Making Grilled Cheese in a Pan

This meryenda (snack) recipe is a must-know for all moms. It's something kids will really love; plus it's so easy to do.

Let's make some grilled cheese!

Making grilled cheese is something you can do in a pan. You don't have a waffle press or panini maker. With a little patience and ingenuity, you can make a tasty grilled cheese sandwich by employing the aid of your ever-reliable cooking pan.

The bread
There are a lot of breads to choose from in making grilled cheese. There's the French breads, soft wheat bread, loaves, Ciabatta bread, the baguette; and the list goes on. For this very simple recipe, I went with what I normally buy in the stores - the good 'ole wheat bread.

The cheese
As for the cheese, I bought President's processed cheddar cheese slices. I don't have a cheese cutter that'll ensure a perfect cut. I suppose this is the right choice of cheese for me. Plus, they melt very fast.

Other ingredients
Other ingredients are up to you. If you are fond of meats, you can add ham, bacon; or in my case, spam. You can also add mushrooms, onions and other delightful fillings in your bread. But... that should call for a different post. For now, we are sticking with the basic.

No butter; no mayo. I try to avoid unnecessary fats in my system. While butter and mayo will definitely add a lot of flavor into my sandwich, I am begging them off. There are other recipes I can put them in. Meanwhile, if you want to add more flavor into your grilled cheese, go ahead and give it a thin whip.

Mustard is also optional.

Then, we start grilling!

Steps in making grilled cheese in a pan:
1. Heat up the pan. (No oil necessary.)

2. While the pan heats up, prepare the cheese sandwich for grilling. (Cheese slice in between 2 slices of loaf bread)

3. Grill that sandwich.
Press the sandwich against the pan using a spatula, preferably rubber.
You want to really press on it to flatten the bread while it grills against the pan. 

4. Flip the sandwich to the other side. Repeat step #3.

5. Let it cool for a bit. Then, munch on it!

Just a quick note before I end this simple grilled cheese recipe. Some people like making grilled cheese under low heat so the cheese would melt nicely, warm the other ingredient filled and NOT burn the bread. In my case, I am grilling under high heat since the cheese I'm using is quick melt, loaf breads are really thin and there is no other ingredient to warm. :) It's up to you how high or low you prefer you heat. At least, you get the drift on how to make grilled cheese with the humble pan.

In summary:

Grilled Cheese in a Pan

5/5 stars

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5-10 minutes

  • Bread
  • Cheese slice
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Ham (optional)
  • Spam (optional)
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat the pan.
  2. Prepare the cheese sandwich.
  3. Grill the sandwich on the pan.
  4. Press a spatula against the sandwich until golden.
  5. Do the same for the other side.
  6. Serve with a cold drink.

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  1. My husband naman pan grilled monay with cheese, ham and egg in between. Nun college kasi kami un ang famous merienda sa university that is called flying saucer. Hehe.

    Mommy Maye

  2. Uyy, I love cheese! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. timing snack time na.. gutom tuloy ako for this food

  4. My kids love grilled cheese sandwiches too. Looks delish! ;-)

  5. So easy to cook. That's one of the things I love about cheese it can be grilled.

  6. This is something I can prepare on my own. I used to have this as baon when I was younger.

  7. this is very easy dear! indeed a very wuick snacks for kids!! We usually do this few times because we are bread eater. Specially my husband he cannot live without bread hihi xxxx

  8. I remember putting on butter and sugar and grilling it just like that! I'd do it again one time!

  9. I really want to try this one. Thanks for the recipe. Will try this for breakfast :))

  10. I love cheese. Every time I'm in a cafe, I ask for an extra cheese on my sandwich

  11. wahaha. i just did this for my merienda here in house.

  12. sarap! i always make this, i fave cheese

  13. I love grilled cheese sandwiches to..will try to make them this weekend :)

  14. I never tried grilling in the pan, I usually use the oven toaster. hehe

  15. Thanks for sharing this one. I will try this and I am sure my son will love this.

  16. I like anything with cheese, would try this one of these days

  17. will do this!!! hahahaha i love spam thanks for sharing

  18. It super yummy and easy to do, I like mine with ham and cheese. Thanks for sharing:)

  19. easy recipe.. let me try to do it next time. :)

  20. I love sandwiches with cheese. I did grilled cheese sandwich before with mushrooms and spinach plus oregano.

  21. Cool! My daughter will love this! I hope my son outgrows his allergy to dairy products, so he could try this out.

  22. This is so good! We do have a griller at home and there was a time that we were doing this every single day. Melted cheese tastes really good!

  23. Comfort food! I love grilled cheese! :)

  24. my kids really love this grilled cheese sandwich, yum!

  25. I love grilled cheese. So easy to make too :)

  26. looks so easy to make talaga! sometimes i do this too. but with the help of the ever reliable sandwich maker! hihi!

  27. Waaaaahhhh!!!! It's almost 4am here. Now i'm drooling :(

  28. This looks so delicious! And I actually have a sandwich griller that we haven't used in a while. Magamit nga!

  29. wow! that is so easy to make, thanks for sharing the recipe, I will trying this soon..

  30. Simple and easy to do, kaya moms can also teach their kids to do this no? I also like grilled cheese. :-)

  31. I used to prepare this sandwich before but I stopped for unknown reasons. Thanks for reminding me. again. :)

  32. Alm mo msarap croque Monseur! Just take a simple ham and cheese sandwich and layer the top with bechamel and cheese. Pop it in the oven. Super yummy un

  33. Love your photos here. Wayyyy better than before. We are doing great na! Cool!

  34. I like cheese very much! This makes me hungry already.

  35. Yummy! You're making me hungry! :D Is President cheese good?

  36. your instructions are very simple, i'm sure even kids could even follow :)


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