Marmite grilled cheese

Marmite Grilled Cheese
Marmite Grilled Cheese

Let me make something clear. A grilled cheese is not the same as a cheese toastie. For thirty-three years I thought they were the same thing, until my boyfriend Jamie made me one on my birthday last week for breakfast (I know, he’s the best).
So the main difference is that the grilled cheese is essentially the bigger, fatter, American cousin of our more humble cheese toastie. Traditionally it’s made with shitty white bread but as I can’t bring myself to buy that (mainly because I love shitty white bread and would end up eating the whole loaf) I’m sticking to the less traditional, more rustic wholemeal loaf. Not only is it the healthier choice but it’s all I have in the house and can’t be bothered to go to shops. I think if I had planned this better, I would have chosen sourdough but my wholemeal loaf is just as robust and will give a good textural contrast with the oozy cheese.
The other main difference between the two, is that you butter the outside of the bread and fry it in a frying pan, no grilling involved – not sure why it’s called a grilled cheese but there you go. Buttering the outside of the bread gives the grilled cheese a deliciously crisp, golden coating unlike it’s dryer cousin. I do love a cheese toastie though and regularly make one after a drunk night out. Although I nearly always opt for a cheese and Branston pickle filling like my mama used to make. Good old Branston.
Anyway, unlike the traditional grilled cheese, I’m filling mine with cheese and Marmite but if you’re not a Marmite fan, then simply leave it out, I won’t be offended.

Marmite grilled cheese
Serves 1 / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 15 mins / V
You’ll need…
A non stick frying pan – preferably with a lid
2 pieces of bread (white is the traditional choice, although I prefer brown)
60g medium vegetarian cheddar, finely grated
1 tsp Marmite
2 tsp boiling water
Spreadable unsalted butter

TIP: You don’t just have to stick to cheddar, feel free to mix it up and add up to 3 melty cheeses of your choice. Personally I think a mixture of red Leicester and Emmental would be momentous. 

1. In a small bowl, add 1 tsp of Marmite and 2 teaspoons of boiling water. Mix together to loosen the Marmite until you have a brown watery liquid. Finely grate the cheese (finely grating helps the cheese melt faster) and pop in a bowl. Pour the Marmite liquid over the cheese and stir well. Put to one side.
2. Butter each slice of your chosen bread (you can use any bread you like really, just make sure it’s not too thick or your cheese will struggle to melt). Heat a medium sized saucepan on a medium to high heat for a couple of minutes until hot and add a knob of butter. Once the butter has melted and is sizzling, place both slices of bread carefully in the pan butter side down and spoon the cheesy Marmite mixture evenly onto both slices. Top the frying pan with a lid (if you have one) or place a large heatproof bowl over the top of the slices – this helps the cheese to melt.
3. Once the cheese has melted, remove the lid and sandwich the slices together. Press the sandwich down with a spatular and turn the heat down to medium. Keep the sandwich moving in the pan and continue to press down on it for a couple more minutes before flipping over. Once the crust is nice and golden and the cheese is suitably oozy, remove from the pan and enjoy immediately.


Marmite Grilled Cheese

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V– Vegetarian

6 thoughts on “Marmite grilled cheese

  1. Oh my goodness so I’m English but moved to the US in 2015. Have to say…they call any kind of frying grilling here…it confused me at first haha.

    My husband who is American just made me a grilled cheese for dinner and I really fancied marmite so I put some on after he had already made it. And I was wondering if anyone else had done it before….then I googled and found your recipe. Have to say the bit before the recipe made me chuckle.

    I know you mentioned branston pickle. Add that to a grilled cheese and oh my you have yourself a winner.

    Really nice seeing a fellow Brit make an American classic more English. Kudos to you my friend.

    I’m a veggie too so I’m going to now browse your space a bit.

    Thanks for the laugh!


    1. Hey Corinna! Greetings from London 🙋🏻‍♀️ Hope you’re staying safe and stocking up on Marmite in these strange times!

      Thanks you for your comment, I love me a bit of Marmite and I actually had a Branston grilled cheese the other day when I was drunk – it was divine even if I did burn the top of my mouth. Worth it 😆

      Glad you found my wee blog on google and do let me know if you have any other American inspired veggie dishes you want me to have a go at.

      Enjoy the blog and I’m very glad it made you laugh. Food blogs can be so serious!

      Best wishes from Blighty x


      1. This makes me very happy that you put some branston tang on your grilled cheese even if it burnt your mouth!

        I feel like chilli is a big thing here. There are chilli competitions and stuff.

        But I guess my mum used to make a chilli but she always called it chilli con carne? Which I guess is the same thing so maybe that’s not really an American dish you can make veggie.

        Biscuits and gravy is one of favourite things here but most people make the gravy with meat. It’s essentially like a white sauce and then a lot of people put chunks of ham in it I think? There’s this place near me that does a gravy with veggie choritzo and sweet potato. *chef kiss* so good.

        That would be my suggestion of your next veggie dish! It’s a southern classic. Biscuits are kind of like scones but not quite?? They’re so good.


      2. You literally can’t have a Branston grilled cheese without the tangy burn – not possible 😆 I’m also too eager to shove in my mouth.

        Ah yes I have heard of these ‘biscuits’ my boyfriend loves the south and tried to explain them to me once. Will look into it and see if I can make it happen.

        Thanks for the tip and enjoy that veggie chorizo… which could also make a pretty great grilled cheese filling I feel 👍


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