Indulge in the Savory Aromas of Welsh Rarebit Recipe

The savory and cheesy delight that is Welsh Rarebit has been a classic dish since its creation in the 18th century by Welsh peasants. Over time, it has become a dish enjoyed by people all over the world, including those who appreciate British cuisine. I, for one, am grateful that this recipe has stood the test of time because it is absolutely delicious.

In this article, I will share with you my take on the traditional Welsh Rarebit recipe that I have perfected over my years as a chef specializing in British cuisine. Not only will I provide you with a step-by-step recipe guide, but I will also share some tips and ideas for substitutions and variations to suit your taste preference.

Whether you’re looking to make a quick and easy lunch or host an elegant dinner party, Welsh Rarebit is the perfect solution. It’s simple to prepare, requires only a few ingredients, and can be customized in various ways. You’ll be surprised by how such a simple dish could pack so much flavor!

So join me on this culinary journey as we learn how to create the perfect Welsh Rarebit recipe that will impress even Gordon Ramsay himself. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Welsh Rarebit
Welsh Rarebit

My dear food lovers, let me tell you about a recipe that will take your taste buds on a delicious journey. Whether you’re a fan of cheese or just crave something savory, you won’t be able to resist the tempting goodness of a classic Welsh Rarebit.

I can almost hear your stomachs grumbling at the mere thought of this cheesy delight. Imagine melted mature cheddar blended with rich butter, English mustard, and Worcestershire sauce poured over toasted bread to create a bubbling warm mixture that’s both gooey and crunchy. The combination of bold flavors and textures is enough to make anyone’s mouth water.

Not only is this dish quick and effortless to make, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can experiment with different cheeses or add other ingredients such as bacon, ham, mushrooms or tomato. That’s what I love about this dish – it’s not just a recipe, but a canvas for your culinary creativity.

Plus, Welsh Rarebit is an excellent way to use up any leftover cheese in your fridge. You’ll be amazed how the simplest ingredients can become comfort food for your soul.

Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll never look back. This classic British meal is enough to impress even the toughest food critics. So why not give in to temptation and indulge in the perfectly melted layers of cheese and bread?

As Jamie Oliver and Stouffer’s know, Welsh Rarebit is more than just a dish – it’s a gourmet experience that everyone should savor at least once in their lifetime. That’s why I am convinced that you will love this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredient List

 Melting cheese on crispy bread is like getting a warm hug in your mouth.
Melting cheese on crispy bread is like getting a warm hug in your mouth.

Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this traditional Welsh Rarebit recipe:

For the Welsh Rarebit Cheese Sauce:

  • Butter: 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Plain flour: 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Beer: 1/2 cup beer, preferably stout
  • Milk: 1/4 cup milk
  • Cheddar cheese: 5 oz grated mature cheddar cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce: 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Mustard powder: 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder

For the Toast:

  • Bread: 2 slices of bread (Welsh rarebit is traditionally served on toast)
  • Butter: 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the Egg Topping:

  • Egg: 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Beer: 2 tablespoons beer, preferably stout
  • English Mustard: 1 tbsp English Mustard

Note: You can use any type of bread for the toast, but some great options include sourdough or a rustic white loaf.

The Recipe How-To

 With a name like Welsh Rarebit, you know it's going to be a dish to remember.
With a name like Welsh Rarebit, you know it’s going to be a dish to remember.

Preparing the Rarebit Cheese Sauce

To start this recipe, I melted butter in a pan and added flour to create a roux, which is a thickening agent for the sauce. Once the flour turned slightly brown, I gradually poured in beer (preferably stout) and milk, taking care not to let the sauce clump up.

Next, I added mustard powder and a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce to give the sauce an extra kick. To achieve that perfect Welsh Rarebit flavor, I also put in a tablespoon of English mustard.

Then, I slowly stirred in grated cheddar cheese, making sure it melted completely with no lumps or bubbles. The end result was a creamy and smooth rarebit cheese sauce that smelled heavenly.

Preparing the Toasted Bread

In another frying pan, I toasted slices of bread until they became crispy on both sides. Alternatively, you may want to use leftover bread or reheat them in an oven. After the toasting process, let the bread cool down for a bit before slathering them with butter.

To complete this step, spoon some of the rarebit cheese sauce over the slices or spread it out evenly with a knife.

Baking the Welsh Rarebit

After placing the uncovered toast on a baking sheet, I put them under the broiler. Cook for approximately three minutes or until the surface obtains that perfectly baked look.

