How to make French Cheese Souffle Recipe

Hello, my dear foodies! It’s Julia here from Dinner with Julia. Today, I’m going to share with you a culinary adventure that’s close to my heart – the journey of mastering the French Cheese Souffle. Now, before we dive into the recipe, let’s explore some cooking tips, serving suggestions, and FAQs that will make your soufflé experience truly unforgettable!

French Cheese Souffle Recipe

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A freshly baked French Cheese Soufflé, standing tall and proud in its dish, golden and tempting

French Cheese Soufflé Recipe

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 6 people
Calories 560 kcal


  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 baking dish
  • 1 oven


  • Eight eggs
  • Four drops of lemon juice
  • Two cups of milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • Five ounces of gruyere cheese
  • Half cup of flour
  • Five tablespoon of butter


  • Take a large bowl.
  • Add all the ingredients into the bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients well.
  • Pour the mixture into a baking dish.
  • Bake the dish for twenty minutes.
  • Your dish is ready to be served.


Keyword eggs, flour, gruyere cheese, lemon juice, milk

Cooking French Cheese Souffle in an Air Fryer

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A cross-section of the soufflé, revealing its light, airy interior contrasted against the creamy, melted cheese
  • Preparation: Prepare your French Cheese Soufflé mixture as per the recipe. Instead of preheating your oven, preheat your air fryer at 320°F (160°C).
  • Transfer to Dish: Transfer the soufflé mixture into a small, air fryer-safe dish that fits comfortably inside your air fryer basket.
  • Cooking: Place the dish in the air fryer basket, ensuring it is stable. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook one soufflé at a time.
  • Baking: Cook the soufflé at 320°F (160°C) for about 15 minutes, or until it has risen and is golden brown on top. Every air fryer is different, so keep an eye on it to prevent overcooking.
  • Serving: Serve your air-fried French Cheese Soufflé immediately, just as you would with the oven-baked version. It’s perfect as a light lunch or a sophisticated starter.

Tips for making French Cheese Souffle

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A beautifully set table featuring the French Cheese Soufflé, a green salad, and a glass of white wine – the perfect meal.

Cooking Tips for a Flawless French Cheese Soufflé

  • Quality Ingredients: The key to a great soufflé starts with high-quality cheese. Opt for a good Gruyère or Comté for a rich, authentic flavor.
  • Temperature Matters: Ensure your eggs are at room temperature before you start. Cold eggs can cause the soufflé to fall flat.
  • Whisking Whites: Whisk your egg whites to stiff peaks but be careful not to overbeat them. They should be glossy and hold their shape.

Serving Suggestions

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The process of whisking egg whites to stiff peaks, a crucial step in achieving the perfect soufflé

Now, let’s talk about how to serve this airy, cheesy delight.

  • Timing is Everything: A soufflé waits for no one! Serve it immediately after it comes out of the oven to enjoy its full, puffy glory.
  • Pair with Greens: A fresh green salad with a tangy vinaigrette is the perfect accompaniment to balance the richness of the soufflé.
  • Wine Pairing: A glass of crisp white wine, like a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc, complements the creamy cheese flavors beautifully.


  • Can I prepare the soufflé ahead of time? Unfortunately, a soufflé needs to be served immediately after baking to maintain its height and texture. However, you can prepare the base in advance and add the whisked egg whites just before baking.
  • Why did my soufflé collapse? This could be due to several reasons: overbeating the egg whites, opening the oven door during baking, or not folding the egg whites into the base gently enough.
  • Can I use other types of cheese? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cheeses. Just keep in mind that a good melting cheese works best.
  • What if I don’t have a soufflé dish? You can use ramekins as an alternative. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • How do I know when my soufflé is done? The soufflé should rise significantly and become golden brown on top. A skewer inserted into the center should come out clean.

And there you have it, my fellow food enthusiasts! I hope this post has inspired you to embark on your own French Cheese Souffle adventure. Remember, cooking is all about creativity, experimentation, and above all, enjoyment. So, let’s get whisking!

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