Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

For your next casual gathering, try these delicious, crispy deep-fried cheese curds served with an assortment of dipping sauces for a real crowd-pleaser.

Wisconsin Cheese Deep-Fried Cheese Curds Recipe
Active Time
40 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Cheese Curds can be used in this recipe.


  1. Toss cheese curds with 1/4 cup flour in a large bowl, shaking off any extra. Freeze cheese curds in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet or in a container for 1 hour.
  2. Combine the baking powder, salt, pepper and remaining flour in a large bowl. Whisk in buttermilk and beer until blended.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or deep-fat fryer to 375°F.
  4. Dip cheese curds, 4 to 6 curds at a time, into the batter. Fry curds, in batches, in vegetable oil for 1-2 minutes on each side or until light golden brown. (Do not crowd in the pan.) Drain curds on paper towels. Repeat step with remaining curds and batter. Serve cheese curds immediately with sauce if desired.

Recipe Tips

For best results, allow oil temperature to return to 375°F between frying each batch.| DIY Dipping Sauces: These fried cheese curds are great on their own or served with a tasty dipping sauce. Here are four easy options to try:| Sriracha Ketchup: 1/2 cup ketchup + 1 to 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot chili sauce| Chipotle Ranch: 1/2 cup prepared ranch dressing + 1 tablespoon chipotle-flavored hot sauce| Honey Mustard Aioli: 1/2 cup mayonnaise + 1/4 cup prepared mustard + 2 tablespoons honey| Lemon Dill Tartar Sauce: 1/2 cup mayonnaise + 1 teaspoon lemon zest + 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice + 1 teaspoon dill pickle relish + 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

Cheesemonger Tip

Select for cheesemonger info

Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Cheese curds are an essential part of the cheesemaking process. They're often pressed to form a cheese wheel or block. They're also a delicious snack all on their own, whether fresh or fried.

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