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Cheese sauce recipe for fries.
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Cheese Sauce for Fries

This cheese sauce recipe for fries is easy to make, incredibly creamy, and can be prepared faster than it takes to cook your French fries.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 191kcal


  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ cup milk plus more as needed
  • 2 ounces cream cheese warmed
  • 6 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • teaspoon salt
  • French fries for serving


  • Melt butter in a small sauce pan set over medium-low heat. Once melted, add flour and whisk to combine.
  • Continue whisking for 3 minutes, or until the flour mixture begins to darken slightly.
  • Slowly whisk in the half and half and milk a couple tablespoons at a time. Ensure the liquid is fully incorporated into the sauce prior to adding more. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer.
  • Place the cream cheese in a bowl and warm in the microwave until heated through. Then laddle the warmed sauce into it. Once the cream cheese is a saucy consistency it can be poured into the saucepan.*
  • Add shredded cheddar to the saucepan a handful at a time. Mix it into the sauce prior to adding more.
  • Add hot sauce and salt to the sauce, then serve immediately over crispy fries.


*Tempering the cream cheese prevents it from curdling.
If the sauce is too thin, simmer it a few minutes longer.
If the sauce is too thick, add a little more milk.
This creamy sauce is great to serve with deep-fried French fries. But it is also equally enjoyable with oven-baked and air fryer fries.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 1mg