Fried Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers

in Appetizers, Snacks


Phew! I didn’t mean to be away this long. I missed you all!

I figured I’d take MLK day off, and then a recipe failure happened. And then I had to jump on a plane to head back east to bury myself in the work that I’ve been putting off for weeks. Procrastination, I hate you.

But good news: I’m here, working diligently and it’s awesome. I’ve been in this really awful anxious mood for the past few weeks, so all this doing, writing and completing feels refreshing and wonderful. SO, I’M BACK! And I brought cheese to this productive party, my dudes and dudettes. Cheese!


This recipe is inspired by a picture in the new issue of Saveur. The picture is just a few jalapeño peppers just laying there looking cute and delicious and fried.

I might’ve stared at the picture for an hour straight. Mainly because I knew under the fried bread crumbs cheese lived, and partly because after about 20 minutes of being on any plane I’m immediately ready to get off.

I get ansty. Bratty. And I always have to go to the bathroom. Basically I’m the worst plane neighbor ever. But I will share my food magazines with you and I’ll smile a lot. So there’s that.

I started by using an espresso spoon to get out of the seeds and membranes from each of the jalapeños. If you’re a lunatic and love spicy, then by all means leave them in.

These peppers are stuffed with a softened cream cheese, Monterey Jack mixture a spice or two and some salt and pepper. After they’re filled, they take two dips in the egg and bread crumb mixture. The two dips is pretty essential since jalapeños have super smooth skin and you really want the bread crumbs to stick. In some hot oil and out they come, all golden brown and gooey inside.

Fried, cheesy, spicy….and go!

Fried Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

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3 cups canola oil
16 jalapeños
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 3/4 cup Monterey Jack, shredded finely
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs

1. Make a slit down the middle of each jalapeño, being sure to keep the stem end intact, and slice off the end. Using a small spoon (I used an espresso spoon), scoop out the membrane and seeds.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, Monterey Jack, cumin, salt and pepper.

3. Add canola oil to a medium pot (or cast iron skillet) and heat to 350F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside.

4. Meanwhile, stuff each jalapeño with a small spoonful of cheese mixture.

5. In batches, dip jalapeños in flour, egg, panko bread crumbs, and then dip once more in egg and panko bread crumbs. Transfer to hot oil and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to drain and serve immediately.


Fried Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers

{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

Marija January 19, 2012 at 1:28 am

I looove this, looks yummy! nice photographs as well, I try it spicy ;)

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Kathryn January 19, 2012 at 1:30 am

Fresh jalapenos are surprisingly hard to come by in the UK which makes me so sad because these combine all the things I love best in the world in one handy bite!

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Jakbow August 5, 2012 at 6:54 am

They are super easy to grow and the plant stays small. You could grow them in your place! In my over worked, neglected garden they are the only plant that produces bountifully. PS. our daughter has your same name spelling…it is beautiful! Enjoy!

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Katrina January 19, 2012 at 2:39 am

I want these soooo bad right now!

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Mike @TheIronYou January 19, 2012 at 2:44 am

Any possibility of baking them instead of frying? I don’t eat fried food but would love to try to make those.

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Adrianna January 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

Yes! You can bake these. I’d bake them at 350F for about 30 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.

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Lisa January 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

That was my question too! Thanks for asking mike! Love your blog adrianna!

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Adrianna January 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

YAY! THANK YOU!

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Jessica January 19, 2012 at 3:05 am

Adrianna, will you marry me?! I need some kind of legal rights to come live in your kitchen and eat everything you make.

….I swear I didn’t mean that as creepy as it came off :-P

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Adrianna January 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Meh. I’m not getting any marriage proposals from dudes, so this is welcome. ;)

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lizy February 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

u r wierd

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 19, 2012 at 4:53 am

I NEED THESE!

sorry to yell – but wow. holy.wow.

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Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen January 19, 2012 at 5:16 am

Yum! These look delicious!

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Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life January 19, 2012 at 5:43 am

love japeleno peppers… I’ll def have to try this for the Superbowl!

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Ryan January 19, 2012 at 6:00 am

Oooh I love jalapenos sooo much. Definitely going to need to try these reallllly soon!

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dana @ my little celebration January 19, 2012 at 6:38 am

This takes me back to my Sonic Route 44 and a hamburger days. Yum!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl January 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

omg, too funny.. wait until you see the recipe I’m posting next week ;) They look awesome!

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Adrianna January 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Did recipe zeitgeist happen?! :)

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 19, 2012 at 7:00 am

This is a great appetizer for the super bowl! My boyfriend would just love these!

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Gayle January 19, 2012 at 7:12 am

My boyfriend is a pepper junkie. He grows 70-100 plants each summer, lots of varieties. But these look like something even I’d eat! Not so hot that they’ll kill you. I’ll put these in my Superbowl recipe file!

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Nina Caldas January 19, 2012 at 7:13 am

Is it bad that it’s only 10:15 in the morning and I now have a HUGE craving for jalapeño poppers? Ugh, they look so delicious!

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Valeria January 19, 2012 at 7:37 am

Wrap it in a bacon slice and bake it 350F If you get any leftovers (of course, not) you can take it next day, cold are the best. I’m sorry about my English.

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Chelsea@Chelseaisdishingup January 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

I live for jalapeno poppers! These look great.

