Fried Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers

Appetizers, Snacks


Phew! I didn’t mean to be away this long. I missed you all!

I figured I’d take MLK day off, and then a recipe failure happened. And then I had to jump on a plane to head back east to bury myself in the work that I’ve been putting off for weeks. Procrastination, I hate you.

But good news: I’m here, working diligently and it’s awesome. I’ve been in this really awful anxious mood for the past few weeks, so all this doing, writing and completing feels refreshing and wonderful. SO, I’M BACK! And I brought cheese to this productive party, my dudes and dudettes. Cheese!


This recipe is inspired by a picture in the new issue of Saveur. The picture is just a few jalapeño peppers just laying there looking cute and delicious and fried.

I might’ve stared at the picture for an hour straight. Mainly because I knew under the fried bread crumbs cheese lived, and partly because after about 20 minutes of being on any plane I’m immediately ready to get off.

I get ansty. Bratty. And I always have to go to the bathroom. Basically I’m the worst plane neighbor ever. But I will share my food magazines with you and I’ll smile a lot. So there’s that.

I started by using an espresso spoon to get out of the seeds and membranes from each of the jalapeños. If you’re a lunatic and love spicy, then by all means leave them in.

These peppers are stuffed with a softened cream cheese, Monterey Jack mixture a spice or two and some salt and pepper. After they’re filled, they take two dips in the egg and bread crumb mixture. The two dips is pretty essential since jalapeños have super smooth skin and you really want the bread crumbs to stick. In some hot oil and out they come, all golden brown and gooey inside.

Fried, cheesy, spicy….and go!

Fried Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

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3 cups canola oil
16 jalapeños
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 3/4 cup Monterey Jack, shredded finely
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs

1. Make a slit down the middle of each jalapeño, being sure to keep the stem end intact, and slice off the end. Using a small spoon (I used an espresso spoon), scoop out the membrane and seeds.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, Monterey Jack, cumin, salt and pepper.

3. Add canola oil to a medium pot (or cast iron skillet) and heat to 350F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside.

4. Meanwhile, stuff each jalapeño with a small spoonful of cheese mixture.

5. In batches, dip jalapeños in flour, egg, panko bread crumbs, and then dip once more in egg and panko bread crumbs. Transfer to hot oil and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to drain and serve immediately.


Fried Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

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  • Reply Parmeet April 28, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Do you have any substitutes for the egg? I was wondering if egg replacement works well in this recipe.

  • Reply Marijse November 12, 2014 at 5:42 am

    It is too spicy for my taste, i’m gonna try it with small peppers.

  • Reply Nikki July 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Hi! I hosting a party tomorrow and I was wondering can I prep these and keep them in the fridge until I’m ready to fry? If so, how? And how much time in the fridge is ok?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Yes, you totally can. I’d stuff the jalapeños and then place them in a plastic bag or container, covered. And then fry right before serving.

  • Reply Nstone53 June 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    So awesome! I’ve been looking a simple jalapeno popper recipe for my husband who loves them. I have all these ingredient in my kitchen already! Perfect.

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