Grilled Cheese Sandwich: the best-ever recipe for a favorite childhood comfort food

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist

Who doesn't love a homemade grilled cheese sandwich straight out of the pan? With its crispy, browned outside and gooey cheesy inside, a grilled cheese sandwich is a perfect light lunch or a quick snack you and throw together in no time.

It's a beloved comfort dish that kids and grownups both adore. They're endlessly customizable – add condiments like mustard or chutney or toss in veggies, crispy bacon, or meat. Serve your grilled cheese sandwiches with a bowl of homemade chicken or tomato soup, roasted sweet potatoes, French fries, a hearty salad, or grilled veggies.


Tips for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Plain white bread is the standard choice for making grilled cheese sandwiches, but ciabatta, sliced sourdough, and whole wheat bread all work, too.

American and cheddar cheese are many people's favorites when it comes to making a grilled cheese sandwich. Other cheeses to try include Monterey Jack, gouda, Swiss, Emmentaler, goat's cheese, and blue cheese.

Add condiments or additional ingredients to your grilled cheese sandwich to take it to the next level. Chutney, grilled onions, mustard, chili jam, bacon, chopped roasted veggies, and cured meats are all delicious options.

How to Store Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwiches taste best when enjoyed fresh, but they can be stored for up to 2 days when wrapped well and placed in the fridge. Reheat in a skillet before serving.

White bread
4 slices
butter, divided
3 tbsp
Cheddar Cheese
2 slices

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich 


Butter one side of each slice of bread.


Heat a large skillet. Put the bread butter-side down in the pan.


Lay a piece of cheese on top of the bread.


Set a second slice of bread on the cheese with the buttered side facing up. Cook for a few minutes until the bread browns.


Flip the sandwich and cook for a few minutes more until the cheese has melted, pressing gently with a spatula. Repeat with remaining bread and cheese.


Cut the grilled cheese sandwich diagonally.


Serve and enjoy!

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