Gluten-Free Keto Cheese Curds (Carnivore-Friendly)

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These quick and delicious Keto Cheese Curds make an excellent low-carb snack or appetizer to share. Learn how to make them two ways: pan-fry on the stovetop or by a no-fuss baking method in the oven. With only 4 ingredients, you can have a batch of these cheesy bites in under 20 minutes.

Gluten free fried cheese curds

Are Cheese Curds Keto?

Cheese curds are one of the best keto foods. They are naturally low in carbs and high in fat, making them an ideal keto snack or appetizer. They are full of fabulous textures with a plump and cheesy inside covered in a crispy exterior. The flavor is remarkably delicious, so if your keto diet plan has become monotonous, make a batch of these savory bites to jazz things up. 

Cheese curds are fresh curds of cheese, often cheddar cheese. Traditional cheese is usually aged for months or years to reach that savory flavor and rich texture. Cheese curds are the opposite. They are valued by how fresh they are and, as a result, usually have a short shelf-life.

Testing this recipe started as my husband did the daily milking, and I prepared to make cheese curds from scratch. I’m impressed with cheese curds, it’s a relatively quick process (the cheese finishes in 5 hours rather than a number of days) and yields a developed flavor even without aging.

I noticed the recipe uses thermophilic culture, which seems to be the key factor in preventing them from melting in the oven. The term “thermophilic” indicates the culture thrives at high temperatures. Since this cheese is heat resistant, it is a prime candidate for cooking and frying.

Making curds from scratch is entirely optional. You can find cheese curds at your local grocery stores or order them directly from farms online. Remember that the fresher the curds, the tastier your fried or baked cheese curds will be.

Fried cheese curds no batter

How to Make Keto Cheese Curds

Gather 4 basic ingredients, and you’re halfway to making keto cheese curds in just 20 minutes.

These tasty morsels come together quickly. Toss cheese curds in whisked eggs, coat in Parmesan cheese, then cook to golden perfection for delicious and savory bite-sized pieces.

Learn how to fry cheese curds in a pan or easily bake them in an oven. Either way, these keto cheese curds don’t take much time or effort for an easy snack or appetizer you can’t resist.

Cheese curds keto

Ingredients

  • Cheese curds – two cups of the freshest cheese curds you can find
  • Eggs – whisk a few large eggs to coat the curds. Buy farm-fresh eggs, if you can.
  • Parmesan cheese – a three ounces of finely grated Parmesan cheese 
  • Garlic powder – for flavor. I buy herbs and spices from Mountain Rose Herbs.
  • Cooking oil if using the frying method – lard, tallow, or another healthy fat with a high smoking point like avocado oil will work; avoid low-quality vegetable oils like canola oil. 

Substitutions and Variations

This keto cheese curds recipe is already gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free. As the name suggests, it is essential to have cheese in this recipe. Therefore, this cheesy appetizer cannot be modified to be dairy-free, Whole30, or true paleo. Some people on the paleo diet tolerate dairy and would therefore follow the recipe as written.

Additionally, if you are following a GAPS diet, it’s best to hold off on this cheesy snack. Certain aged cheeses are allowed on GAPS, but fresh cheeses like cheese curds should be avoided. 

  • Keto diet – This recipe is naturally low-carb and keto-friendly.
  • Carnivore diet – As a zero-fiber recipe, this is a great carnivore snack option. Omit garlic powder and bake or fry in an animal fat like lard or tallow for a strict carnivore recipe.
  • Low oxalate diet – All ingredients are low-oxalate ingredients. 
Baked cheese curds gluten free

Step-By-Step Directions

Follow these simple directions, and you can’t go wrong! This cheese curds recipe doesn’t require batter, so the directions are relatively simple and go quickly. 

The best part is that we outline two different methods of preparing cheese curds: baked and fried. Choose the one that works best for you. 

Whether baked or fried, cheese curds pair well with a dipping sauce like 3-ingredient onion dip, sugar-free ketchup, or spicy mayonnaise.

Baked Cheese Curds

Oven-baked cheese curds produce chunky, gooey, perfectly soft curds. This cooking method is my favorite to achieve a classic plump cheese curd texture. 

Besides, the ease of preparation makes this method a breeze. Just toss and coat the cheese curds, then pop them in the oven to bake until perfectly golden brown. No need to stand over the stove babysitting the curds. The best part is cleaning up is significantly less than frying. 

Keto fried cheese

Step one: Toss

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 degrees Celsius).

Whisk the eggs and garlic powder together in a large bowl. Toss the cheese curds to coat all surfaces evenly.

Baked cheese curds keto

Step two: Coat

Add the Parmesan cheese to a second bowl and lightly roll a curd, one at a time, until covered. 

