Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

The very best method for making a classic grilled cheese sandwich.

Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt. Video: Serious Eats

How to Make a Better Grilled Cheese

While it may be one of the first meals that most of us ever attempt to cook, there is a science to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Toast the bread on both sides, to add buttery flavor and promote even melting; cook the sandwich low and slow, for an even, deep brown crust; use plenty of American cheese; and don't forget to salt. The result is the crunchy, buttery, melty sandwich of your childhood dreams.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 2 tablespoons (30g) butter, cut into 3 even pieces

  • 2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold

  • 2 slices American, cheddar, or Jack cheese

  • Kosher salt


  1. Melt 1 piece of butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom sides, about 2 minutes.

  2. Transfer bread to a cutting board, toasted side up. Place cheese slices on top of one slice, then close sandwich, with both toasted sides facing inward.

  3. Melt 1 piece of butter in skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add remaining butter. Return sandwich to skillet, cooked side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.


Special Equipment

10-inch nonstick skillet

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
554 Calories
45g Fat
22g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 554
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 57%
Saturated Fat 27g 134%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 1510mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 1191mg 92%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 281mg 6%
*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.)