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All Recipes, Tapas / December 23, 2020

Fried Cheese with Spanish Tomato Sauce | Queso Frito con Tomate

Are you ready for one of the most extraordinary tapas dishes from Spain? I present to you Fried Cheese with Spanish Tomato Sauce. This tapas dish hails from the town of Yecla in the region of Murcia, where it´s known as queso frito con tomate.

Seriously folks, this tapas dish is an absolute flavor bomb. Loaded with so many dimensions of flavors, super easy to make and comes together in just 30 minutes. Serve it next to a crusty baguette to mop up all that beautiful tomato sauce.

To make the tomato sauce, I used fresh tomatoes that I finely grated, but you can totally use canned tomato sauce instead. For the cheese, I used firm fresh goat cheese. Which you can substitute for hallumi cheese, paneer cheese or Mexican queso fresco. Basically, any cheese that has a high melting point.

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Cook the entire dish on a medium heat. If you go any higher, the sauce will get too thick and the cheese will burn. When you fry the cheese, make sure to fry it only one time per side. Otherside you risk the chance of the cheese falling apart.

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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5 from 2 votes

Fried Cheese with Spanish Tomato Sauce | Queso Frito con Tomate

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 block firm fresh goat cheese 250 grams or 8 1/2 Ounces
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 110 ml
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • pinch white sugar
  • handful freshly chopped parsley


  1. Finely grate 4 to 5 tomatoes, to end up with about 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) of grated tomato, thinly slice 1 green bell pepper, finely mince 2 cloves of garlic and cut 1 block of firm fresh goat cheese into thick slices that are about 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) thick

  2. Heat a fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add in the sliced green bell pepper and mix with the olive oil, after 4 to 5 minutes and the bell pepper is soft and lightly fried, add in the minced garlic and continue to mix, after 90 seconds add in the grated tomato and season with sea salt, black pepper and a pinch of white sugar, mix together and simmer on a medium heat

  3. Meanwhile, heat another pan with a medium heat and add in 1/3 cup (80 ml) extra virgin olive oil, after 4 minutes and the oil is hot but not smoking, add in the slices of cheese, cook for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side, or until they have a fried golden color, only flip the cheese one time otherwise it might fall apart, once fried on both sides remove from the pan and transfer to a dish with paper towels

  4. Grab the simmering tomato sauce and transfer into a serving dish, add the slices of fried cheese over the tomato sauce and garnish with freshly chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

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  1. Norman Rabek

    5 stars
    I saw this on YouTube, made it the next night, and have made it three times since, including tonight! Excellent!

    11 . Jan . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      12 . Jan . 2021
  2. Cherylynn

    This looks really good. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year!

    23 . Dec . 2020
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment Cherylynn! Happy holidays 🙂 much love

      23 . Dec . 2020
  3. Therese

    5 stars
    I love receiving recipes from Spain on a fork. They are easy to make and absolutely delicious. Thank you. Therese

    23 . Dec . 2020
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks so much for the comment Therese 🙂 much love!

      23 . Dec . 2020

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