Air-Fried Triple Ranch Cheese Curds


Air-Fried Triple Ranch Cheese Curds

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    If there are two things Midwesterners love, it's definitely cheese and ranch! Pair them together in this tasty air-fryer cheese curd recipe.


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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 10
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee ranch dressing mix powder
    3 Hy-Vee large eggs
    1 ⅔ c. Hy-Vee plain panko bread crumbs
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee garlic powder
    30 Ellsworth ranch flavored Cheddar cheese curds, (about 8-oz.)
    Fresh Italian parsley, for garnish
    Hy-Vee ranch salad dressing, for serving

    Things To Grab

    • 3 shallow bowls
    • Large resealable plastic bag
    • Large baking sheet
    • Air fryer
    • Hy-Vee canola oil nonstick cooking spray


    1. Combine flour and ranch dressing mix powder in shallow bowl. Place beaten eggs in another shallow bowl. 

    2. Place panko bread crumbs in large resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; crush slightly with rolling pin. Combine crushed panko and garlic powder in third bowl.

    3. Coat cheese curds, a few at a time, in flour mixture. Then dip into eggs; shake off excess. Coat with crumb mixture. If coating does not adhere completely, dip curds in eggs and bread crumbs again. Place coated curds on baking sheet. Refrigerate until ready to air fry.

    4. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees according to manufacturer's directions. Working in batches, remove one batch of cheese curds at a time from refrigerator. Spray coated cheese curds on both sides with nonstick spray. Place in single layer in air fryer basket. Close air fryer and air-fry 4 to 6 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp, shaking basket halfway through. Remove from air fryer and repeat with remaining breaded cheese curds.

    5. To serve, garnish with parsley and use ranch salad dressing for dipping.

    Nutrition facts


    210 Calories per serving
    3 cheese curds

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 10g
    • Cholesterol: 85mg
    • Sodium: 390mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 16g
    • Protein: 10g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 15%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 2%

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    Hy-Vee Seasons July 2022