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Panko Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

a stack of panko crusted grilled cheese sandwiches
These grilled cheese sandwiches are coated in panko breadcrumbs, giving them a crunchy finish.

Last week I made Crunchy French Toast by coating the bread in panko breadcrumbs, which gave me the idea to do something similar for grilled cheese sandwiches. I loved how these turned out. Crunchy on the outside, with gooey melted cheese in the middle. I’ve also done a version adding pesto and one using tomatoes.
panko crusted grilled cheese sandwiches on a cutting board
I’ve been on a grilled cheese kick lately. It’s fast, easy, comforting and doesn’t take a lot of effort. I’m going to keep this post short and simple because I’m writing it on a Monday. Okay it’s technically Tuesday since it’s past midnight, but I haven’t gone to sleep yet so I’m still in Monday mode.

I find myself so exhausted on Mondays. It doesn’t matter if I had a restful weekend or a busy weekend, Monday morning feels like I didn’t get enough sleep for days. I’m always careful to avoid doing tasks that could require a lot of thinking on Mondays. So I avoid signing important documents, writing complex letters or emails, etc. Otherwise, when I wake up on Tuesday I’ll usually cringe at what Monday me did.

Bottom line: these sandwiches were delicious and I definitely recommend giving them a try.
close-up of panko crusted grilled cheese sandwiches


Panko Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
These simple grilled cheese sandwiches get an upgrade with a crunchy panko coating.


  • 4  slices of bread
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs I recommend Kikkoman brand
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp nonfat milk
  • 3 thick slices of cheese I used white cheddar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter


  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and milk and set aside. Pour panko crumbs into a separate medium bowl and set aside. Dip both sides of bread slice into egg batter. Roll into breadcrumbs a few times until both sides are evenly and fully coated in breadcrumbs. Repeat with remaining bread.
  • Add butter to skillet and turn on the heat. After butter is melted, place bread onto skillet and cook until panko crumbs turn a golden brown. Flip over and repeat with the other side. Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining bread.
  • Place 2 slices of finished bread back onto skillet. Place a slice of cheese on each one and then place remaining 2 bread slice on top of the cheeses, forming 2 sandwiches. Pressing down slightly onto sandwich, heat both sides until cheese in the center is melted. Remove from heat and serve immediately.


Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 580kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 27.8g, Fat: 28.9g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8.6g, Trans Fat: 0.8g, Cholesterol: 249.3mg, Sodium: 748.1mg, Fiber: 0.7g, Sugar: 4.3g, Vitamin A: 950IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg, Calcium: 590mg, Iron: 2.7mg, Net Carbs: 49g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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