3 In Appetizers/ Keto

Fried Queso Fresco | Quick & Easy Low Carb Keto Snack

This is one of the easiest, cheesiest keto snacks you will ever eat! All you need is olive oil and queso fresco, but it’s so delicious you won’t be able to stop eating it!

Queso fresco is a cheese commonly used in Mexican dishes and can be found in the cheese section of most grocery stores. By itself this cheese doesn’t have much flavor, however, when you throw it in a hot pan and fry it up – it will make your taste buds sing! This cheese holds up well to the high heat of the pan and will create a crust on the cheese while frying resulting in a delicious snack.

This is what the cheese looks like in its package

The trick to creating good fried cheese is to ensure your pan is HOT before you throw in your cheese. Make sure your oil and pan are fully warmed up or your cheese will melt and not retain it’s shape if you need to keep it in the pan for too long. However, if it does melt a little too much – use a spatula to just push it together and you can just fry up your ball of melty cheese until it has a nice crust on it – it will still taste good, don’t panic!

You will slice your queso fresco into about 1/4 inch thick squares and then place them into a preheated skillet set to medium-high heat. It should only take a minute or two to get a nice crust on your cheese and then you will flip it and let it cook for another minute or two until the other side has a nice crust. Take it out and place it on a paper-towel-lined plate to absorb the excess grease. Let cool and then dig in! Dip in tomato sauce for some extra flavor. It is best served immediately.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Serve it alone or as a delicious side to any meal. Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @ksalom if you give this recipe a try!

5 from 3 votes
Fried Queso Fresco
  • 1 block Queso Fresco
  • 1 tbsp Olive OIl
  1. Slice your queso fresco into 1/4 inch thick slices.

  2. Heat skillet and oil to medium-high heat. Be sure the skillet is FULLY heated before adding in the cheese or it will melt and not form the delicious crust!

  3. Add cheese into hot skillet and let cook for 1-2 minutes or until a golden-brown crust has formed on the cheese. Flip cheese over and repeat.

  4. Remove cheese from pan and place on a paper-towel-lined plate to absorb the excess oil.

  5. Let cool then serve immediately. Eat by itself or dip in tomato sauce for extra flavor.


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  • Reply
    Bobbie Shaw
    January 20, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    5 stars
    Kat, this is one of my favorite Keto snacks and that you make! I have been watching your YouTube videos for a while now and I have to tell you that you are a true inspiration to me! Watching videos like yours helps my to stay inspired and on the Keto path I want to be on. I’m down 61 pounds from last year and I can’t wait to crush it this year..so keep the inspiration coming girl!

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    Jennifer Dixon
    September 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    5 stars
    Love this snack. I use queso blanco, but I think it’s the same thing. Also, I use grass fed butter instead of olive oil. Gives it a salty kick. I sprinkle oregano over the finished product. So delicious.

  • Reply
    Toni Green
    October 1, 2020 at 10:13 am

    5 stars
    I love this also. I made hamburgers and fried the quest blanco in the hamburger far. Quite tasty.

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