Savory Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)


These moreish cheese bread bites are a favorite in Brazil and just happen to be gluten-free. Easy and delicious! Serve warm.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
30 buns


  • 1 ¼ cups milk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 4 cups tapioca flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a baking sheet.

  2. Combine milk, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil, and salt together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add tapioca flour; stir constantly until dough easily pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the heat; cool 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Mix in Parmesan cheese.

  3. Shape the dough into small balls with greased hands; place onto baking sheet a few inches apart.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden, about 25 minutes.

Cook's Note:

To keep these delicious morsels gluten-free, use tapioca flour to dust the baking tray.

Editor's Note:

We have updated the converted measurements to better reflect the original submission, which called for 300ml milk, 150ml vegetable oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 500g tapioca flour, 2 eggs, and 250g grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

130 Calories
6g Fat
16g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 130
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Protein 3g
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 26mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.