Cheese Sandwich

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There’s nothing more simple to make and satisfying to enjoy than a warm, crisp and gooey cheese sandwich. Here I share two ways with step-by-step photos for how to prepare an easy grilled cheese sandwich recipe in less than 20 minutes. Try your preferred recipe for a quick and yummy breakfast, lunch, or even dinner.

overhead shot of cheese sandwich triangle slices with cilantro dip on a white plate

About The Recipes

Grilled cheese sandwich is one of our favorite quick and simple vegetarian recipes that only requires a few key ingredients. It’s made with a good loaf of bread (fresh or day old) a tangy block of cheddar or mozzarella cheese, a bit of softened butter, and flavorful spices and herbs.

Below I share with you two different but equally easy and delicious recipes and tips for how to make a tasty cheese sandwich at home.

  1. The first recipe is a skillet method for making a very classic and tasty grilled cheese on the stovetop. You only need a large pan plus a spatula.
  2. Our second recipe uses an electric grill, also known as a panini press. The grilled cheese sandwich made with the electric grill are spiced with Indian spices – roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and freshly crushed black pepper powder.

Both of these methods will make perfect grilled sandwiches with crispy toasted bread and warm, gooey cheese in every bite.

Simply choose whichever recipe you prefer based on whether you have an electric grill or not; or give them both a try and see which you like best!

top shot cheese sandwich with the cheesy stuffing in the center on a white plate
Step-by-Step Guide

Classic Cheese Sandwich

This cheese sandwich recipe uses the skillet to grill the sandwiches. Make sure to use a heavy cast iron skillet or pan, so that your sandwiches are grilled beautifully golden with a lovely crisp texture on the toasts.

1. First, slice your bread loaf in ½ inches slices. You want about 8 to 10 slices total, depending on how many cheese sandwiches you are making. Here I have used homemade Whole Wheat Bread.

bread loaf being sliced on a wooden chopping board

2. Spread softened butter on the slices of bread.

butter spread evenly on the bread

3. Top half of the slices with 3 to 4 tablespoons or more (depending on the size of the bread slices) of freshly grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese, or a mix of both. For 8 to 10 slices you will need a total of about 1 cup of grated cheese.

bread slices topped with grated mozzarella cheese

4. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of various dried herbs, red chilli flakes and crushed black pepper. Here I’ve used parsley, thyme and oregano with bits of chilli pepper flakes. Feel free to add your favorite herbs.

cheese topped with dried herbs, chili flakes, black pepper

5. For a bit of an elevated grilled cheese sandwich, top the cheese lightly with some chopped fresh basil and finely chopped celery. You can use dried basil in place of fresh basil.

Sprinkle with one to pinches of salt (to taste) evenly all over. If you don’t have fresh celery you can swap with celery salt, and omit the salt.

cheese topped with chopped basil and celery

6. Cover the cheese topped bread with the buttered slice.

buttered bread slice covering the top of the cheese filling

7. Heat a heavy or a thick bottomed skillet, or a frying pan, on low to medium-low heat on the stovetop. Spread some butter in the skillet, and allow it to melt. Then place the cheese sandwich in the skillet.

cheese sandwich in a skillet

8. Spread some more softened butter on top of the bread.

butter being spread on the top bread of the cheese sandwich in the pan

9. Gently press the sandwich with a spatula so that you can get nice, evenly toasted and crispy texture. You can even place a heavy object, like a clean plate, on the sandwich.

cheese sandwich being pressed with a spatula in the pan

10. When the bottom is crusty and golden, flip over gently with a spatula. I like my sandwiches to be more browned, toasty and crisp.

Grill the second side for another few minutes until crisp and golden, pressing with the spatula for even cooking.

cheese sandwich flipped and crusty golden toast visible on top side

11. Remove the grilled sandwich and transfer to a chopping board. Cut in two and serve hot with Ketchup, Mayo or any dip of your choice.

Make all the cheese sandwiches this way on the skillet. If you use a large skillet, grill two to three sandwiches at the same time on the skillet.

grilled cheese sandwich on wooden chopping board
Step-by-Step Guide

With Panini Press

Here we use the sandwich maker a.k.a panini press to grill the sandwiches. Remember to preheat your sandwich maker prior to placing the prepared cheese sandwich in the sandwich maker.

