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Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce

If your looking for an incredible Spanish appetizer that has an explosion of flavors, look no further, this Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce is the ultimate tapas appetizer. This recipe uses Spain´s famous Queso Manchego ( affiliate link), made from sheep´s milk, I used a younger Manchego that was aged for 3 months.

Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce
Manchego cheese has such an amazing flavor to it, and when you heat it up like I did in this recipe, by breading it and frying it, the cheese has an even deeper flavor to it. I must confess, when I first made this recipe, I wanted to lock myself up in a closet and eat this entire plate 🙂 .

Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce
In this recipe of Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce, I will also show you how to easily make Authentic tasting homemade romesco sauce. This sauce originates from Catalunya, it´s loaded with so many great flavors and you can use it in so many ways. Like pairing it up with grilled fish, grilled chicken and even roasted vegetables.

Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce
The thing is, when you pair this romesco sauce with the fried Manchego, you can get an incredible explosion of flavors in your mouth, it´s kinda addicting! Watch the video below on how to make Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce or print out the recipe card below. Happy tapas eating!

Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Fried Manchego Cheese with Romesco Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • -2 Tomatoes
  • -2 Slices Baguette
  • -3 Cloves of Garlic
  • -6 Raw Hazelnuts
  • -6 Raw Blanched Almonds
  • -2 Roasted Red Bell Peppers
  • -1/2 Teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • -2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • -1 7 ounce block queso manchego
  • -1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • -1 organic egg
  • -1 tbsp organic milk
  • -1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • -1 tsp dried rosemary
  • -1/4 cup extra virgin Spanish olive oil for frying


  1. Pre-heat your oven with the bake and broil option to 210 C - 410 F
  2. To make the romesco sauce, add 2 large ripe tomatoes, 2 cloves of garlic and 2 slices of baguette bread (about 1/2 inch thick) to a baking tray, cut an X on top of the tomatoes and a slit on the garlics, add the baking tray into the oven, after 15 minutes remove the toasted bread and roasted garlics, after 30 minutes total cooking time remove the tomatoes
  3. While the tomatoes are cooling off, dry roast 6 raw hazelnuts and 6 blanched almonds on a non-stick fryng pan with a medium heat between 3 to 4 minutes
  4. Once the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, start peeling the tomatoes and the garlic, add the tomatoes and the garlic into a food processor, along with the toasted breads, 1 clove of raw garlic, the toasted hazelnuts and almonds, 2 jarred roasted red bell peppers, 1/2 teaspoon of red wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin Spanish olive oil, season generously with sea salt and a dash of freshly cracked black pepper, pulse everything until it´s well combined, then cover with seran wrap and set aside
  5. Grab 1 block of Manchego cheese that is about 7 ounces, de rind it and start cutting it in slices that are about a 1/4 inch thick
  6. Add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour to a bowl, crack 1 organic egg with 1 tablespoon of organic milk into another bowl and beat together, and add a generous 1/2 cup of plain breadcrumbs with 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary into another bowl and mix together
  7. To bread each slice of cheese, first coat it with the flour, then the egg wash and finally the breadcrumbs, with each slice you bread add to a plate
  8. Heat a non-stick frying pan with a medium-high heat and add a 1/4 cup of extra virgin Spanish olive oil, once the oil get´s hot, start adding the breaded slices of cheese, cook each side for 30 seconds and cook in batches to not over-crowd the pan
  9. Transfer the romesco sauce into a bowl and place on a dish, decorate the fried slices of cheese around the plate and garnish with some freshly chopped parsley
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  2. Kate

    5 stars
    I’ve never tried to do anything like this before but your instructions were foolproof and the result was delicious. Definitely at least as good as our local bar in our town near Cordoba. I feel really proud of myself!

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    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

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  5. David @ Spiced

    I keep hearing so much about fried manchego cheese, but I still haven’t tried it yet. After seeing this post, I definitely need to put it on the menu. This looks amazing, Albert…and that romesco sauce is the perfect accompaniment, too!

    01 . Aug . 2018
  6. Osservatorio

    I love your manchego story. This summer I spent some time in Spain and discovered a vending machine below our apartment that was full of manchego and chorizo. My kind of vending machine snacks! This recipe looks great, I can”t wait to try it.

    22 . Mar . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      That is awesome! thanks for comenting 🙂

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