Delicious Comfort Food: Welsh Rarebit Recipe

Hey there foodies, I’m thrilled to share with you my perfected Welsh Rarebit recipe. Keep reading to find out why this cheesy and savory dish is the perfect appetizer or snack.

First things first, let’s clear up any confusion about the name. Welsh Rarebit is sometimes referred to as Welsh Rabbit (even though there’s no rabbit in it). It’s a classic British dish made of a warm cheese sauce typically served on toasted bread.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have tried and tested numerous rarebit recipes to come up with the ultimate Welsh Rarebit recipe. The perfect texture, flavor, and ingredients are all necessary for an amazing Welsh Rarebit experience.

This traditional dish has been around for centuries and has become increasingly popular across different countries like Australia and New Zealand. Some have even added their own variations and twists to this timeless dish.

Before we dive into the recipe, allow me to say that once you’ve tried my perfect Welsh Rarebit recipe, you’ll never want any other. Trust me when I say that your taste buds will thank you for taking the time to make this delicious meal. So let’s get started on this cheese-filled journey!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Perfect Welsh Rarebit
Perfect Welsh Rarebit

Hey there, foodies! If you’re a huge fan of British cuisine, then you’re in for a real treat because I’m about to share with you the ultimate Welsh Rarebit recipe that will surely make your taste buds dance. Trust me when I say, you won’t want to miss out on this one.

First off, what makes our Welsh Rarebit recipe so special is that it combines the traditional Welsh recipe with a twist of modern flavors that will surely tickle your palate. Picture melted cheddar cheese mixed with a dark beer sauce and a hint of Worcestershire and English mustard – it’s simply divine.

But wait, let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe even more. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also affordable as you most likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry or fridge already. It’s perfect for any day of the week or even for entertaining guests as it’s sure to impress.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to indulge in the best Welsh Rarebit you’ve ever tasted with our ultimate recipe.

Ingredient List

 A golden brown and bubbly Welsh Rarebit fresh out of the oven.
A golden brown and bubbly Welsh Rarebit fresh out of the oven.

Let’s dive into the key ingredients you’ll need to create the perfect Welsh Rarebit.


The star and soul of rarebit recipe is undoubtedly cheddar cheese. The cheese in this recipe provides an irresistible, rich and tangy flavor. Grated strong or mature cheddar is recommended for the optimal taste.


To balance the richness of the cheese, we need to add some bitterness to the mixture by adding a good quality dark beer. The beer also adds body and depth to the sauce.


There are many options when it comes to serving your Welsh Rarebit, but traditionally it is served on top of an toasted crusty bread slice.

Flour & Butter

These two general baking ingredients; unsalted butter and plain flour, are used to make a roux, or a paste-like mixture, which thickens the Welsh Rarebit sauce.

Mustard & Worcestershire Sauce

Since this is an English dish, we are using English ingredients as well! That includes mustard powder and English mustard for flavoring. Another must-have English ingredient in making Welsh Rarebit sauce is Worcestershire sauce – with its caramel color and strong, savory umami taste, it really helps bring out the richness of the cheese sauce.

Milk & Egg

To make for a creamy and smooth texture of our perfect Welsh Rarebit sauce we are adding both, a large egg and a combination of 50 ml of whole milk
and milk mixed with mustard and Worcestershire sauce separately.

Cayenne Pepper

For those who prefer their food with a little kick, you can mix in some cayenne pepper (optional) in your recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 A close-up shot of the melted cheese and Worcestershire sauce mixture drizzled on top of the bread.
A close-up shot of the melted cheese and Worcestershire sauce mixture drizzled on top of the bread.

Let me walk you through the steps to make the perfect Welsh rarebit recipe. Trust me, this is a dish that will indulge your cravings in seconds and satisfy your taste buds like nothing else.

Ingredients (1x, 2x or 3x):

Before starting the recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients at hand.

  • 50g unsalted butter
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 250ml dark beer (such as ale)
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 225g grated strong Cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Step one: Make roux

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat until it begins to foam. Add in flour, and cook while continuously stirring with a wooden spoon for about two minutes until lightly golden.

Step two: Add liquid ingredients

Gradually add beer, stirring consistently to prevent lumps from forming. Then add milk and stir again.

