Fried Goat Cheese Croutons

Goats cheese on maturing rack

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Makes 8 (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
431 Calories
38g Fat
10g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Makes 8 (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 431
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 266mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 11g
Calcium 105mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These "croutons" are a fantastic way to turn that boring salad into something very special. Goat cheese has a delicious tanginess that is even more intense when warmed.


  • 8 ounces goat cheese (the firm type, sold in logs)
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 cup ​panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (more or less for deep frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the goat cheese into 8 equal sized cubes. Dust the cheese lightly with the cayenne and black pepper.

  2. Mix the egg and milk together in a bowl. Gently toss the cheese in the egg until thoroughly coated.

  3. Roll the cheese in the panko until completely covered. Press the crumbs gently into the surface.

  4. Once thoroughly coated with crumbs, transfer to the freezer for at least 1 hour before frying.

  5. Fill a large saucepan with 4 inches of vegetable oil and heat to 350 F.

  6. Fry the cheese cubes for 3 to 4 minutes, or until well browned. The cheese should soft, but not completely liquefied.

  7. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain briefly.

  8. Serve the croutons warm over any tossed salad.