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Queso Frito- Dominican Fried Cheese

Queso Frito (Dominican Fried Cheese)

Queso frito or fried cheese is a staple in so many Hispanic countries. It is served as an appetizer or side dish. Queso frito is the perfect accompaniment to a classic Dominican mofonogo or alongside a plate of beans and chicharron de pollo. 

You must use a cheese that is specifically made for frying. You want a slightly salty cheese to hold together but be able to become warm and gooey on the inside. We like the brands “Campesino” and “Tropical.”

Typically this is fried in a pan with oil but we found the air fryer is a perfect alternative. A lot less messy and the cheese still gets that signature golden crispy exterior of great queso frito. 

Queso Frito (Dominican Fried Cheese)

Recipe by Abuelas Cuban CounterCourse: AppetizersCuisine: Dominican RepublicDifficulty: Easy


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  • 10 oz fresh white frying cheese (Be sure it says “for frying” on the label)

  • Avocado oil or any neutral oil such as canola or vegetable oil


  • Place the sliced cheese on a paper towel. This is an important step to get rid of all the moisture on the cheese and be sure the cheese becomes golden brown. 
  • Preheat your air fryer by turning the heat to 400 degrees and running it for 3 minutes with nothing inside. 
  • Meanwhile, brush the cheese liberally with oil on both sides. 
  • Once the air fryer is hot, add the cheese. Set air fryer to 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes. You don’t want to crispy it too much or the cheese will dry out on the inside.  
    Serve hot.

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