Deep Fried Jalapeno Poppers: A Crispy, Spicy Delight


  • 24 jalapeño peppers (wide ones are best)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Peanut or vegetable oil for frying


  1. Prepping the Jalapenos: Start by wearing gloves to avoid chili burn. Carefully hollow out the peppers using a sharp paring knife or a specialized pepper corer. Try to remove all seeds and membranes for a milder heat.
  2. Making the Filling: In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and cheddar cheese until well-blended. This combination offers a smooth, creamy texture with a hint of sharpness from the cheddar.
  1. Stuffing the Peppers: Carefully stuff each hollowed jalapeno with the cheese mixture using a small spoon. Ensure the filling is compacted to avoid air pockets.
  2. Preparing for Breading: Whip up the batter by combining eggs and milk. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, panko, salt, and pepper for the breading.
  3. Breading: Dip each stuffed pepper first in the batter, then roll in the breadcrumb mixture. For a thicker crust, repeat this step twice.
  4. Frying: Heat your oil in a deep fryer or deep skillet to 375°F. Fry the poppers for 3-4 minutes, turning them once, until they are golden and crispy. If the peppers are larger, lower the temperature slightly and extend the cooking time to ensure they cook through.
  5. Serving: Serve these hot and crispy poppers immediately. They pair wonderfully with a side of ranch dressing or sour cream for dipping.

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Additional Tips and Techniques:

  • Cheese Variations: Experiment with different cheese combinations like mozzarella for stretchiness or pepper jack for extra heat.
  • Season the Batter: Add spices like garlic powder, paprika, or cayenne to the batter for extra flavor.
  • Oil Temperature: Keep a consistent oil temperature. If it’s too low, the poppers will absorb too much oil and be greasy; if too high, they’ll burn outside before cooking inside.
  • Serving Suggestions: Apart from ranch or sour cream, these poppers also go great with a tangy barbecue sauce or a zesty marinara for dipping.
  • Baking Option: For a healthier version, bake the breaded poppers on a wire rack at 400°F for about 20 minutes, until golden and crispy.
  • Storage Tips: Leftover poppers can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in the oven to maintain crispiness.

Enjoy this Deep Fried Jalapeno Poppers recipe, a surefire hit for any gathering or a spicy, satisfying snack. With a perfect blend of creamy and spicy, wrapped in a crunchy coating, they’re a joy for the taste buds!”