Traditional Welsh Rarebit


This Welsh rarebit recipe brings back childhood memories of staying home with Mum and making this delicious cheese on toast. The cheese sauce is also wonderful for topping fish or roasted veggies. Do use a heavy British or European beer.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
8 slices


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup British beer

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream

  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 8 slices bread


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add flour and whisk for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to brown flour. Whisk in Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper until very smooth. Whisk in beer. Pour in heavy cream and whisk until smooth. Add Cheddar cheese gradually, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.

  2. Remove cheese sauce from the heat and let cool, about 5 minutes. Whisk in egg yolks until incorporated.

  3. Set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  4. Toast bread slices on 1 side. Arrange on a baking sheet with the untoasted side facing up. Spoon cheese sauce over untoasted side.

  5. Place under the preheated broiler until cheese sauce is bubbling and golden, 2 to 3 minutes.


You can use English muffins instead of bread slices if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

530 Calories
41g Fat
19g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 530
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 231mg 77%
Sodium 723mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 490mg 38%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 149mg 3%

* 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.

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