Fried Cheese Curds

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Fried Cheese Curds just like at your local state fair without the lines, dirt or crazy expensive prices. Forget plain old fried mozzarella sticks!

Appetizers, especially fried ones, are always the hit of the party or state fair and these cheese curds are no exception. We love to serve them along side Buffalo Chicken Tenders and Fried Pickles.

Fried Cheese Curds
 Fried Cheese Curds

Fried Cheese Curds aren’t just for the state fair anymore. I know most people don’t buy cheese curds at the grocery store as a general rule but if you’ve ever enjoyed fried cheese curds then you know how much better than mozzarella sticks they are.

How do you make fried cheese curds?

  • Let the curds sit at room temperature until they start to “sweat” a little before coating them in flour.
  • Make a tempura like batter using flour, baking powder, salt and club soda.
  • Cook them until golden brown and don’t pile them on top of each other or they’ll deflate and ooze cheese out.
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What is the difference between cheese and cheese curds?

When cheese is made it starts as pasteurized milk before rennet is added to firm the cheese before cooking. Once cooked pressure is added to create a firm cheese and expel any remaining whey. Cheese curds (if fresh they squeak!) are similar to cheese but they don’t go through the final pressing process.

What kind of cheese do you use for cheese curds?

Most fried cheese curds are made using mozzarella cheese curds, but cheddar cheese curds are equally delicious!

Should I refrigerate cheese curds? NO! Absolutely not. Buy cheese curds as fresh as you can and leave them out for up to 24 hours. Do not refrigerate them as they will lose their “squeak” and that is generally a sign of freshness in cheese curds. Just be sure you’re buying them with plans to use them soon.

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Fried Cheese Curds

5 from 7 votes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Course: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Fried Cheese Curds just like at your local state fair without the lines, dirt or crazy expensive prices. These will make you forget you ever liked plain old fried mozzarella sticks!


  • 1 pound cheese curds at room temperature
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup club soda
  • canola oil for frying


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Let the curds sit at room temperature until they start to "sweat" a little before coating them in flour then freeze them for 60 minutes.

  2. Use the remaining flour and add it to a bowl with the baking powder, salt and club soda, whisking until smooth.
  3. Heat a pot of oil 3 inches deep to 360 degrees.
  4. Add the cheese curds to the batter using a skimmer to let the excess batter drain before adding them to the hot oil and cooking them for one minute until golden brown, stirring them after about 30 seconds.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: 186 calories, Calories: 186g, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 348mg, Potassium: 61mg, Calcium: 295g, Iron: 0.5g

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  1. I cooked these for mothers day for my wife ( we did mothers day early, due to scheduling). They definitely earned the 5 stars, and brought back memories of my several trips to Wisconsin. I tried to make some on my own other ways and it was always a disaster. If you are looking for the real deal, this is it! Thanks for sharing. I printed it , and put it in my recipe book! Woohoo!!

  2. I live in south Louisiana, I first tried cheese curds at my sisters home in Wisconsin. They were so good. You cannot find cheese curds in south Louisiana. I asked someone once where i could find them and they thought I was nuts.

  3. Sorry but this failed for me completely. I have a bunch of melted cheese in canola oil now. Maybe it is better to freeze the curds and then dip in batter. I won’t be trying this again!

    1. Oh no! Thanks for catching that. It should’ve read that it should have been frozen. Hope you’ll give it another shot!