The ultimate recipe instruction is to let your creation rest for two minutes before serving them with your favorite sauces or side dishes.

Substitutions and Variations

 This dish could be the lovechild of grilled cheese and a cheese sauce.
This dish could be the lovechild of grilled cheese and a cheese sauce.

As with any recipe, there are always options for substitutions and variations to make it your own. Here are some ideas to consider when making Welsh Rarebit:

– Cheese: Although cheddar cheese is the traditional choice for this dish, you can experiment with other types of cheeses such as Gouda, Swiss, or even blue cheese for a bold flavor.

– Sauce: The sauce is what makes the Welsh Rarebit so delicious, and you can play around with the ingredients to make it your own. Add a touch more Worcestershire sauce or English mustard for extra tanginess or substitute beer with ale for a different flavor profile.

– Bread: While toasted bread is the classic accompaniment to Welsh Rarebit, you can switch it up by using baguette slices, sourdough bread, or even English muffins.

– Vegetarian: If you’re vegetarian, you can swap out the Worcestershire sauce for a vegan-friendly version.

– Gluten-Free: To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free flour in the sauce and serve it over toasted gluten-free bread.

– Jamie Oliver’s twist: Jamie Oliver’s recipe adds Dijon mustard instead of English mustard to add an extra dimension of flavor to your Welsh Rarebit.

– Frozen ready-made option: For those who want a quick and easy meal, look no further than Stouffer’s frozen Welsh Rarebit. It has all the delicious flavors of traditional Welsh Rarebit with none of the effort.

By experimenting with these substitutions and variations of Welsh Rarebit, you can create a dish that suits your tastes perfectly – whether it be traditional or gourmet!

Serving and Pairing

 Cheesy, gooey and savory, Welsh Rarebit is the ultimate comfort food.
Cheesy, gooey and savory, Welsh Rarebit is the ultimate comfort food.

Once your welsh rarebit is ready, it’s time to savor it. The traditional way of serving welsh rarebit is on top of toasted bread with a sprinkle of black pepper or paprika. However, if you want to get creative, there are several other ways to serve and pair this rich and savory dish.

One popular option is to serve it alongside a bittersweet salad with a tangy dressing like vinaigrette. This will help cut through the richness of the cheese and create an ideal balance of flavors.

If you want to make a heartier meal out of your welsh rarebit, you can add some cooked ham or bacon on top before serving. You can also get creative with your presentation by topping your welsh rarebit with chopped chives or thin slices of radishes.

To complement the full-bodied flavors in the cheese sauce, you might want to choose a beer that has a strong flavor and aroma. A stout or ale would be ideal for this.

If you prefer wine, consider serving a full-bodied red like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. These wines pair well with the richness of the cheese and will bring out its savory notes.

Overall, welsh rarebit is a versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer or main course at any time of the day. With a little creativity and experimentation, you can find the perfect pairing to enhance its unique flavors and textures.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Just like snowflakes, no two Welsh Rarebit recipes are the same.
Just like snowflakes, no two Welsh Rarebit recipes are the same.

If you’re planning to make Welsh Rarebit for a gathering or just want to save some for later, it’s important to know how to store and reheat it properly.

If you have any leftover rarebit cheese sauce, it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. When you’re ready to use it again, simply reheat it on low heat in a saucepan until it’s hot and smooth.

If you want to make the entire recipe ahead of time, you can assemble the cheese toast and keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours before cooking. Be sure to cover them with plastic wrap or foil to prevent them from drying out.

When you’re ready to serve, preheat your broiler and place the toast under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Alternatively, you can preheat a grill or grill pan and cook them for 2-3 minutes per side instead of using the broiler.

Although Welsh Rarebit is best enjoyed fresh, it can also be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. To reheat, gently heat it up in a skillet or in the oven at a low temperature until it’s hot throughout.

Whether you’re making this classic recipe ahead of time or reheating leftovers, be sure not to overcook it as this will cause the cheese sauce to become dry and rubbery.

With these tips, your Welsh Rarebit will maintain its delicious cheese texture even after being stored or reheated.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The cheese sauce is the star of the show, but the crispy bread is the unsung hero.
The cheese sauce is the star of the show, but the crispy bread is the unsung hero.

As a chef with years of experience cooking British cuisine, I can tell you that making the perfect Welsh Rarebit requires close attention to the details. Here are some tips to ensure you get flawless results every time.

