Queso Frito Recipe (Dominican Fried Cheese)

Queso Frito Recipe (Dominican Fried Cheese) is a usual part of Los Tres Golpes, the traditional Dominican breakfast.
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword fried cheese recipe, how to make fried cheese, los tres golpes, queso frito, queso para freir
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 95kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 12 slices of queso de freir (2" x 3", 1/4" thick, approx. 0.5 lb [0.23 kg])
  • 1/4 cup of oil for frying


  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Pat dry the cheese with a paper towel to minimize splatters.
  • Fry in the hot oil on one side until it turns golden brown (fry one slice first to see if it fries well, see notes if it doesn't). Turn and repeat. Do not add many slices at the same time as the oil must remain very hot to prevent the cheese from staying in the oil for too long.
  • Serve hot with mangú.



A good "queso de freir" will keep its shape when deep fried, but as some times it is not necessarily the case we present you here a simple trick to make it a successful experience.
If the first slice melts instead of frying into a golden color, cover the remaining slices with corn starch and shake off the excess. If it fries without problem, this step is not necessary
How long you fry the cheese depends entirely on your own taste. Some prefer it a light golden color and lightly "melty", some prefer it fried to crispiness and a darker color. Go with what you prefer.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 37mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.1mg