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cindy January 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

I get super ansty when I fly too…it’s just SO BORING. Food magazines help though, for reals.

I think I just need to make these soon, they have got to be about a billion times better than frozen/restaurant ones!

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DessertForTwo January 19, 2012 at 8:03 am

I always share my magazines on a plane, too! It does not always go over well…

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Tia January 19, 2012 at 8:04 am

OMG, these look awesome! We have made bacon wrapped shimp jalepeno poppers on the grill and I cant wait to try these. My husband is crazy spice junkie so maybe I wil leave the seeds in a few for him :)

I missed you blog and glad you are back!

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Mary @ Bake Break January 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

Damn! These look amazing! I could definitely use some of these right now!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles January 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

Wow, how amazing do these look! I absolutely LOVE jalapeno poppers but haven’t had them in so long. I need to make these!

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Erica Scime January 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

My boyfriend loves jalapeno poppers and I’ve been looking for a great recipe. Thanks for this! :) And don’t worry, I’m not a very good plane neighbour either. I’m the overgrown eight-year-old who insists on getting the window seat so I can stare at the clouds for six hours.

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Jourdan January 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

i tried to make jalopeno poppers once, baked, bad idea. these babies need to be fried! thanks for the recipe they look delish!

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Apollina January 19, 2012 at 10:10 am

Ummm, yes please! I want a bite of one of those right now. They look so perfect and delicious!

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Brenda January 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

All I can say is yummy!

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Kelsey @aslolife January 19, 2012 at 10:40 am

Man, these look good! I’ve been kinda obsessed with jalepenos lately too!

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Adrienne January 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

I was in one of these moods myself, but it’s a wonder what a little good cooking and blogging can do for the soul. I am obsessed with jalapeno poppers so this is definitely going on my list of things to try :D

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Megan January 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

That first photo has my stomach growling on the real. These are looking classy and I’d like them for dinner.

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Carissa January 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

I just discovered jalapeno poppers on New Year’s Eve! My husband got a jalapeno grill stand for Christmas, and we tried it out in the oven. I stuffed them with a seasoned cream cheese filling & then they baked. I’m not into really spicy foods, so I chose the smallest for myself, thinking I’d eat less since I’d enjoy it least. It was SO hot. No one else had any heat at all in theirs. Apparently the smaller ones pack a punch!!

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Anna @ the shady pine January 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

What a great idea!!! Spicy and cheesy….yum!!

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Maria January 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

These are awesome!

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Josie January 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm

They look GREAT! I wonder if a short dip in flour before the egg would help the batter to adhere to the pepper. Might be worth a try. :)

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Adrianna January 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Oh the recipe calls for a dip in ap flour before the egg step!

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Kim Bee January 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Oh my, these are really wonderful. Such a great use for your peppers.

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Kelly@frugalfoodiefamily January 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Perfect for Superbowl! The guys will love this!

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Becki's Whole Life January 20, 2012 at 4:26 am

Oh my goodness…they look heavenly.

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Bake Up, Little Suzy January 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I’ve had jalapeno poppers on the brain for weeks, but I hate frying in my kitchen. So I finally broke down yesterday and made a jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwich! So good. Tasted just like your photos, but in sandwich form!

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Sarah January 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Yummy goodness right there! They look moreish and addictive.

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Maria January 23, 2012 at 6:38 am

Made these last night, but with cheddar instead of jack.. also added cayenne since it’s my fav spice of the moment. They came great baked!

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Adrianna January 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

LOVE THIS!

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The Maiden Metallurgist January 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

I made these last night with jumbo jalapeños as a side dish, and they were so good!

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Adrianna January 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

MONEY!

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HeatherNC January 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Have you or anyone tried with just half a pepper mounded with cheese? I tend to like a higher cheese/pepper ratio, but I always just end up with cheese burning in my frying oil.

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Gayle January 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I’m showcasing this on my blog next week. Please check it out and let me know if it’s not okay.

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Javelin Warrior January 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

These poppers look awesome! I feel compelled to feature you in my Friday Food Fetish roundup and on Pinterest. Let me know if you have any objections and keep the amazing food coming…

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Adrianna January 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

As long as I get link back and photo credit, post away!

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Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner) January 30, 2012 at 7:43 am

these are a superbowl party must!! I LOVE poppers!!!

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Alyc February 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Can’t wait to make these on superbowl Sunday!!! Thanks :)

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poppers April 22, 2012 at 3:18 am

These Cheesy Jalapeno poppers are great and quickly to make. Excellent! poppers

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tony p August 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I made these before and its great but is there any way u can make the jalepanos less spicy because mine are great but people turn away from them sometimes becauuse of the heat

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Nstone53 June 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

So awesome! I’ve been looking a simple jalapeno popper recipe for my husband who loves them. I have all these ingredient in my kitchen already! Perfect.

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Nikki July 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Hi! I hosting a party tomorrow and I was wondering can I prep these and keep them in the fridge until I’m ready to fry? If so, how? And how much time in the fridge is ok?

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Adrianna Adarme July 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

Yes, you totally can. I’d stuff the jalapeños and then place them in a plastic bag or container, covered. And then fry right before serving.

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Marijse November 12, 2014 at 5:42 am

It is too spicy for my taste, i’m gonna try it with small peppers.

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