Foolproof Cheese Fondue Recipe

The secret of fondue? Why, there's not really much of a secret at all. Niki Achitoff-Gray

Cheese fondue is one of the great melted-cheese dishes of the world, and it couldn't be simpler—but getting it right requires paying attention to a few key points. In this recipe, a combination of Emmentaler and Gruyère are melted together into a white wine base, then spiked with lemon juice and, optionally, kirsch.

Why this recipe works:

  • A combination of Emmentaler and Gruyère produces a not-too-expensive fondue with a rich, delicious flavor that's not too funky.
  • Lemon juice helps stabilize the emulsion of melted cheese and wine, while providing a bright flavor to balance the dairy-fat richness.
  • Keeping the heat low while melting in the cheese prevents the fondue from breaking.

Recipe Facts



Active: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1 medium clove garlic, cut in half

  • 1 cup dry white wine, such as sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, plus more as needed

  • 1/2 pound Emmentaler cheese, grated

  • 1/2 pound Gruyère cheese, grated

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon kirsch (optional)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white or black pepper

  • Toasted bread cubed and/or lightly blanched vegetables, for dipping


  1. Rub cut faces of garlic cloves around the inside of a fondue pot, double boiler, or stainless steel mixing bowl set over a pot of simmering water (do not allow bowl to come into direct contact with the water). Add wine and heat until steaming. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together both cheeses with cornstarch until evenly coated.

  2. Working over low heat, add cheese 1 handful at a time, stirring until mostly melted before adding next handful. Continue until all cheese is melted into the wine, forming a smooth, glossy melted cheese sauce, about 10 minutes;it is very important that the fondue stay below a simmer once you start adding the cheese, or there's a risk it could break. Stir in lemon juice and kirsch, if using, until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. If not already in a fondue pot, transfer fondue to a fondue pot to keep it warm and melted at the table. Serve with toasted bread cubes and lightly blanched vegetables for dipping. If fondue begins to thicken too much, add a small splash of wine to loosen it.

Special equipment

Fondue pot

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
360 Calories
24g Fat
7g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 485mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 728mg 56%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 72mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)