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RECIPE: Make your own deep fried cheese curds with Kowalski's

Missing those state fair delicacies? Make them at home!

We're a long ways away from the next Minnesota State Fair, but you don't have to wait long for your next batch of cheese curds.

Well over 50 of your favorite fair foods are available at the grocery store. 

Kowalski’s Culinary Director Rachael Perron breaks down how to put together a feast of fair foods at home, cheese curds included.



  • 2 qts. canola oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¾ cup pilsner beer
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 lbs. fresh cheese curds, broken into bite size pieces
  • Ketchup, for serving (optional)

In a large, deep pot, heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375 degrees. While oil heats, whisk together flour and salt in a large mixing bowl; set aside. In another medium mixing bowl, whisk together beer, eggs and milk.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients; whisk to form a smooth, fairly thin batter. Drop cheese curds, 6-8 at a time, into the batter; stir to coat.

Scoop curds from the bowl with a wire mesh strainer or slotted metal spoon; shake gently to remove excess batter. Fry curds in hot oil until golden brown (1-2 min.); remove from pan with a clean strainer or spoon. Drain on paper towels.

Repeat with remaining curds and batter, monitoring the oil and adjusting the heat setting as needed to ensure the oil temperature stays at 375 degrees. Serve curds hot with ketchup for dipping, if desired.

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