Grilled Cheese 101, Plus Tips, Tricks

There’s just something about biting into a grilled cheese sandwich – perhaps it’s the crunch of the toasted bread, the creamy, ooey-gooey-ness of the melted cheese, or how three simple ingredients can come together to make something that’s magical.

This winter, if you’re new to cooking, consider learning how to make grilled cheese. It’ll probably be your most delicious resolution to date. Not sure where to start? Let us help. 

If you still haven’t perfected your grilled cheese recipe yet, or if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy the classic comfort food, we’ve pulled together a few suggestions that may be just what you’re looking for. 

The ingredients and procedure at their core are simple, tried and true. You can use the bread and cheese that you have on hand, but odds are after you’ve made a few grilled cheese sandwiches, you’ll learn exactly how you like your grilled cheese. Perhaps sourdough will become your go-to bread, or maybe you’ll enjoy adding a slice of spicy pepper jack cheese to your sandwich. The options are endless, which means sooner or later you’ll discover “your” grilled cheese.  


  • 1 T. salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 3 ounces of cheese, either grated or shredded


1. Heat a pan over medium heat. 

2. Take a knife and spread the butter over one side of each slice of bread. 

3. Put one slice of bread in the pan, buttered side down. Sprinkle the slice with cheese and top with the other slice, buttered side up. 

4. Turn the heat down slightly, and cook until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes. 

5. Flip the sandwich and cook until the other side is golden, about another 2-4 minutes. 

Tips and Tricks

If you’re slicing your own cheese, remember that a thicker slice will take longer to melt, which may mean your bread may burn in the meantime. Instead of slicing cheese, consider shredding it. It will help the cheese melt faster and more evenly. 

If you’re slicing your own bread, remember that thicker slices of bread will increase your cooking time, too, as it’ll take longer for the heat to reach and melt the cheese. This may also mean that the bread may burn as you wait for the cheese to melt. If your cheese isn’t melting as quickly as you’d like it, put a lid over your pan. It’ll hold in the heat, which will help melt the cheese. 

Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to take your grilled cheese to the next level by adding extra layers of flavor. Here are some suggestions from our friends at Go Bold with Butter, and some others from the Food Network