Best Crispy Jalapeño Poppers Recipe – Easy Deep-Fried Appetizer

Best Crispy Jalapeño Poppers Recipe - Easy Deep-Fried Appetizer

Indulge in the ultimate game day snack with these crispy, cheesy jalapeño poppers. Perfect for parties or a spicy treat any time!

The Secret to Perfect Jalapeño Poppers

Creating the perfect jalapeño popper is an art form. After extensive testing, we’ve cracked the code for poppers with a shatteringly crisp exterior and gooey, flavorful filling. The key? Slicing the jalapeños into rings for consistent sizing and even cooking.

Preparing the Peppers

Start by trimming the jalapeños and cutting them into 1-inch rings. Remove the seeds and ribs carefully – a melon baller works wonders here. Remember to wear gloves to protect your hands from the spicy oils!

Crafting the Creamy Filling

Our cream cheese filling is elevated with a blend of spices and a splash of lime juice. This combination creates a tangy, zesty flavor that perfectly complements the heat of the jalapeños. Feel free to experiment with your favorite spices to customize the taste.

The Art of Breading

Achieving the perfect crispy coating can be tricky, but our double-dredging method ensures success. A quick dip in milk followed by flour creates a base that helps the breadcrumbs adhere beautifully. The result? A thin, crispy coating that doesn’t overpower the jalapeño and cheese.

Frying to Golden Perfection

Fry these little gems in 350°F (175°C) oil until they’re gorgeously golden. The hot oil seals in the cheese while crisping up the exterior. Don’t forget to salt them while they’re hot!

Irresistible Crispy Deep-Fried Jalapeño Poppers Recipe


  • 1 pound jalapeños
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 2 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 to 2 quarts vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 1 batch roasted tomato salsa or your favorite salsa, for serving


  1. Don your gloves and trim the jalapeños. Slice into 1-inch rings and remove seeds and ribs. A melon baller is your secret weapon here.
  2. In a bowl, blend cream cheese with lime juice and spices. Season with salt to taste. Fill each jalapeño ring completely, smoothing the surface.
  3. Set up your breading station: milk, flour, and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Dip each popper in milk, then coat in flour.
  4. Allow floured poppers to rest for 5 minutes on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Re-dip each popper in milk, then thoroughly coat in breadcrumbs.
  6. Coat each popper evenly in breadcrumbs, ensuring full coverage.
  7. Heat oil to 350°F (175°C). Fry poppers until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Let cool slightly before serving with salsa.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
102 Calories
8g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30
Amount per serving
Calories 102
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 75mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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