Fried Cheese Curds

Fried cheese curds are a delicious deep fried appetizer or snack food often found at summer county fairs. Fresh cheese curds are battered with seasoned panko bread crumbs, then deep fried until the cheese melts. An easy, cheesy, crowd pleasing recipe!

Today I thought I’d share with you this quick and easy appetizer recipe for fried cheese curds, because…fried cheese.

I’ve been wanting to make these at home for some time now, but I’ve never gotten around to trying it. Then on my birthday, my boys and I spent the morning at Pike Place Market. We got some hot chocolate, watched the fish being thrown, sat on Rachel the Pig and watched some cheese get made.

Fried cheese curds are a delicious deep fried appetizer or snack food often found at summer county fairs. Fresh cheese curds are battered with seasoned panko bread crumbs, then deep fried until the cheese melts. An easy, cheesy, crowd pleasing recipe!

While we were watching the cheese being made, I decided that since it was my birthday, I was going to buy myself some Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Curds as a birthday present.

Best. Decision. Ever.

Fried cheese curds are a delicious deep fried appetizer or snack food often found at summer county fairs. Fresh cheese curds are battered with seasoned panko bread crumbs, then deep fried until the cheese melts. An easy, cheesy, crowd pleasing recipe!

We stop at Beecher’s every time we go to the market because Kellan and Preston like to watch them make the cheese. I, like to snack on the cheese. It’s a win, win for both of us. And while the cheese is fantabulous, the curds are where it’s at. Super flavorful and just the right amount of squeak that you’d expect from curds. I could snack on them all day.

What are cheese curds?

Whenever I think of cheese curds, the nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muffet comes to mind. They are simply the fresh curds of cheese, usually cheddar. They have a firm, rubbery texture and the freshest ones will even squeak when you bite into them hence the nickname “squeaky cheese”.

Crispy Fried Cheese Curds with Panko

Now fried cheese curds are every bit as good as their non-fried siblings BUT they are fried. And you simply cannot go wrong with fried cheese in my opinion.

Can you buy cheese curds?

Yes! Thank goodness. I have found cheese curds in my grocery store. They are often in the deli section near the fresh mozzarella and other specialty cheeses. I’ve also seen them at Costco.  If you can’t find them in your store, you can also order them online. I know Tillamook sells theirs online.

Fried cheese curds with panko bread crumbs.

How are fried cheese curds made?

Traditionally fried cheese curds are made with a wet batter. I have tried these multiple times, but if I’m being honest, my absolute favorite way to coat them is with panko bread crumbs. The panko bread crumbs make the coating really light and crunchy.

The bread crumbs may not coat the curds completely and some of cheese might start to ooze out a smidge. And it’s kind of my favorite because then you get crispy cheese edges.

Fried cheese curds are a delicious deep fried appetizer or snack food often found at summer county fairs. Fresh cheese curds are battered with seasoned panko bread crumbs, then deep fried until the cheese melts. An easy, cheesy, crowd pleasing recipe!

These homemade fried cheese curds are so good. They are crispy brown on the outside and perfectly melty on the inside. Everything a good fried curd should be. And they are perfect on their own. In fact, that I’m going to say they don’t even need a dip. Although, as with all my favorite fried things, ranch would be divine.

And if you are looking for more fried cheese, because like I said fried cheese is life, these Jalapeno Mozzarella Sticks are the bomb.

Fried Cheese Curds. Panko crusted cheese curds. #friedcheesecurds #cheesecurds

 Note: this post was originally published in 2014. Updated with new photos and a video in 2018.

Fried Cheese Curds Recipe

Serves 2 - 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5(8)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cheese curds
  • oil for frying
  • salt

Instructions

1

Set up an assembly line to coat the cheese curds. In one bowl, whisk together milk and egg. Place flour in another bowl. Place bread crumbs in a resealable plastic bag.

2

Dip the cheese curds in the milk and egg, then dredge in the flour, then back into the egg and place them in the bag with the bread crumbs and shake to coat. Repeat until all cheese curds are coated.

3

Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drop a piece of panko into the oil and if it sizzles it's hot enough. Fry the cheese curds, stirring often and in batches if necessary, just until golden brown. It's ok if a little of the cheese starts to melt out. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle lightly with salt, serve hot.

Notes

Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    September 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    This looks totally irresistible!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks
    September 13, 2018 at 6:45 am

    These fried cheese curds look great! We have a local food truck that makes them but now I can make them at home!

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    Liren | Kitchen Confidante
    September 12, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    OMG, squeezy, cheesy goodness!

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    Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes
    September 12, 2018 at 1:43 am

    These do sound tempting. I think my family would polish a batch off quickly.

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    Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie
    September 11, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    You had me at cheese! These would make a great appetizer at my house!

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    Shinee
    September 11, 2018 at 8:55 am

    OMG, Love me some cheese curd! Will have to try my hands at it! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    Jenn
    September 11, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Ohmygosh why have I never made cheese curds at home!? MARVELOUS – I need to make these ASAP! Thanks!

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    Abeer
    September 11, 2018 at 2:06 am

    I wouldn’t be able to stop snacking on these all day long!

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    Chrissie Baker
    September 11, 2018 at 1:58 am

    This is really very tasty! Perfectly! Thanks for the recipe! I want to try it!

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    Amanda
    September 10, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    The perfect comfort food!! I love these!

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    Marty
    September 2, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Very easy to prepare..and delish!

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      Deseree
      September 3, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Yay! So happy to hear you liked them Marty!

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    Barb Steele
    June 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    There is nothing better on the planet than squeaky curds, unless of course when they are breaded and deep-fried! Lived in WI my whole life, trust me!

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      Deseree
      June 29, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      My youngest LOVES cheese curds. We are able to watch the guys at Beecher’s (in Pike Place Market) make the cheese every once in a while and he insists on trying some. I haven’t made him these yet but I bet he’ll love them too! I mean…fried cheese is pretty much life, right? :)

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    Mez975
    February 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Just made these using real Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds I purchased from a local grocery store and they were amazing! I like them so much better than battered curds. Thanks for the recipe

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      Mez975
      February 20, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      I forgot Tom hit the star rating… I’d give them 5 stars!

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      Deseree
      February 21, 2018 at 10:50 am

      You are so welcome!

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
    November 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Oh my gosh! These look awesome! I lived in Wisconsin when I was super young but I do remember the cheese curds! One of the best, fresh from the dairy farmers!

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    ATasteOfMadness
    November 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    This looks amazing! The only time I have ever tried cheese curds is on poutine, but I would love to try them fried. I love this idea!

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    Krista
    October 31, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Oh gosh! This is the ultimate dish back home! I grew up in Wisconsin and this was “the thing to order”. Why have I not tried to make these at home? So trying it now! Love it girl!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    October 31, 2014 at 5:13 am

    My hubs just walked into the room as I pulled this up and I am pretty sure his taste buds fell off his head. His family is from WI, so he LOVES his cheese curds. And fried? Well, that’s just amazing. Pinned!