1. Spread butter on all the bread slices so that the surface is completely covered.
Note: For this recipe I don’t add salt as the butter, cheese and chaat masala already contains salt. If using unsalted butter, then you can sprinkle some salt.

You can slice of the edges if you prefer. Top half a portion of the slices with freshly grated cheese.

buttered bread slices topped with grated cheese

2. On each slice of cheese-topped bread sprinkle 2 to 3 pinches of roasted cumin powder, chaat masala powder and black pepper.

cheese on top of the buttered bread slices topped with ground spices

3. Cover the cheese-topped slices with the remaining buttered slices, and spread more softened butter on the top of the slices.

butter spread on top of bread

4. Preheat the grill and place the cheese sandwich carefully, with the buttered side facing down, onto the grill. Make sure your hands don’t touch the hot grill. If you are able, spread more butter onto tops of the sandwich. Be careful when doing this.

If you cannot safely do this then just skip the above step. Instead spread butter once the cheese sandwich are grilled.

two cheese sandwich placed in a grill with butter spread on top of the bread

5. Close the panini press and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until each cheese sandwich is crisp and golden.

grilled cheese sandwich inside the electric grill

6. Serve the grilled cheese sandwiches hot with a dipping sauce like tomato ketchup or Coriander Chutney.

cheese sandwiches on a white plate on a dark brown table

Expert Tips

  • Bread: Use a good fresh loaf of bread or even a day old to make your cheese sandwich recipe. Feel free to use bread made with either whole wheat, multi grain or oats for a healthier option. If using Homemade Bread, then don’t slice the bread too thickly or thinly.
  • Cheese: Use a cheese that melts when grilled. Basically we are looking for a crisp golden exterior with a smooth melted cheese within. I generally use cheddar cheese to make these sandwiches.
  • Types of cheese: You can use processed cheese or even mozzarella cheese or a mix of cheddar and mozzarella. However, I always use (and recommend you use) a block of cheddar cheese, which I then grate and add to the bread. Pre-shredded cheese or slices of cheese typically have starch or thickeners, additives and preservatives in them. The starch gives a different taste to the sandwich, so I personally prefer to shred the cheese.
  • Butter: The butter has to be applied evenly and on the whole slice of the bread. I always use salted softened butter at room temperature and not melted butter. A generous amount of butter not only adds a lot of flavor and taste but also helps the bread slices to grill and brown evenly.
  • Toasting Options: Instead of grilling the sandwiches you can also toast the sandwiches in an electric toaster or a hand held stovetop toaster. You can also check out this Mumbai style Grilled Sandwich.
  • Herbs and Seasonings: Feel free to customize the seasonings and herbs to what you prefer or have in season. Fragrant herbs like mint, cilantro, basil, parsley are some nice options. Choose to add spices like cayenne or paprika or white pepper for that bit of heat and pungency. Swap with dried herbs if you do not have fresh herbs – 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herb = 1 teaspoon of dried herbs
  • Grilling in Oven: To bake and grill these cheese sandwiches in the oven, first preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius/356 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Place the sandwich in a baking tray. Make sure that both the top and bottom elements of the oven are heated. Place the tray with the sandwiches in the middle rack of your oven. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius/356 Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sandwiches become crusty and golden from top. Turn over half way through the baking time if you see that the top has not become crusty or golden.

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overhead shot of cheese sandwich triangle slices with cilantro dip on a white plate

Cheese Sandwich Recipe (2 Ways)

5 from 6 votes
There’s nothing more simple to make and satisfying to enjoy than a warm, crisp and gooey cheese sandwich. Here I share two ways to prepare an easy grilled cheese sandwich in less than 20 minutes. Try your preferred recipe for a quick and yummy breakfast, lunch, or even dinner.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Cuisine Indian, World
Course: Breakfast
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

For Skillet Sandwich

  • 8 to 10 slices bread (preferred soft bread of your choice)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter unsalted, softened and as needed
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or a mix of cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes – optional
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil – fresh, swap for 1 teaspoon dried basil instead
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped celery – optional
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or as required

For Panini Press Sandwich

  • 8 to 10 slices bread (preferred choice of soft bread)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons salted butter – softened or as needed
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or as required
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper or as required
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder or as required
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chaat masala or sandwich masala, add as required