Step three: Add remaining ingredients

Add Worcestershire sauce, grated Cheddar cheese, English mustard powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper into the pan. Mix well until melted and smooth.

Step four: Finish cooking

Lightly beat an egg in a separate mixing bowl before adding it to the cheesy mixture on the stove. Stir well for an additional minute or so, then remove from heat.

Step five: Toast bread slices

Preheat grill/broiler while slicing thick pieces of crusty bread. Butter each slice on both sides and place them onto a lined baking sheet or grill pan.

Step six: Top with Welsh rarebit mix

Pour generous amounts of the Welsh rarebit mix onto the top of each piece of toast.

Step seven: Grill to perfection

Place the baking sheet or grill pan in the oven, making sure the grill is at its highest setting. Leave for a few minutes until golden and bubbling.

And that’s it – you’ve got a perfect Welsh rarebit recipe on your hands that will make you feel like you’re having supper at your favourite hole-in-the-wall pub in England. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 A person spreading the cheese mixture over thick slices of bread.
A person spreading the cheese mixture over thick slices of bread.

Alright, alright, alright! So you wanna shake things up a bit and put your own spin on this classic Welsh Rarebit recipe? Well, go ahead and get creative with some of these substitutions and variations.

Let’s start with the cheese. While cheddar is the most commonly used cheese for Welsh Rarebit, you can experiment with other types of sharp, nutty cheeses like Gruyere or Emmental. Don’t be afraid to mix different cheeses together as well – it could make for a tasty surprise!

If you don’t have beer on hand, you can substitute it with white wine or even chicken or vegetable broth. But let’s be real, beer adds a unique depth of flavor to the dish that is hard to replicate.

In terms of spices, cayenne pepper can be added for a little extra kick or even smoked paprika for a smoky flavor. You could also swap out English mustard for Dijon or whole grain mustard for a different texture.

Now, if you want to switch up the presentation, try serving the Welsh Rarebit over some crispy potato skins or roasted vegetables instead of bread. Or top off some nachos with the cheesy sauce and garnish with scallions and diced tomatoes – nacho-style Welsh Rarebit!

Bottom line: don’t be afraid to play around with combinations that work best for your taste buds. As my man Jamie Oliver once said, “Cooking is about passion…good things happen when you love what you cook.” So get cooking and make this Welsh Rarebit recipe your own!

Serving and Pairing

 A perfectly toasted slice of bread topped with a generous helping of the cheesy sauce.
A perfectly toasted slice of bread topped with a generous helping of the cheesy sauce.

Once your perfect Welsh rarebit is hot and bubbly out of the oven, be sure to serve it immediately while it’s still steaming! The best way to enjoy the taste and texture of a traditional Welsh rarebit is with a slice of crusty bread, lightly toasted until golden brown. The crispy texture of the toast pairs beautifully with the richness and creaminess of the cheese sauce creating a perfect balance in every bite.

To make your dish a complete meal, serve it alongside a simple green salad dressed with vinaigrette or some roasted vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower. You can also add some baked potatoes on the side for a more substantial meal.

For drinks, you can’t go wrong with a cold glass of beer to pair with your Welsh rarebit. A rich and dark ale complements the earthy and savory notes of this dish perfectly. However, this dish also pairs well with other beverages such as red wine, cider or even tea.

So gather all your ingredients, turn up your oven and follow the directions carefully to make this classic comfort food recipe. Your family and friends are sure to be impressed with the ultimate Welsh rarebit recipe that will satisfy their cravings for cheesy goodness from the first bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A mouth-watering photo of the Welsh Rarebit being served on a plate with a side of pickles and vegetables.
A mouth-watering photo of the Welsh Rarebit being served on a plate with a side of pickles and vegetables.

You don’t have to worry about making the Welsh rarebit right before serving. In fact, you can make this dish ahead of time if you want. Simply prepare the cheese sauce as directed in the recipe but hold off on adding the beer until ready to serve.

To store the Welsh rarebit, transfer it to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. But I’ll be honest with you – this dish tastes better the day it’s made, so try not to leave it too long in the fridge.

When it’s time to reheat, simply place the Welsh rarebit in a skillet or oven-safe dish and heat it up until bubbly and golden brown on top. Just be careful not to overcook it as this may cause the cheese sauce to become watery.

