Fried Goat Cheese

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Easy fried goat cheese offers a wonderful combination of creamy, tangy interior and a crispy exterior making it a versatile and irresistible addition to salads, appetizers or a standalone snack.

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Easy Cheesy Fried Goat Cheese

I love goat cheese and I loved fried food so coating some cheese in breadcrumbs and frying them came naturally to me. I love these fried goat cheese bites on top of salads, as an appetizer, or with a dipping sauce – especially a spicy dipping sauce!

Fried goat cheese is truly a culinary delight with such strong contrasting textures. The tangy flavor of the goat cheese is beautifully enhanced when fried which creates a contrast to the golden crunchy exterior. When served in a green salad the crisp greens add a peppery refreshing bite, I prefer to use a sweet or acidic vinaigrette with fried cheese bites. Anyway, you like it – yum!

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How to Make Fried Goat Cheese

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Goat cheese (4 ounce) – Opt for a firm, aged variety of goat cheese for frying as it holds its shape well under heat and offers a creamy, tangy flavor that contrasts beautifully with a crispy coating.
  • Panko bread crumbs (½ cup) – Panko bread crumbs are larger and lighter than traditional bread crumbs, providing a crispier and airier texture that enhances the outer crust of fried foods.
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning (1 teaspoon) – Adding everything bagel seasoning to your breading mix infuses the fried goat cheese with a delightful blend of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion flakes, garlic flakes, and sea salt, boosting its flavor profile.
  • Sea salt (½ tsp) – A pinch of sea salt enhances the natural flavors of the goat cheese and the breading, elevating the overall taste of the dish.
  • Black pepper (½ tsp) – Freshly ground black pepper adds a subtle heat and spiciness that complements the tangy notes of the goat cheese, balancing the flavors in the dish.
  • Egg (1) – The egg acts as a binding agent in the breading process, helping the flour and panko adhere to the goat cheese slices for a consistent and even coating.
  • Water (1 tbsp) – Mixing a little water into the egg helps create a thinner, more workable wash for breading, ensuring a lighter coating that doesn’t overpower the delicate taste of the goat cheese.
  • Flour (? cup) – Flour is the first step in the breading process, dusting the goat cheese with a light coating that helps the subsequent layers of egg wash and panko crumbs stick better, ensuring a crisp finish.

Use this Method

Prep Cheese and Coatings. Slice a 4-ounce log of goat cheese into 8 disks. Add a teaspoon or two of Everything But The Bagel Seasoning to the bread crumbs and toss to combine. Whisk the egg together with a tablespoon of water to make an egg wash in a shallow bowl. Add the flour to a clean plate.

Assemble. Start by pressing the goat cheese into the flour. Next, dunk the cheese in the egg wash mixture, flipping to coat. Then, press the goat cheese in the panko bread crumbs.

Fry and Enjoy. Heat olive oil in a shallow pan over medium heat. Fry the goat cheese in the pan flipping every 15-30 seconds until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and serve immediately for the most delicious results. Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks for Making Easy Fried Goat Cheese

Choose the Right Cheese: Opt for a firm goat cheese that can hold its shape during frying. Cheeses labeled as “aged” or “semi-firm” are usually a good choice.

Chill the Cheese: Before slicing and frying, chill the goat cheese in the refrigerator or briefly in the freezer. This makes it easier to handle and helps maintain its shape during frying.

Slice Carefully: Use a sharp knife or unflavored dental floss to cut the goat cheese into rounds. This prevents the cheese from crumbling.

Double Dip for Extra Crunch: For a thicker, crunchier crust, double dip the cheese rounds in the egg and breadcrumbs before frying.

Control the Oil Temperature: Heat the oil to the right temperature, typically between 350°F and 375°F. If the oil is too hot, the cheese will burn; if it’s too cool, the cheese will absorb too much oil and become greasy.

Use Sufficient Oil: Deep frying or shallow frying both work well, but make sure there is enough oil to cover at least half the thickness of the cheese rounds. This ensures even cooking and browning.

Fry in Batches: Don’t overcrowd the pan as this can lower the oil temperature too much and lead to uneven cooking. Fry in small batches to keep the oil hot.

Drain Excess Oil: After frying, transfer the goat cheese rounds to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. This helps keep them crispy.