Instructions

Skillet Method

  • First, slice your bread loaf in ½ inches slices. You want about 8 to 10 slices total, depending on how many cheese sandwiches you decide to make.
  • Spread softened butter evenly on the bread slices.
  • Top half of the slices with 3 to 4 tablespoons or more (depending on the size of the bread slices) of freshly grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese, or a mix of both.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch or two of various dried herbs, red chilli flakes and crushed black pepper. I have used parsley, thyme and oregano with a few bits of red chilli pepper flakes.
  • Top lightly with some chopped fresh basil and finely chopped celery. You can use dried basil in place of fresh basil.
  • Sprinkle one to pinches of salt evenly all over. If you don’t have fresh celery, swap with celery salt, and omit the salt.
  • Cover the cheese topped bread with the buttered slice.
  • Heat a heavy or a thick bottomed skillet, or a frying pan, on low to medium-low heat on the stovetop. Melt and then spread the butter on the skillet. Place the prepared cheese sandwich on the melted butter.
  • Spread some more softened butter on top of the cheese sandwich.
  • Gently press the sandwich with a spatula so that you can get nice, evenly toasted and crispy texture. You can even place a heavy object, like a clean plate, on the sandwich.
  • When the bottom is crusty and golden, flip over gently with a spatula. Grill the second side for few minutes until crisp and golden, pressing with the spatula for even cooking.
  • Remove the grilled cheese sandwich from the skillet. Transfer to a chopping board and cut in two. Serve hot with KetchupMayonnaise or any dip of your choice.
  • Make all the cheese sandwiches this way on the skillet. If you have a large skillet, grill two or three sandwiches side by side on the skillet.

With Panini Press

  • First grate the cheese and set aside. Then spread the softened butter on each of the bread slice.
  • Top half of the bread slices with 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated cheese or more as needed, depending on the size of the bread.
  • Sprinkle two to three pinches of black pepper powder, cumin powder and chaat masala on each slice which is topped with grated cheese.
  • Cover the cheese topped bread slices with the remaining buttered bread slices.
  • Spread butter on top of each slice.
  • On a heated panini press place the sandwich carefully with the buttered side touching the bottom grill.
  • Spread butter on the top bread slices. Close the panini press or the sandwich maker and grill for 2 to 3 minutes until the sandwiches are crisp and golden.
  • Serve grilled cheese sandwich hot as is or accompanied with Coriander Chutney or tomato ketchup or mayo.

Notes

  • Bread: Use a good fresh loaf of bread or even a one to two day old bread. Feel free to use bread made with either whole wheat, multi grain or oats for a healthier option. If using a loaf of Homemade Bread, then don’t slice the bread too thickly or thinly.
  • Cheese: For a melted gooey cheesy sandwich use a cheese that melts when grilled. Basically we are looking for a crisp golden exterior with a smooth melted cheese within. I generally use cheddar cheese or mozzarella or a mix of both to make these sandwiches.
  • Types of cheese: You can make these sandwiches with processed cheese (American cheese) or only mozzarella cheese or a mix of cheddar and mozzarella. However, I always use (and recommend you use) a block of cheddar or mozzarella cheese, which I then grate and add to the bread. Pre-shredded cheese or slices of cheese typically have starch or thickeners, additives and preservatives in them. The starch gives a different taste to the sandwich, so I personally prefer to shred the cheese.
  • Butter: The butter has to be applied evenly and on the whole slice of the bread. I always use salted softened butter at room temperature and not melted butter. A generous amount of butter not only adds a lot of flavor and taste but also helps the bread slices to grill and brown evenly.
  • Toasting Options: Instead of grilling the sandwiches you can also toast the sandwiches in an electric toaster or a hand held stovetop toaster.
  • Herbs and Seasonings: Feel free to include the seasonings and herbs that you like or have in season. Fragrant herbs like mint, cilantro, basil, parsley are some nice options. Choose to add spices like cayenne or paprika or white pepper for that bit of heat and pungency. Swap with dried herbs if you do not have fresh herbs – 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herb = 1 teaspoon of dried herbs.
  • Grilling in Oven: To grill these cheese sandwiches in the oven, first preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius/356 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Place the sandwich in a baking tray. Make sure that both the top and bottom elements of the oven are heated. Place the tray with the sandwiches in the middle rack of your oven. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius/356 Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sandwiches become crusty and golden from top. Turn over half way through the baking time if you see that the top has not become crusty or golden.
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  • Note that the approximate nutrition info is for the cheese sandwich grilled on the skillet. 

