Fried Goat Cheese is full of fresh herbs and honey, coated in a Panko breadcrumb crust, and then lightly pan-seared to crispy golden perfection. Serve this cheese ball recipe on top of your favorite salad or as an appetizer for a party!
Fried Goat Cheese Cravings
Is there anyone else out there that likes some reality TV? If so, where are my BravoTV and Vanderpump Rules fans?
For the last few years I have constantly been hearing about these “fried goat cheese balls” by the staff at Sur.
Every time I heard them talk about these tasty bites of ooey, gooey, cheesiness my mouth would literally begin to salivate. (Not the best thing since I normally watch these guilty pleasure shows when I’m running on the treadmill!)
So instead of hopping on a plane and flying to the California coast, these fried goat cheese medallions were concocted one night in our kitchen – and then served atop this Fall Harvest Salad!
And in addition to salads, this fried goat cheese recipe can also be served up as an appetizer at a party or even made into the main course of a gluten-free and vegetarian dinner!
Easy Fried Appetizer
While goat cheese is already pretty tasty on it’s own, this fried goat cheese recipe gets a burst of flavor from a hint of honey and a bit of fresh rosemary and thyme.
It may not seem like a big deal, but trust me – these additions give it SO much extra flavor and are worth the extra steps.
The ingredients needed to make this fried goat cheese recipe are relatively easy and simple to find in your local grocery store. In fact, you probably already have most of them on hand in your refrigerator or pantry.
- Goat Cheese – Read more below about some of the brands I recommend.
- Herbs – Fresh rosemary and thyme are used in this recipe. However, dried herbs can also be substituted.
- Honey – Pure local honey gives a subtle sweetness to the goat cheese.
- Flour – To make this recipe gluten-free, a 1-to-1 gluten-free blend is used.
- Panko Breadcrumbs – This gives the goat cheese a super crispy texture.
- Again, a gluten-free breadcrumb is used but a regular brand can be substituted if you are not gluten-free.
- Egg – This helps to bind the coating onto the goat cheese.
- Oil – Avocado oil is recommended since it has a higher smoke point than olive oil, but olive oil can also be used if that’s what you have on hand.
Best Goat Cheese Brands
While I have yet to find a goat cheese brand I didn’t like, here are a few of my go-tos that are pretty easy to locate and are full of flavor:
- Montchevre – in the majority of grocery stores and has a nice mild flavor.
- Vermont Creamery – also found in many stores and is super creamy.
- Coeur de Chevre – a little harder to find but it is natural and organic.
Any brand you find will most likely taste amazing in this recipe. Just make sure you get a log and not crumbles for the easiest preparation.
This recipe suggests that you use both fresh herbs, rosemary and thyme, as well as honey to flavor the goat cheese. If you are not a fan of one of those flavors, or simply want to try something different, here are a few variations you can try:
- Pure maple syrup instead of the honey.
- Fresh sage or tarragon instead of the rosemary or thyme.
- Basil and garlic.
- Cilantro and lime.
How to Make
Making fried goat cheese does take a little bit of time and preparation, but is totally worth the effort. You can also prep these in advance and fry them up the day of serving to save you a little time.
- Mix together the goat cheese, herbs, and honey in a medium-sized bowl.
- Form goat cheese mixture back into a log. (See picture above.)
- Freeze log for 20-30 minutes or until firm.
- In three separate bowls prepare the following: 1) Flour, salt and pepper. 2) Egg and milk. 3) Panko breadcrumbs and garlic powder. (See picture above)
- Cut the goat cheese log into medallions and dip each one into the flour, the egg wash, and then coat in the Panko breadcrumbs. (See picture below.)
- Fry goat cheese in a large skillet with a bit of oil until crispy and lightly golden.
Meal Prep Tips
As you can see above, the process of making fried goat cheese can be a little time consuming.
If you would like to serve these as an appetizer for a party or for a holiday dinner, you can make the evening go a little smoother by preparing them ahead of time.
Mix, freeze, and prepare the goat cheese medallions and then refrigerate them without frying for up to 48 hours.
The day of serving simply pull them out of the refrigerator and proceed with the frying instructions as directed.
Serving, Storing, Reheating
This fried goat cheese recipe definitely tastes the best when served and enjoyed immediately after frying.
Serving: Pair fried goat cheese with a Fall Harvest Salad, serve as an appetizer with a drizzle of honey, or make it the main course.
Storing: If you have extra fried goat cheese you can store it in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.
Reheating: There are two ways that will bring your fried goat cheese back to life when reheating:
- Heat it up in a skillet over medium-low heat while covered with a lid.
- Place on a baking sheet in the oven and heat up at 300 degrees for 5-10 minutes.
Other Appetizer Recipes
Other dinner party appetizer ideas.
Fried Goat Cheese Recipe
Fried Goat Cheese is full of fresh herbs and honey, coated in a Panko breadcrumb crust, and then lightly pan-seared to crispy golden perfection. Serve this fried goat cheese recipe on top of your favorite salad or as an appetizer for a party!
- 9 oz. goat cheese log softened
- ½ tsp. rosemary fresh, finely chopped
- ½ tsp. thyme fresh, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- ⅓ cup flour gluten-free 1-to-1*
- ¼ tsp. salt to taste
- ⅛ tsp. black pepper to taste
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp. milk
- ⅔ cup Panko breadcrumbs gluten-free*
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- 2-3 Tbsp. avocado oil or olive oil*
In a medium-sized bowl mix together the goat cheese, herbs, and honey.
Place goat cheese in the center of a piece of wax or parchment paper and roll into a log.
Freeze goat cheese log for 20-30 minutes or refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Once goat cheese has hardened, cut cheese with a sharp knife into 8 medallions.
In three separate shallow bowls add the flour, salt, and pepper to the first bowl, whisk the egg and milk in the second bowl, and whisk together the Panko breadcrumbs and garlic powder.
Dip each goat cheese medallion in the flour mixture, dredge in the egg wash, and then coat completely in the Panko breadcrumbs. Repeat with remaining goat cheese slices.
In a large skillet over medium heat add 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Let oil heat up completely and then add 4 goat cheese slices. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until the coating becomes lightly golden. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining oil and goat cheese slices.
Serve fried goat cheese with a Fall Harvest Salad or as an appetizer with additional honey and fresh herbs. Enjoy!
- You can also use regular all purpose flour and regular Panko breadcrumbs if you are not gluten-free.
- Avocado oil has a higher smoke point and works best when lightly frying.
- Nutritional information has been adjusted according to the amount of coating ingredients that will be left over.