Smoky Cheddar Cheese Skillet Fondue Recipe

At the beginning of summer break, we have our daughters each write a summer bucket list. Their lists include anything and everything they hope to do that summer while on vacation from school. This year’s summer bucket lists included family bike rides, swimming, play dates, slumber parties with their cousins, camping, a day at the beach, going to the county fair, watching a movie at the theater and trying new foods.

When asked what new foods they wanted to try, my oldest said she wanted to try cheese fondue. So, to check something off her bucket list, we made cheese fondue.

We wanted the cheese sauce to have a bold smoky flavor to compliment the foods we were going to dip into the sauce. After trial and error, we came up with the following recipe.

2 cups of shredded medium cheddar cheese
1 TBS cornstarch
1 cup hot water
2 bouillon cubes in any flavor you wish (I used beef because we were going to have beef along with our fondue.)
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp smoked paprika powder


Place your bouillon cubes into the cup of hot water. Stir to dissolve and set aside. After shredding your cheese, sprinkle the cornstarch on top of it and lightly toss to coat. Set your cheese blend aside as well. In a hot cast iron skillet, add the water bouillon cube mixture, mustard powder, and smoked paprika powder. Once blended, reduce the heat to warm and begin adding your cheese a little at a time. Stir using a constant figure 8 motion. Once all the cheese has been added, melted, and come together in a nice sauce, remove the skillet from the heat. Then stir in your Worcestershire to complete the sauce. Serve your Smokey Cheddar Cheese Foude with a few different dippers. We chose fresh sourdough bread, broccoli spears, and beef cubes.

We had so much fun with our “new food.” I am really glad my daughter added this to her summer bucket list.

Have you tried any new foods this summer?

What are your favorite fondue combinations?


Hello, my name is Laurie. I have been married to my husband for 13 years. We have two young daughters, ages 9 and 12 years old. My family and I live in Oregon so that means we are just minutes from the beach, mountains, and desert.  We love it here and try to spend as much time outdoors playing as we can. When we aren’t outside playing, I enjoy reading, baking, refinishing furniture, and other crafts.

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  • That looks so good. My sister’s family would love to have that every day. They eat so much cheese. I will tell her about it. Thank you.

  • Jessica Cox

    I am totally pinning this I have tried many a fondue recipe but I can never find one that I love, I love fondue and my kids would try this just for the experience, we do chocolate with fruits and its always a hit.

  • Lauryn R

    Yum! This fondue recipe sounds delicious! I have never made my own before, but I am a little obsessed with cheese so I definitely need to try! I doubt that this would last long in our house. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

  • ellen beck

    You had me at the word cheese. I love a good fondue. hey used to be so popular, I am glad to see it is making a comeback. It s fun to eat, and the possibilities ae almost endless. It can be as fancy or as simple as you wish. Yours looks good, great bucket list item!

  • donna porter

    My family would love this recipe. We absolutely love cheese and this sounds amazing!

  • Debbie Welchert

    I just can’t wait to try this recipe. I think it will probably last at least 5 minutes here.

  • Deborah D

    I have not tried any new foods this summer. That cheese fondue looks great.

  • Darcy Koch

    Although we love cheese and eat it a lot, we seldom eat fondue. I will buy cheese wiz or other. That being said, this does sound easy to make and looks delicious. I just may try it.

  • gloria patterson

    Clean pan! Have not had fondue in years, way back when it was very popular we would make it all the time. I like that you used smoked paprika powder in it. I have been using it a lot lately on meats in my air fryer.

    Bucket list was a great ideal hope it is something you do each summer.

  • John Smith

    I’m not too familiar with the mysteries of cornstarch and Worcestershire Sauce, but this would be great for savoury foods!

  • Lesley F

    My family loves when we have fondue. Their favorite is dipping a good bread in the cheese. This looks delicious

  • Nancy Lee Epps

    Omg this sounds Delicious! ! My family LOVES cheese, I need to try this with my famous fried potatoes

  • Katie Miller

    We haven’t tried any new foods lately. I would love to try to make pupusas!

  • Rosie

    This recipe made me remember I bought smoked paprika for the first time to try it in some recipes, but totally forgot about it. I’d love to try this, as I like using veggies this way. I know it is important to use the cornstarch this way, as it will help prevent the cheese from sticking together in a big clumps! Sounds delish!

  • Karen Jaras

    I had never thought of that, but I bet my grandchildren would definitely eat everything if they could dip it in cheese. Being from Wisconsin, everything is better with cheese.

  • Karen Jaras

    I had never thought of that, but I bet my grandchildren would definitely eat everything if they could dip it in cheese. Being from Wisconsin, everything is better with cheese.

  • Deanna Marissa

    wow this sounds yummy. My kids loves cheddar fondue. Can’t wait to try this combination.

  • Dawn Ganey

    I have never tried fondue. This looks simple & delicious.

  • Marisela Zuniga

    This looks so good! we love cheese fondue

  • Brandon Sparks

    I have always wanted to try this but have yet to do so. I bet my kids would really love this. Guess what we will be doing this weekend.. Thanks so much..

  • Tamra Phelps

    I absolutely love just about any cheese. This looks so delicious! I haven’t done fondue for too long.

  • Maryann D.

    Smoky Cheddar Cheese Skillet Fondue Recipe seems so tasty and fun too. I would enjoy making this for a nice party.

  • Linda Manns Linneman

    This sounds so good. I have not had a fondue in so long. This would be a wonderful, fun and easy meal. Thank you so much for sharing this

  • Sarah L

    I like all the flavors in this fondue. I’m glad your daughter likes trying new foods.

  • Barbara

    This sounds really good. All my grandchildren love cheddar so it is something I will definitely try. I also like recipes that are quick and easy.

  • Michelle S

    I wouldn’t have expected to be able to do this in pan. I love that it seems so easy yet yummy!

  • gala

    Thanks so much. I’m going to try this recipe soon

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