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Fried Cheese

Fried cheese is a real triple threat–crunchy, comforting, and super flavorful–and the best way to add a little something extra to a hearty bowl of soup.


homemade fried cheese breaded with flour, salt, pepper, garlic and panko piled on a plate
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Why Is Fried Cheese So Good?

To be honest, this is one of life’s great mysteries, but we’re guessing that the answer has something to do with cheese. We’re big fans of cheese, and lightly battering, breading it in panko, and a quick fry in oil really knocks it out of the park. For this home run of a dish, we use medium yellow cheddar for its excellent melting point. You’ll be sure to have a crunchy, toasted exterior, and a fun cheesy pull with this fried cheese bites recipe.

flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, eggs, panko, cheddar cubes and vegetable oil in bowls to make homemade fried cheese

Fried Cheddar Cheese Is Our Favorite Food Group

Okay, okay, fried cheese is not a food group, but it’s a great accompaniment to some of our favorite things like soup and dipping sauces. We’d also like to recommend making this fried cheese recipe for a snack sometime–we guarantee you’ll get some smiles out of your audience!!

cheese cubes breaded with flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, eggs and panko frying in a pot of vegetable oil
Fried cheese breaded with flour, spices, eggs and panko being scooped out of a pot of vegetable with a spider strainer

How To Make Fried Cheese

As with any frying project, we recommend setting up your work area for success. This means a great mise en place, with bowls lined up for the breading, a clear frying area, and a separate cooling area after you finish frying. Here’s how we like to prepare our kitchen to make fried cheese:

  1. Set up three bowls, one each for flour and seasonings, egg, and finally panko.

  2. Dredge each piece of cheddar carefully, making sure that everything is evenly coated at each step (flour, egg, and panko).

  3. Transfer the prepared cheese to a plate or small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Making fried cheese requires an additional step of freezing the cheese for thirty minutes before frying, so the outer shell gets perfectly browned and crispy without overcooking the cheese.

  4. Once the cheese is extra cold, heat oil to temperature, and fry cheese in batches. Cook until golden brown, about three minutes.

  5. Using a spider strainer, or similar tool, remove cheese from the hot oil, and carefully transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil.

  6. You’ll be tempted to eat these right away, but please don’t make the hot pizza mistake! Allow to cool slightly, and serve warm.

Fried cheese breaded with flour, spices, eggs and panko being scooped out of a pot of vegetable with a spider strainer

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Fried Cheese And Friends

If you don’t eat all of the fried cheese as soon as it reaches the perfect temperature, we recommend a few of the following recipes for excellent dipping pairings. Our favorite of all being this creamy Tomato Bisque!

Calling All Cheese Lovers

If you manage to snap a photo of your fried cheese before it’s all gone, we’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

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Fried Cheese

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  40 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 595


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups panko
  • 1 pound medium yellow cheddar
  • 1 quart vegetable oil


  1. Prepare a small baking sheet or plate with parchment paper. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. To a second bowl add the eggs and beat until smooth. To a third bowl add the panko.

  2. Cut the cheese into 1-inch pieces. Working with one piece at a time, dip the cheese into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Next dip it into the egg mixture, coating all sides, letting the excess drip off. Lastly, gently press the cheese into the panko until coated on all sides. Transfer the cheese to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining cheese. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

  3. Line a plate with a paper towel, set aside. In a large pot and using a deep fry thermometer, bring 1 quart of oil to 375°F over medium-high heat. Remove the cheese from the freezer. Working in small batches gently lower the prepared cheese into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using a metal straining spoon, transfer the cheese to the paper towel lined plate. Continue with remaining cheese.

  4. Let cool slightly. Serve warm.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories595
  • Protein25 g
  • Carbohydrates24 g
  • Total Fat45 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol129 mg
  • sodium906 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Fried Cheese

Questions & Reviews

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  • Maureen

    Can I leave them in the freezer longer than the 30 minutes before frying? I am thinking about 9 or 10 hours?

    Yes, but they might take a little linger in the fryer. But the cheese will eventually melt even from frozen. Maybe let them thaw a little bit before frying them.

  • Robin

    Can this be made ahead of time and frozen for a longer period of time? If so, how long would it stay good in the freezer?

    Yes, Robin! Allow them to cool completely, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet, cover, and freeze for a few hours or overnight. Once the sticks are frozen, transfer them to a zip-top bag labeled with the date. Freeze for up to three months.

  • Samantha

    How many balls does this make?

    I LOVE your other recipe, the penne ale vodka one with panchetta, it's to DIE for!!!

    Thanks! About 16!

  • heidi

    can you bake this instead of frying it?

    We haven't tried baking them!

  • Mary

    Can I also do this in an air fryer?

    Probably but we haven't tested it!

  • Colleen

    Wonderful recipe! I love serving these bites with a really cold bowl of apple butter for dipping.


  • Jenn

    These were so delicious. We ate them with tomato soup and my whole family devoured them!

    So glad everyone loved them! They're so fun!