Almojábanas (Cheese Fritters)

  • Serves

    makes About 40 Fritters

These frituras, or fritters, are a popular snack in Puerto Rico. This recipe first appeared in our December 2011 issue along with Kathleen Squires's story Island Holiday.


  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 oz. queso blanco or mozzarella, shredded


Step 1

Pour oil to a depth of 2″ into a 6-qt. Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375°. Boil milk, butter, and salt in a 4-qt. saucepan over high heat; let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in flour, baking powder, and eggs; return to heat and cook, stirring, until dough thickens, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Drop tablespoons of dough into oil; fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

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