dominican fried cheese

Queso frito is a beloved staple in Dominican Republic villas. It’s a delicious and decadent breakfast. It’s all in the name: Dominican Fried Cheese. There’s one specific component of this delicious course, and it’s easier to come by than you think: you’ll need authentic Dominican “queso de freir”; it’s a stringy cheese with a saltier taste than most European cheeses, and it does not melt easily. You can buy it at Walmart. But that resilience to heat is exactly why Dominican Fried Cheese is so good. The right “queso de freir” will maintain its shape when it’s deep fried, but that’s not a given. Sometimes even the most durable Dominican Fried Cheese can lose its shape, but we have a trick for you.

Here’s what you’re going to need to make Dominican Fried Cheese:

Dominican Fried Cheese Ingredients:

  • 1/4 frying oil
  • 12-20 slices of queso de freir. (Provolone or Mozzarella are good.)
  • 1/2 cup of corn starch


Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Cover the cheese slices with corn starch, and shake off any excess powder. Place half of your cheese sticks in the fryer, and cook at medium heat until one side turns light brown. Flip the cheese over and repeat. You can now repeat this process with the remaining pieces of cheese.