Firstly, be sure to use mature cheddar cheese for that distinct sharp tanginess that the dish is known for. Other types of cheese may be used, but it would not provide the same flavor as the traditional recipe.

Secondly, adding Worcestershire sauce and English mustard give that unique sweet and spicy kick to your cheese sauce. These two ingredients are necessary in creating an authentic Welsh Rarebit recipe.

It is also important to use a stout beer when making the cheese sauce for a rich and robust taste. Though other types of ale can also be used if you prefer a milder flavor.

When making your cheese sauce, constantly stir it on low heat and gradually add in your ingredients to prevent burning or overcooking the cheese mixture.

To ensure a velvety smooth texture of your sauce, keep in mind to grate the cheese finely before blending it into the mixture. Straining it as well after melting also helps remove any clumps or lumps before dressing up your cheese toast.

Lastly, resist the temptations to rush when preparing Welsh Rarebit. Every ingredient requires proper proportioning and meticulous attention in order to bring out that perfect combination of flavors.

By following these tips, you will achieve a delicious and authentic Welsh Rarebit that is both flavorful and enjoyable for any occasion.


As a chef specializing in British cuisine and a Welsh Rarebit enthusiast, I have tried and tested this recipe many times, and I can tell you that it’s worth the effort. However, it’s normal to have doubts or questions about the recipe, especially for those who are trying it for the first time. Therefore, to clear up any confusion and put your mind at ease, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Welsh Rarebit recipe. So let’s dive in and take a look!

How to make Welsh rarebit cheese sauce?

To prepare a delicious cheesy sauce, gather some cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, flour, and pepper in a saucepan. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and add a splash of either beer, Guinness or milk to bring the mixture together. Next, gently stir constantly while heating over low heat, waiting for all ingredients to melt together. Once the mixture has thickened into a creamy and gooey texture, give the saucepan a gentle swirl, and the sauce will effortlessly move around.

What is rarebit sauce made of?

To make a classic Welsh rarebit sauce, a delicious concoction of creamy, savory, and tangy flavors, you will need a combination of dairy, spices, condiments, and, of course, cheddar cheese, which is the star of this show.

Is Welsh rarebit cheese on toast?

Although cheese on toast and Welsh rarebit may look similar, they are actually two distinct dishes with different ingredients and preparation methods. While cheese on toast is made by grilling slices of cheese on top of toasted bread, Welsh rarebit involves creating a cheese-based sauce by combining cheese, flour, beer, and sometimes egg before grilling it on bread.

Do you put egg in Welsh rarebit?

For this recipe, I recommend 350g of grated Mature Cheddar, 1 large egg that has been lightly beaten, 2 tablespoons of beer (if possible, make it a stout) or milk for a non-alcoholic option, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of English mustard, a pinch of cayenne pepper and 12 thick slices of white bread that are preferably from a bloomer loaf.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Welsh Rarebit recipe is a must for anyone who loves cheese toast or even the simple pleasure of a good grilled cheese sandwich. The combination of flavors and the rich, creamy texture make it irresistible, and it’s easy to customize with your favorite ingredients or beer.

Whether you’re a gourmet cook looking to impress guests or just someone who wants a quick and satisfying snack, this recipe has something to offer. And if you don’t fancy making it yourself, there are some great restaurant options out there like traditional places like Jamie Oliver, fast food restaurants that offer this dish as well like Stouffer’s and much more.

So why not give this Welsh Rarebit recipe a try and see for yourself how deliciously comforting it can be? You won’t regret it!

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit Recipe

This extremely easy recipe is almost as good as it's more time consuming orginal version. It was found in The Really Useful Vegetarian Student Cook Book. If you top each slice with a poached egg you'll have a Buck Rarebit.
Course Appetizer or snack
Cuisine British
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Broil, Easy, European, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Oven, Savory, Weeknight, Welsh
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Calories 485.4kcal


  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, vegetarian version for vegetarians
  • 1 small knob butter
  • 2 slices toast
  • 2 poached eggs (optional)


  • Beat together cheese, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and butter to make a paste.
  • Spread on toast and place under broiler for 3 minutes until bubbling and golden.
  • Top with poached egg if desired.


Serving: 250g | Calories: 485.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.5g | Protein: 22.4g | Fat: 24.4g | Saturated Fat: 13.2g | Cholesterol: 101.1mg | Sodium: 919.2mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 3.6g

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