Alternatively, you can also reheat Welsh rarebit in the microwave. Place the dish in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds at a time until heated through.

If you’re looking for an easy way to impress friends or family, Welsh rarebit is definitely a go-to dish. It’s versatile, flavorful and perfect for any occasion. And by following these make-ahead tips and reheating techniques, you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious meal anytime you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A slice of melted cheese being pulled away from the loaf, showing off its stringy texture.
A slice of melted cheese being pulled away from the loaf, showing off its stringy texture.

Now, let me share some tips to help you achieve the perfect Welsh Rarebit.

First and foremost, it’s important to use the right type of cheese. A mature cheddar is recommended, as it has a stronger and more complex flavor that will add depth to the dish. Avoid using processed cheese, as it doesn’t melt well and can leave your rarebit with a rubbery texture.

Another key tip is to use a dark beer with a malty flavor. The bitterness of the beer pairs well with the sharpness of the cheese and adds an extra layer of complexity to the dish. If you don’t consume alcohol, you can substitute beer with vegetable broth or water.

To ensure that your sauce is smooth and free from lumps, whisk the flour into melted butter before adding any liquid ingredients. This creates a roux, which acts as a thickening agent and helps to create a smooth texture.

Make sure to cook your rarebit at a moderate temperature. High temperatures can cause the cheese to separate and result in an oily or stringy texture. Low heat ensures that the cheese melts evenly and creates a velvety texture.

Lastly, experiment with different types of bread for serving. Crusty bread adds a nice crunch to complement the creamy sauce, while sourdough or rye bread adds an additional layer of flavor to the dish.

Remember, practice makes perfect! So, don’t be afraid to make adjustments based on your taste preferences and keep practicing until you achieve your perfect Welsh Rarebit.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, mastering the art of making the perfect Welsh Rarebit is a must for any food lover or chef. This dish is a true classic it is worth learning as preparing it properly will bring joy to your taste buds you never knew existed. By following my detailed and easy-to-follow instructions, you will be able to make the ultimate Welsh Rarebit, which will undoubtedly impress all those lucky enough to taste it.

Remember, using the right ingredients such as mature cheddar cheese, dark ale, English mustard, and Worcestershire sauce is crucial. Don’t forget to experiment with different variations and substitutions once you’ve become comfortable with the original recipe. And most importantly, have fun with it. Cooking should be relaxing and enjoyable.

In a world full of new inventions and fads in cooking techniques, nothing beats returning to classic recipes like this one. After all said and done, nothing beats biting into a crispy slice of toasted bread smothered in delicious cheese sauce made possible by mastering the perfect Welsh Rarebit Recipe.

So go ahead, give it a try! Don’t be scared to fail; it’s an essential part of the learning process towards mastery. Soon enough, everyone will ask for your recipe just like famous chefs Jamie Oliver from St. John’s Restaurant in London who have also made their mark on Welsh Rabbit recipe.

Once you get your recipe right, enjoy your tasty dish with friends over some good music or wine for an unforgettable experience. So let’s dive into the exciting world of Welsh cuisine – this recipe is guaranteed to impress anyone who appreciates good food!

Perfect Welsh Rarebit

Perfect Welsh Rarebit Recipe

A favourite of my childhood.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine British
Keyword < 30 Mins, Cheese, Easy, European, High In..., Welsh
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Calories 519kcal


  • 2 ounces flour
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 9 ounces beer (a strong ale)
  • 9 ounces cheddar cheese (sharp)
  • 2 teaspoons English mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper
  • 4 slices bread (granary style)


  • In a small saucepan melt the butter and make a roux with the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring to prevent the roux from burning.
  • Stir in the warm beer by degrees, until you have a thick but smooth sauce.
  • Add the grated cheese and stir until melted. You should now have a thick paste.
  • Mix in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce and season well with black pepper.
  • Lightly toast and butter the bread, then pile up the cheesy mixture on each slice.
  • Cook under the broiler for a few minutes, until browned and bubbling.


Serving: 194g | Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.9g | Protein: 20.1g | Fat: 34.1g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 97.5mg | Sodium: 734.4mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 2.4g

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