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

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Panko Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 580 Calories from Fat 260
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.9g44%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Trans Fat 0.8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.6g
Cholesterol 249.3mg83%
Sodium 748.1mg33%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 4.3g5%
Protein 27.8g56%
Vitamin A 950IU19%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 590mg59%
Iron 2.7mg15%
Net Carbs 49g98%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.




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