Serve Immediately: Fried goat cheese is best enjoyed warm, straight from the frying pan, when it’s at its crispiest and the cheese inside is delightfully gooey.

Experiment with Dipping Sauces: Serve fried goat cheese with a variety of dipping sauces, such as honey, marinara, or a balsamic reduction, to complement its flavors and add an extra layer of taste.

FAQs

What type of goat cheese works best for frying?

Opt for a firmer goat cheese, such as an aged or semi-firm variety, because it holds its shape better when fried.

How do I prevent the goat cheese from falling apart during frying?

Chill the cheese thoroughly in the refrigerator or briefly in the freezer before slicing and frying. This firmness makes it easier to handle and helps it maintain its shape when exposed to hot oil.

What kind of oil should I use for frying goat cheese?

Use a neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil. These oils are ideal for frying and won’t impart additional flavors to the cheese.

At what temperature should I fry the goat cheese?

Heat the oil to between 350°F and 375°F. Maintaining this temperature ensures that the goat cheese fries quickly and becomes crispy without absorbing too much oil.

How do I know when the oil is ready for frying?

You can check the oil temperature with a thermometer, or test it by dropping a small piece of breadcrumb into the oil. If it sizzles immediately without burning, the oil is ready.

Can I prepare fried goat cheese ahead of time?

Fried goat cheese is best served immediately after frying for the best texture and flavor. However, you can prepare the cheese rounds ahead of time by breading them and storing them in the refrigerator until ready to fry.

How can I make my fried goat cheese extra crispy?

For extra crispiness, double bread the cheese by dipping it twice in the egg wash and breadcrumbs. Also, ensure the oil is hot enough before you start frying.

What should I do if the cheese starts melting in the pan?

If the cheese begins to melt excessively, it might not have been chilled long enough before frying. To prevent this, make sure the cheese is very cold and firm to the touch, and try not to leave it in the hot oil for too long.

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What to Enjoy with Fried Goat Cheese

Honey: Drizzling honey over fried goat cheese enhances its natural tanginess with a touch of sweetness, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

Fresh Salad: Pairing fried goat cheese with a fresh green salad, such as arugula or spinach, adds a crunchy texture and a peppery flavor that complements the creamy cheese.

Fruit Chutney: A fruit chutney, like fig or apricot, provides a sweet and slightly tangy contrast to the rich, savory taste of the cheese, making each bite complex and satisfying.

Toasted Baguette: Served on slices of toasted baguette, fried goat cheese becomes a substantial appetizer or snack, with the crispy bread offering a sturdy base for the soft cheese.

Roasted Vegetables: Pairing with roasted vegetables like beets or squash can highlight the goat cheese’s creamy texture and deep-fried crust, adding a delightful earthiness to the meal.

Red Wine: A glass of red wine, especially a lighter variety like Pinot Noir, complements the robust flavors of the fried goat cheese, cutting through the richness with its acidity.

Balsamic Reduction: A drizzle of balsamic reduction adds a sweet and tangy flavor that enhances the goat cheese, making it even more delectable.

Crisp White Wine: A crisp, acidic white wine like Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with fried goat cheese, as it cleanses the palate and contrasts the creamy texture.

Nuts: Adding nuts such as walnuts or almonds provides a crunchy texture that contrasts well with the softness of the cheese, and their earthy flavors enhance its richness.

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Fried Goat Cheese

This crispy fried goat cheese is creamy and tangy on the interior and crisp on the outside perfect for an appetizer, snack, or salad topping.
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizers, cheese appetizers, fried cheese, goat cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 pieces
Calories 79kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell
Cost $6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice a 4-ounce log of goat cheese into 8 disks.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of Everything But The Bagel Seasoning to the bread crumbs and toss to combine.
  • Whisk the egg together with a tablespoon of water to make an egg wash in a shallow bowl.
  • Add the flour to a clean plate.
  • Start by pressing the goat cheese into the flour.
  • Next, dunk the cheese in the egg wash mixture, flipping to coat.
  • Then, press the goat cheese in the panko bread crumbs.
  • Heat olive oil in a shallow pan over medium heat.
  • Fry the goat cheese in the pan flipping every 15-30 seconds until golden brown.
  • Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and serve immediately for the most delicious results. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Delicious!

  2. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Yummy!