Inside-Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Inside-Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Chef John

"In my humble opinion, this crispy, crunchy, cheesy masterpiece is the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. Make sure you follow some basic rules for this to work properly. Only use airy, nutritionally insignificant white bread. Use a nice sharp cheddar and be sure to use a quality non-stick pan over medium to medium-low heat."
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15 m servings 564 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 564 kcal
  • 28%
  • Fat:
  • 43.4 g
  • 67%
  • Carbs:
  • 26g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 18.1 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 120 mg
  • 40%
  • Sodium:
  • 855 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Place bread slices in the skillet on top of the melted butter.
  2. Spread about 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese on one slice of bread; place the other slice of bread, butter-side up, on top of the cheese. Spread about 2 tablespoons of cheese on top of the sandwich.
  3. Melt remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter in the skillet next to the sandwich. Flip the sandwich onto the melted butter so that the cheese-side is facing down. Spread remaining cheese on top of the sandwich. Cook sandwich until cheese on the bottom is crispy and caramelized, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip sandwich and cook until cheese is crispy and caramelized on the other side, another 3 to 4 minutes.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.


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  1. 43 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This sandwich is amazing. I didn't think a grilled cheese could be improved but I am mistaken. The cheese on the outside of the bread had an amazing crunch and a different almost smoked tasting ...

Most helpful critical review

It stuck to the Teflon pan terribly.

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This sandwich is amazing. I didn't think a grilled cheese could be improved but I am mistaken. The cheese on the outside of the bread had an amazing crunch and a different almost smoked tasting ...

This was simple to make and delicious. Another excellent recipe from Chef John.

This was an extra delish cheesy experience for the comfort food crew. Having the browned cheese with the gooey cheese and the buttery crispy bread, is the perfect meal for any time of the day, b...

Made grilled cheese like this by accident once upon a time when I tried to over-stuff the sammy w/ cheese and half of it fell back was delicious and now we make them like this on purpos...

Genius! I never thought to add cheese to the outside so that the entire sandwich is browned cheese, bite after bite. Previously, whenever I would make grilled cheese, I'd let some cheese hang ...

Thanks Chef John! I made this by accident for my daughter once and now we make grilled cheese like this all the time. I love your comment about the non-nutritional white bread. You can even get ...

added fried bologna.was in heaven

thank goodness for these basic recipes! I've been vegan most of my life, and now gluten free. For the first time in my life I'm dating a meat eater. I have no idea how to cook for him! This and ...

the only thing i can't understand is why ppl put the butter in the pan. its so much easier to just butter the outside of the bread. its evenly distributed. no chance of getting wet greasy bread ...

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