Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)


Pao de queijo are yummy gluten-free, wheat-free breads that are good for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Serve them plain or with marinara sauce. For more variety, try adding an herb seasonings, such as Italian seasoning, or try substituting other cheeses for the Parmesan.

close up view of Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo) on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 breads
close up view of Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo) on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
Faith Ang


  • ½ cup olive oil or butter

  • cup water

  • cup milk or soy milk

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups tapioca flour

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 beaten eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Combine olive oil, water, milk, and salt in a large saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from the heat.

  3. Stir in tapioca flour and garlic, stirring until smooth. Set aside to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Stir cheese and eggs into tapioca mixture until combined; the dough will be chunky, like cottage cheese.

  5. Drop dough by 1/4 cup-size balls onto an ungreased baking sheet.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
23g Fat
40g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 555mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 131mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 67mg 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.

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