Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Recipe

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This deep fried grilled cheese recipe is too good not to share! If you’ve ever eaten grilled cheese and thought “this could be less healthy” boy do I have a recipe idea for you! Save this recipe for your next cheat day and you won’t be disappointed.

I love my deep fryer. There’s so many delicious, moderately unhealthy foods you can cook in it. I also love experimenting and seeing what I can deep fry in there. (Spoilers: it’s everything.)

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You can deep fry almost anything if you coat it in batter. So today I decided to invent a deep fried grilled cheese recipe to satisfy my craving for fried comfort foods at lunchtime.

What Makes This the Best Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe?

Honestly? It’s how utterly simple it is! With only a basic batter, and your go-to grilled cheese recipe, you’re off to the races! It really is that simple. The only special piece of equipment you need for this recipe is a deep fryer. You may find that the grilled cheese sandwich is too large to pan fry, otherwise.

Take a bite, and watch the glorious melted cheese cascade into your mouth like a freshly baked pizza. This stuff is like fondue in a sandwich, and we couldn’t help but spread the word! Easy and cheap, that’s what makes this the best deep fried grilled cheese sandwich.

What Kind of Cheese Should You Use for Grilled Cheese?

Since they melt at relatively low temperatures, mozzarella, cheddar and Gruyere. These three, wonderfully creamy cheeses melt into liquid perfection by the time the grilled cheese is done cooking.

Generally speaking, you aren’t strictly limited to these types of cheeses either. The easiest way to adjust the recipe for a firmer cheese is simply to grill the sandwich covered, at a lower temperature. This will give the grilled cheese a chance to melt substantially before you batter it up! Before sending it into the fryer, make sure you don’t have a solid block of cheese in the middle of your sandwich!sti

Can You Make This Grilled Cheese for a Group?

Absolutely! Simply pick up where you left off with your fist sandwich, and start off by multiplying the batter ingredients. You’ll find it’s easy to scale by grilling one sandwich, while the first is in the fryer. Be careful not to deep more than one sandwich at a time! This could cause them to stick together and come apart prematurely.

After cooking a few deep fried grilled cheese sandwiches, simply cut them into deliciously bit sized pieces. You can arrange triangles, strips, (or cookie-cutter shapes!) along a platter in whatever way you’d like! Bonus tip: add some dipping sauces to turn this into a finger-licking good appetizer for a group!

About This Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Recipe

How can I describe this recipe? The sandwich comes out crunchy and savory, yet melty and sweet all at the same time. It’s truly the ultimate comfort food.

If you do it right the cheese should come out melty and delicious. By grilling the sandwich first, it doesn’t come out mushy. Instead, you get the texture of a grilled cheese sandwich still but with a gooey center.

The Best Deep Fried Grilled Cheese

Deep fried grilled cheese sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • Grilled cheese sandwich, prepared
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup milk + more if needed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt (pinch)


    1. Preheat deep fryer to 375 degrees.
    2. Prepare and cook a grilled cheese sandwich using your favourite method.
    3. While your sandwich is cooking, combine batter ingredients in a large bowl. Batter should resemble pancake mixture and be thick enough to stick to your sandwich, but thin enough to coat it. Add additional milk until it reaches your desired consistency.
    4. Drop the entire sandwich into the batter and coat evenly.
    5. Place the battered sandwich in your deep fryer and cook for 8 minutes or until dark golden brown.
    6. Cool and serve!


Make sure your sandwich gets complete submerged in the batter when coating. You also don't need to cool the sandwich between grilling and coating in batter.

How to Make Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Spicy

Want to add a kick to this cheesy, mouthwatering comfort dish? It can be as simple as adding a couple ingredients, but the possibilities are endless! Here’s a few simple ways to kick up the heat while still being able to enjoy the texture and flavor of this crispy delight:

  • Place chopped or raw jalapenos in middle before grilling the sandwich; preferably between two pieces of cheese so they don’t make the bread too soggy!
  • Mix some smoked or regular paprika into the dry ingredients before making the batter, (you could also use red pepper flakes or even chili powder.
  • Siracha mayo makes for an excellent condiment or dipping sauce you can pair with one of these deep fried grilled cheese sandwiches!
  • Drizzle them with a habanero sauce to compliment the crispy, flakey texture of these sandwiches with a flavorful kick!

Tips for Making Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Any problems that you’ll encounter deep frying start and end with the oil itself. The go-to deep frying temperature is 325-375 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, be sure you’re using an oil that’s suitable for deep frying!

The best types of oil for deep frying are:

  • Canola oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Vegetable oil

Now that we’ve got the oil sorted out, you may need to adjust your batter mixture a bit. First, to test your oil and your batter at once, drop a small amount in the heated oil. If it’s bubbling nicely and slowly becoming an appetizing golden-brown color, you’re on the right track!

If all else fails, it might just be the technique you’re using! When you’re deep frying something like a sandwich that is coated in batter, you can’t simply lower it in with a basket. The best way to place it in the oil is by carefully letting it down into the oil by hand, (or with a pair of tongs!)

How to Deep Fry a Sandwich Safely and Easily

Slowly place the sandwich into the hot oil, as you dip it in allow the first part to fry for just a moment before gently letting go and moving your hand away from the hot oil. If your batter works and the temperature is right, the sandwich will bob up towards the surface of the oil after briefly submerging as it begins to fry.

Avoid using something like a fryer basket or even a slotted metal spoon since you’re more likely to end up with a battery mess and a ruined sandwich.

Hopefully you enjoy this one as much as I do. It would make a perfect recipe for your next party or to enjoy during a sports game. Can you say Superbowl Snacks?

There’s so much more you can make in a home deep fryer than just french fries! Yes, it’s not as healthy as an air fryer or other cooking methods, but it’s great for delicious comfort food every now and then.

If you don’t have a deep fryer you could pan fry this recipe but it may not come out as crisp or evenly cooked. If you do pan fry, try and completely submerge the sandwich in oil (or at least flip it halfway through) and don’t overheat your oil.

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