a bit of heat for fun. I’ve kept things simple by using convenient dried herbs and some fresh parsley, but you can certainly play around using your fav fresh or dried herbs.

The recipe couldn’t be easier than this, but the end result is so YUMMY that I’m sure you’ll be making these marinated mozzarella balls again and again!

List of the ingredients

  • Baby mozzarella balls
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • Salt & pepper
Top view of the ingredients to make marinated mozzarella balls over a white background.

How to make Marinated mozzarella balls

(Note: this is a quick description, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)

  • Add the herbs, the garlic, the seasoning and the olive oil in a bowl and mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  • Drain the baby mozzarella balls and add them to the marinade.
  • Gently toss with a spoon to ensure each mozzarella ball is coated.
  • Add to an airtight container and store in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour before serving to allow the flavours to develop.
  • Serve with crusty bread, buon appetito!
Top view of a glass bowl full of marinated mozzarella balls.

Recipe notes

Mozzarella balls: this recipe works best with fresh mozzarella in water, especially baby mozzarella balls (bocconcini, ciliegine or pearls) which make the perfect bite-sized appetizer.  Although visually less appealing, cubed fresh mozzarella will do too!

Extra virgin olive oil: it’s the key in this recipe, make sure you use good-quality olive oil for the best flavor.

Herbs: you can use dried oregano and Italian seasoning for their Mediterranean flavor, they both work very well with fresh mozzarella but you’re more than welcome to use only fresh herbs such as thyme and parsley.

Garlic: who doesn’t love that hint of garlic?!

Chili flakes: optional, for a touch of heat.

Salt & pepper: for this recipe I used cracked mixed peppercorns, I love the mild peppery flavor and the color along with fresh mozzarella. But feel free to use freshly ground black pepper instead, and adjust the seasoning to your taste.

Close-up of a white plate full of marinated mozzarella balls in plenty of olive oil and dried herbs.

How to serve marinated mozzarella balls

I love so much these marinated mozzarella balls because are super versatile, they make a fantastic Italian appetizer, but they’re also great to add flavor and texture to last minute salads or pastas.

It’s a no brainer to reach out the fridge and toss a few of them into this quick tomato basil pasta, pasta with zucchini or with arugula pesto or a fresh, simple lettuce salad. Also, you can use marinated mozzarella to top these scrumptious tomato focaccia or olive focaccia!

Last but not least, when you bring your marinated mozzarella to the table, you’ll want to serve them with forks or toothpicks to pick them up. They’re wet, soft and oily, definitely not meant to be eating with hands. : )

How to store them

Keep these marinated mozzarella balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last for up to 4 days. Once refrigerated the olive oil naturally solidifies, all you have to do is to remove the container from the fridge to bring it back at room temperature an hour before serving.

Close-up of plenty of baby mozzarella balls in olive oil with herbs over a white plate.

More Italian appetizers?

You might be interested in these terrific  appetizer recipes perfect for an Italian-style dinner party with family and friends!

If you make these marinated mozzarella balls, or you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you! x

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Top view of a white plate full of marinated mozzarella balls with olive oil and herbs.
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5 from 3 votes

Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Marinated mozzarella balls are an easy appetiser that is full of delicious flavours. Garlic, extra virgin olive oil, herbs, pepper and a little chilli combine with the creamy mozzarella taste so delicious.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: marinated mozzarella balls
Servings: 6
Author: Katia


  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (or Italian herb seasoning)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes, optional
  • 2 cups (300 grams) baby mozzarella balls, drained


  • Add olive oil, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper and chili flakes to a bowl, mix with a fork or whisk until well combined.
  • Drain the mozzarella balls, add them to the rest of the ingredients and toss until well coated. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, then toss again.
  • Let the mozzarella marinated for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to four days, and serve at room temperature with crusty bread.


  1. Daniel Figueroa says:

    5 stars
    I am using this for my taco Truck project 🙂

    1. Mozzarella balls and tacos? Why not? : )

  2. Fawn Engebretson says:

    5 stars
    Sounds delicious!

    1. Glad you like the recipe! : )

  3. Michael C says:

    5 stars
    What does etiquette say?
    individual servings are rather straight-forward. No dilemma.. The question comes up when they are served a
    on a shared plate..

    Are these spredable? Or, are they considered “finger food”?

    Does one simply pick them up, using one’s fingers , and place them on a slice of crusty Italian bread?

    1. Good question, Michael, I’m adding a note right now!!
      Mozzarella balls are not spreadable and since they are wet and soft, they’re not meant to be eaten with hands. Everyone should use a fork or a toothpick to pick them up.
      Thanks for pointing this out. x

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