How to Make Fried Cheese, Mexican Style

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    A Delicious Mexican Snack

    Queso Blanco
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    Fried cheese is a Mexican delicacy and perfect for an appetizer or afternoon snack. Be mindful that not every cheese will work—you need a cheese that is slightly spongy, and a little bit crumbly. Other cheeses may just melt in the oil and make a big mess. This dish is not deep fried but rather pan-fried in a hot non-stick skillet.


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    Starting With Fresh Cheese

    fresh queso blanco

    To make this recipe, choose your favorite fresh Mexican cheese. Queso Blanco is ideal for frying but queso fresco will work as well. You may also find queso de freier, which means "frying cheese." Unwrap the cheese from its packaging and place on a cutting board or plate.

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    Slicing the Cheese

    sliced queso blanco

    Since the cheese is fried in finger-like pieces, you need to cut the cheese twice. First, slice it lengthwise into about 1/2-inch sticks.

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    Slicing the Cheese a Second Time

    thinly sliced queso blanco

    You want each piece to be easy to eat with your hands, so the cheese needs to be cut one more time. Cut the slices lengthwise again, to form evenly-sized sticks.

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    Frying the Cheese

    queso blanco strips in a pan

    Heat up a non-stick pan over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Place the cheese sticks, a few at a time, in the hot pan, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. You will see the edges start to bubble, but the cheese will not melt. 

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    Turn the cheese

    frying queso blanco

    Once the underside is golden, using a spatula, turn the cheese to its next side. Continue to cook until brown, turning the pieces of cheese until all four of the sides of each are brown.​

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    Serve the cheese

    a plate of fried queso blanco

    Remove the hot cheese to a paper towel to absorb any greasiness. Serve immediately (or within minutes) with your favorite salsa. Fried cheese is also delicious with fruit preserves.