Got a hankering for some cheese curds but can't find any? What about a recipe that calls for them? Or you are wondering if another cheese you already have will work? Let us give you some options for cheese curd substitutes.
I love squeaky cheese curds. They are the perfect snack.
I am seeing them in more recipes as well. While you can find them in a lot of stores, it's not all of them. If you are making a recipe (like poutine) that calls for cheese curds, what other things could you possibly use? Let us show you some options.
When you are looking for a substitute for cheese curds, it's mostly about the size of the cheese. So we kept that in mind when we made our recommendations.
- Diced or cubed cheese
- String cheese or Mozzarella sticks cut into pieces
- Mozzarella whips
- Cut up mild cheddar
- Cup up baby cheddar
Nothing quite beats the real deal but depending on how you are planning to use it or why you are replacing it, any of these will work.
If you are looking to bread and fry the cheese you can do that with Mozzarella sticks cut into pieces. You could even cut up some mild cheddar into irregular shapes to look like curds. I think cubes would be strange because they are uniform, which one one hand would be good for even cooking, but would be missing the "rustic charm" of uneven pieces
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🧀 What Cheese is Most Similar
Since most cases, cheese curds are made from cheddar, so I am going to say that mild cheddar is the most similar. Cheese curds aren't aged and mild cheddar are only aged for a short time. If you can find baby cheddar (Carr Valley cheese makes one that is 30-60 days old) that would be even closer.
The curds are actually cheddar cheese that hasn't yet been pressed into a mold yet and aged. On a couple occasions I have found cheese curds made from Colby, Co-Jack, and Muenster but those are few and far between.
In recent years, poutine has been growing in popularity. It's French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Any chunks of cheese can work. You don't want shredded cheese really, you want those cheesy morsels to bite into.
You can roughly cut up your favorite melting cheese that has a soft texture into pieces to go on top of the fries.
Cheese curds are the perfect snacking cheese as they come in bags with bite sized pieces. If you are looking for other snacks, cut up any cheese will work. What we do is cube up a whole block at once and then place it into a reusable silicone Stasher bag.
I don't like buying string cheese, Mini Babybel or already cubed cheese because you pay more per pound than if you do the cutting and packaging yourself.