Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Come in and elevate your appetizer game with my Marinated Mozzarella Balls recipe! These delightful bites offer a unique fusion of Italian and Japanese flavors, perfect for easy entertaining or easy snacking dish. Dive into this simple yet flavorful recipe and make your appetizer experience unforgettable!

Marinated mozzarella balls being picked up with a spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

I love my Marinated Mozzarella Balls recipe because it effortlessly combines the flavors of an Italian Caprese salad with a hint of Japanese influence, reminiscent of my Tomato Basil Mozzarella Bites and Japanese Style Avocado dish! Using mozzarella pearls, fresh basil, olive oil, and a touch of soy sauce, I craft a unique fusion side dish that’s perfect for any occasion!

But what makes this dish truly special is the homemade marinade, inspired by my mother’s Caprese salad, infusing the mozzarella pearls with Japanese flavors for a delightful twist!

And the best part? It’s incredibly hassle-free to make – simply combine all the ingredients in a jar and enjoy right away, no marinating time needed! Perfect as an appetizer, it offers tender, creamy mozzarella pearls with hints of garlic, black pepper, and a touch of soy sauce. This recipe is ideal for anyone seeking an easy, protein-based appetizer side dish that’s quick to make and bursting with flavor!



  • Mozzarella Pearls – fresh mozzarella balls are packed in a jar or tub of water. Can be found in the fresh refrigerated cheese and deli section in grocery stores.
  • Olive Oil – extra virgin olive oil or olive oil of choice.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Salt sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Basil  freshly chopped basil.
  • Garlic – sliced fresh garlic cloves.

Additional Add Ins

Consider incorporating Red Peppers, Red Pepper Flakes, or Fresh Parsley into the mix for added flavor and a spicy kick. These ingredients will elevate the dish, providing a vibrant and refreshing twist that enhances its overall taste.

Marinated mozzarella balls served in a white plate.


Step 1 To make marinated mozzarella pearls, simply combine olive oil, soy sauce, salt, black pepper, sliced garlic, chopped basil, and mozzarella pearls in a mixing bowl, airtight container, or mason jar. Cover and stir occasionally.

Marinated mozzarella balls in a mixing bowl.

💡 Serving Pro Tip

Serve the dish Immediately after mixing at Room Temperature.

Recipe Variations

For a simple twist on this recipe, try making my mother’s inspired Tomato Basil Mozzarella Bites using fresh sliced mozzarella instead of using mozzarella pearls topped with sliced tomatoes!

Marinated mozzarella balls being picked up with a spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute basil with other herbs?

Yes, you can substitute basil with Italian parsley in this recipe. It adds a fresh and slightly different flavor profile but pairs well with the other ingredients.

Can I make the marinade in advance?

Yes, you can definitely make the marinade in advance! Prepare the marinade ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. When you're ready to use it, bring the marinade back to room temperature, give it a good mix as settling may occur, and then add in the mozzarella pearls.

Storage Tips

This recipe is best enjoyed promptly after preparation, but if you find yourself with extras, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply transfer the leftovers to an airtight container before refrigerating to maintain freshness and flavor.

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Marinated mozzarella balls served in a mason jar packed with fresh basil and garlic.

Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Discover the delightful fusion of flavors in my Marinated Mozzarella Balls recipe. Perfect for any occasion, these savory bites combine the freshness of mozzarella pearls with a unique homemade marinade. Enjoy them right away or store leftovers for up to 3 days. Try it today!
4.58 from 7 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Worldwide
Keyword: marinated mozzarella balls
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 345kcal


  • 8 oz Mozzarella 2.5g per Pearl
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2-3 Leaves Fresh Basil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for marinated mozzarella balls on the countertop.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil, soy sauce, salt and black pepper. Mix well and set aside.
    Brine for marinated mozzarella balls in a mixing bowl.
  • Chop basil leaves into squares and place into the small mixing bowl.
    Brine for marinated mozzarella balls in a mixing bowl.
  • Finely slice garlic and add into the small mixing bowl.
    Sliced garlic.
  • Drain water from the mozzarella pearl tub and add mozzarella pearls into the small mixing bowl. Mix well, saran wrap and store in fridge until ready to consume. Note - best consumed within 3 days.
    Mozzarella balls being marinated in mixing bowl.


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 101mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 580mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. I’ve actually never seen anything like this before. I’m going to have to try these. I love trying new foods. ?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Michelle – For sure! It’s a fusion creation and the best part of fusion is always creating something new!

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