Alternatively, fill a large ziplock bag with the cheese and one-quarter of the curds, seal the bag with air in it, and shake gently a few times to coat the curds. 

Work in batches until all the curds are coated. Remove each batch before adding more. 

Do not mix so many curds at a time that the egg moistens the cheese and turns it clumpy.

Cheese curd recipe baked

Step three: Bake

Arrange cheese-covered curds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the tops turn golden brown and the cheese sizzles. 

Remove from heat and cool slightly before serving.

Keto frying cheese

Pan-Fried Cheese Curds

Keto fried cheese curds are perfectly crisp on the outside with a luscious soft interior. Fried cheese is a comfort food you’ll have a hard time resisting.

Step one: Toss

As with the baking method above, we’ll start with coating the cheese curds first. Whisk the eggs and garlic powder together in a large bowl. Toss the cheese curds to coat all surfaces evenly.

Step two: Coat

Add the Parmesan cheese to a second bowl and lightly roll a curd, one at a time, until covered. 

Alternatively, fill a large ziplock bag with the cheese and one-quarter of the curds, seal the bag with air in it, and shake gently a few times to coat the curds. 

Work in batches until all the curds are coated. Remove each batch before adding more. 

Do not mix so many curds at a time that the egg moistens the cheese and turns it clumpy.

Step three: Fry

Heat the cooking oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. I prefer lard for frying because it’s a traditional animal fat ideal for fried foods like cheese curds. You can also substitute with tallow or vegetable oil like avocado oil with a high smoke point. 

Using a slotted spoon or spatula, arrange the cheese curds in a single layer and fry the first side until golden brown. 

Flip and continue cooking the second side, also until golden brown. I spent approximately 2-3 minutes on each side. 

Homemade baked cheese curds

The oil may bubble and froth, this is fine. Tip the pan to the side a little and spoon the pooled up oil over the curds while the second side cooks.

Remove cheese curds from heat and cool slightly before serving.

Baked cheese curd recipe without batter

Nutritional Info

This recipe yields 6 (2-ounce) servings of fried or baked cheese curds. 

Wondering how many carbs in cheese curds? Let’s take a look. Because it’s primarily cheese and eggs, it’s no surprise that cheese curds are very low in carbs. There are only 2 net carbs in cheese curds per serving size. 

Check out more nutrition stats of these gluten-free cheese curds for a detailed view.

Each serving contains:

  • 349 calories
  • 21 g protein
  • 28 g fat
  • 2 g total carbs
  • 2 g net carbs

Please note that the nutritional value will change if you substitute ingredients. Use a nutrition app to recalculate and reflect your changes.

Baked cheese curds no breading

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keto baked cheese curds on white plate with bite out of one and baking tray in the background

Fried or Baked Cheese Curds Recipe

Jessica Haggard
These quick and delicious Keto Cheese Curds make an excellent low-carb snack or appetizer to share. Learn how to make them two ways: pan-fry on the stovetop or by a no-fuss baking method in the oven.
5 from 78 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 349 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 ounces cheese curds
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • ¼ cup lard tallow, or other cooking oil, for frying only

Instructions
 

Baked Cheese Curds:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
  • Whisk the eggs and garlic powder together in a large bowl. Toss the cheese curds in the egg and coat all sides evenly.
    2 large eggs, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 12 ounces cheese curds
  • Add the Parmesan cheese to a bowl and lightly roll a curd, one at a time, until covered. Alternatively, fill a large ziplock bag with the cheese and one-quarter of the curds, seal the bag with air in it, and shake gently a few times to coat the curds. Work in batches until all are coated, removing each batch before adding more. Do not mix so much that the egg moistens the cheese and turns clumpy.
    1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Arrange cheese-covered curds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the tops turn golden brown and the cheese sizzles. Remove from heat and cool slightly before serving.

Fried Cheese Curds:

  • Follow steps 2 and 3 and prep the curds in the same way as for the baking method above.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat.
    ¼ cup lard
  • Using a slotted spoon or spatula, arrange the cheese curds in a single layer and fry until golden brown. Flip and continue cooking the second side also until golden brown. I spent approximately, 2-3 minutes on each side. The oil may bubble and froth, this is fine. Tip the pan to the side a little and spoon the pooled up oil over the curds while the second side cooks. Remove from heat and cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition & Macros

Serving: 2ouncesCalories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 21gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 18gSodium: 741mgFiber: 0.02gNet Carbohydrates: 2g

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14 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Keto Cheese Curds (Carnivore-Friendly)”

  1. 5 stars
    I am a first timer to cheese curds. But I have got to say, it was super delicious. It was also a lot easier than I thought it would be. Will make this recipe again.

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