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Power of Suggestion {Recipe: Fried Cheese Curds}

Marketers love me. They really do.

I’m their target for commercials because it takes very, very little for me to get an idea stuck in my head and then I need that idea to come to fruition right that very minute. I’m the perfect case study for the power of suggestion.

My husband knows better than to even mention possibly picking up Chipotle for dinner because I can’t hear that word without needing to run there right then for my favorite burrito bowl. (See…guess what I’m going to have to have for lunch today, now?)

So it’s no surprise that when a few food blogger friends and I were chatting the other day and the topic of fried cheese curds came up, I had to investigate right away. Little, bite size cheese curds, lightly breaded, then fried to perfection? What’s not to love?

After trying these, battered using a light egg and milk mixture then dredged in Zatarains Wonderful Fish-Fri I have a hard time believing there could be a better snack out there. And yes, it’s fried, but so worth it.

If you are looking for some weekend nibbles… a snack to feed the hungry game day crowd…this will be one they’ll remember. And trust me, you won’t be able to get them out of your head until you give them a try, so just do it! Enjoy!

For this recipe, I highly recommend using high quality, cheese curds. Two of my favorite places to buy fresh cheese online is Heber Valley Artisan Cheese and Rogue Creamery Cheese Shop.

Fried Cheese Curds

Fried Cheese Curds

A quick and tasty game day appetizer using Zatarain's Wonderful Fish-Fri and fresh cheese curds.



  1. Pour 2-inches of oil in a deep skillet. Carefully heat to medium-high.
  2. In a small bowl, combine milk and egg until well blended.
  3. Place cheese curds in the milk and egg mixture.
  4. Pour Zatarains Wonderful Fish-Fri into a small bowl.
  5. Remove cheese curds from milk and egg mixture, 1 handful at a time, and place in fish-fry. Coat each cheese curd with fish-fry.
  6. Using a slotted, long handled spoon, place cheese curds in pre-heated oil. Allow to fry for 10 seconds or less, until a light golden brown. Using the same slotted spoon, remove curds from oil and place on a paper towel for excess oil to drain off.
  7. Serve warm.
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  1. Pass the curds please :)

  2. Oh my gosh, those look so good and easy to make! I love the flavors in Zatarain’s Fish Fry, such a creative idea.

  3. Mmmm… it’s tough to find cheese curds around these parts. But man, I do love the way they taste (and they way they squeak when you eat them!!) Great post.

  4. I relate – once I’m an set on an idea, I don’t give it up, especially with Chipotle. And now with cheese curds. Who doesn’t love fried cheese!!

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten cheese curds but I think I’m falling under their spell. They sound delicious and something I may have to try! I love Zatarains and use it for nearly everything I fry since we are such a Cajun loving family. Not sure where I’ll get the cheesed curds. Possibly Whole Foods has them? I don’t think I have the time to order them online since I’m ready for them now! Thanks for sharing. They look lovely.

  6. I loooove cheese curds. I can’t believe I’ve never tried making my own.

  7. Okay, a.) I LOVE cheese curds. 2.) I love FRIED cheese curds. VI.) I am the same exact way about Chipotle. We should have lunch sometime! xo

  8. AH! I was just at home depot yesterday and I was eyeing the floor tiles and these super cool metal ceiling tiles they had on display and was thinking how cool they would be for food photo backgrounds. Can you buy just one tile? I was even looking at the wood flooring displays thinking ” I want to buy those too” ha ha

    I tried cheese curds once when I was at a conference in Wisconsin, I believe that is home of the cheese curd, and I was 26 weeks pregnant and TOTALLY not into them. I really wanted to like them. But these ones you made look a hundred times better than the ones I tried. Maybe I will get this recipe a go!

  9. A Thought For Food says:

    I do enjoy fried cheese curds! These look fantastic! And I’m LOVING the new site design!

  10. Mmm, fried cheese curds!..this is something I’d love to try.It looks soo good and I can only imagine how good it is!

  11. Sweet Basil says:

    hAHAHA, I sure love you. These are amazing. What are the boards you are shooting on and in front of ps?

  12. Sweet Basil says:

    hAHAHA, I sure love you. These are amazing. What are the boards you are shooting on and in front of ps?

  13. On My Plate says:

    I heart fried cheese curds (or cheese balls, as they are called in my neck of the woods). I have never made them at home, though. Will have to try this.

  14. Lisa Thiele says:

    these look dangerously good! by the way – I’m so in love with your new site design – it’s so fresh and absolutely beautiful!

  15. Milisa Armstrong says:

    Cheese curds are so good and deep fried, I’m in!

  16. Milisa Armstrong says:

    Cheese curds are so good and deep fried, I’m in!

  17. This is mouthwatering!!!! I need to try this once.

  18. Oooh darn you. Chipotle for dinner now…

  19. I pretty much NEED this in my life. Right now.

  20. Darn you, now I’m going to have fried cheese curds on the brain. :-)


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