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Cheese Sandwich Recipe (2 Ways)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 824mg36%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 897IU18%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 5mg25%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 20µg19%
Calcium 400mg40%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 74µg19%
Iron 4mg22%
Magnesium 50mg13%
Phosphorus 315mg32%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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39 Comments

  1. Good explanation in detail. Helped me to make awesome cheese sandwich. Used Herbs de Provence for mixed herbs with some black pepper and sweet paprika. Absolute delish. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

    1. thank you doris. herbs de provence must have given a lovely flavor in the cheese sandwich recipe. thanks for sharing. welcome and happy cooking.

  2. love your recipe. how i make this grill sandwich in my otg oven ?? plz tell me method .. and how i get line in otg oven ? and can i able to make tost aloo sandwich or veg sandwich like we make in normal toaster?? if yes then plz tell me method .. i bought recently morphy richard 28rss otg and i dont know much about otg oven plz guid me..

    1. thanks. preheat oven at 180 degrees celsius for 10 minutes. then place the sandwich in a baking tray. use the toast option – this will heat up both the top and bottom heating elements. place the tray in middle rack and bake at 180 degrees celsius till the sandwiches become crusty and golden from top. set the time to 20 minutes and then you can set it again if the sandwiches are not baked or grilled. or you can bake without setting the time. yes you can make any sandwich in an OTG. hope this helps.

  3. Hi madam nice recipe
    How to get those grilled line marks if using microwave oven

  4. Hi

    Can you please suggest me the best sandwich maker Available in India. Also any idea on good panini sandwich maker.

    Thank you so much. Your efforts bring smile and happiness to many.5 stars

  5. watering mam.i love your recies so much.please tell where is your home.i’ll come and
    stay there.

  6. Hello mam , 1st of all i wanna say to you that i love your recipes & i love you too..the way learns us that’s awesome teacher ur are..??

    1. glad to know this and thankyou for your kind and humble words god bless you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love this site because it shows the prpcess in step by step process with pictures which gives clarity of the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚ satisfied

  8. What a delightful site. I was looking for a potato recipe with curry leaf and black mustard seed and stumbled across you this morning. A friend’s mother used to send me some and I just loved it. Thank you for a wonderful surprise.

  9. this looks sooo veryyyy simple……. gonna definitely try it…… thnks

  10. Hi,

    How can I grill the toast without a griller. As I don’t have griller in my home.

    1. you cannot grill, but you can toast the sandwich on a tava. just apply some butter on the tava or on the bread slices and then place the sandwich on a hot tava. now place a heavy object like a heavy plate/tray or a steel masala dabba (spice box) on the sandwich. toast till the sandwich is browned from the bottom. flip and repeat with the other side. the sandwiches really get toasted well with this method.

  11. Hi,
    I have tried some of your recipes and all come out nicely. Keep trying for more recipes. Thanks a lot for sharing awesome north indian recipes. I have a doubt whether this grilled cheese sandwich and all other sandwiches can be done in oven. I have got the bread toaster which can be used for dry only. I have samsung oven with grill / grill stand model. Pl confirm so that I can start using that oven for all sandwiches. Pl also explain how to bake on that .

    1. thanks. grilling can be done in the oven. but you have to use the broiler technique in the oven. i will share a link below. i have made cheese toasts sandwiches in the oven. i assume you have a microwave oven with the grilling function. just use the grilling function and place the bread sandwich on the rack or in the pan. when the top gets brown, turn over and toast the other side. depending on the temperature used, you can set the time. 180 to 200 degrees Celsius if good enough for browning as well melting the cheese for 15-20 mins. but do check as the heat temperatures vary from oven to oven. the taste and texture of these sandwiches made in the oven are not like the grilled ones. they are more like toast sandwiches.

      broiler link below – http://www.thekitchn.com/kitchen-basics-how-to-use-your-112585

  12. Hello,
    I have tried making cheese sandwich before,but u know the cheese melts and sticks to the machine everytime I make it.so I had to give up nd cook on gas instead. ๐Ÿ™
    What do u think goes wrong?

    1. possibly the cheese is overstuffed or the bread slices are thin and not able to take the amount of cheese. use a medium thick bread slices and an adequate amount of cheese. this way the cheese won’t spill over.

  13. My kids love this so much, I make this often when I am lazy to cook an elaborate breakfast!! The grilled spikes makes it irresistible!!