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Pimento Cheese Recipe

Pimento Cheese- This southern staple is made with shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and diced pimentos. It makes an amazing sandwich, dip or spread!


Pimento Cheese in a bowl surrounded by club crackers.

Opinions about the much beloved southern staple Pimento Cheese vary greatly. Basically everyone thinks there grandmother’s recipe is the best and any other way of making it is blasphemy.

You’ll find everyone pretty much agrees that mayonnaise and sharp cheddar form the foundation, but beyond that, what should and shouldn’t go into this bright orange spread can be the cause of much debate.

Some people go rogue and use cream cheese as a binder or add Monterey Cheese into the mix. Adding garlic, jalapenos, or pecans? That’s enough to send some pimiento cheese purists into a tizzy!

Bowl full of pimento cheese surrounded by crackers.


Among your mayonnaise devotees, you’ll have those strongly in the Duke’s camp and those in the Hellman’s camp. We’re not even going to include those who say the mayonnaise should be homemade in our discussion.

Traditional ways of serving pimiento cheese are on crackers, between 2 squishy pieces of white bread (crusts cut off please), or on celery sticks.

Nowadays, inventive chef’s have gotten wind of this delicious concoction and everything under the sun is being done with it. Pimiento cheese omelets and fritters, macaroni and pimiento cheese, fried green tomatoes topped with pimiento cheese, deviled eggs stuffed with pimiento cheese. It’s all good.

I prefer a pimiento cheese that’s on the thick side, just the way I like my hummus. This is just a basic recipe, but feel free to add things in. I’m not a purist. Roasted red peppers work fine instead of pimientos. But then it should be called roasted red pepper cheese, shouldn’t it?

Recipe Tips:

For the best tasting Pimento Cheese, grate your own cheese either on a box grater or in a food processor. DO NOT use packaged shredded cheese. It will not taste as fresh plus it contains a coating that prevents clumping that will affect the texture.

If you want it to be spicy, add extra cayenne pepper.


Pimento Cheese Sandwich on a white plate


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Pimento Cheese in a bowl surronded by crackers.

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese- This southern staple is made with shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and diced pimentos. It makes an amazing sandwich, dip or spread!
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 0 minutes


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimentos, drained
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) block extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) block sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded


  • Combine all ingredinets in a large bowl. Stir together with a wooden spoon until evenly mixed.
  • Cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.


If you want it to be a little less thick, add more mayonnaise.


Calories: 338kcal
Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cheese

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Close-up of pimento cheese with crackers

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Originally published May 1, 2103.

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17 thoughts on “Pimento Cheese Recipe”

  1. What a wonderful recipe for everyone to try. I grew up in NC and experienced culture shock when I moved to Delaware as a young bride and discovered I couldn’t find pimento cheese in any grocery stores. So I pulled out my old Betty Feezor cookbook (people in the Charlotte, NC area and are a senior, as I am, will know who she was). I had to learn to make my own. I changed and developed it over the years to what my family prefers. That’s what’s so wonderful about this basic recipe; anyone can make it their own!! We like extra sharp cheese, Duke’s mayo, a little onion and garlic powder and celery seed, and a capful of white vinegar. Now I hate grocery store pimento cheese–too much sugar!! Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe! It bring back lovely memories!!

  2. jeanne cullen

    Just as my grandmother made in Mississippi! My dad however, always added just a pinch of grated onion. Sooo good! We were at a small Southern diner that served their P&C in a warmed mini iron skillet with pita chips.
    That was a new twist and quite good as well!

  3. I live in South Carolina with my husband, who has only ever lived in this state. And I have just started to make pimento cheese from scratch, with cream cheese and Duke’s. He loves it! You’re absolutely right about grating cheese just for the recipe.
    BTW, you could use some help with proofreading.

    1. Christine, you can’t be from the south because southern women would not be that rude.

      I made this and it was so delicious. Thank you for sharing😋😋

  4. Christine Cervantes

    I just moved to Georgia from Arizona. I have a friend from South Carolina who told me about boiled peanuts and pimiento cheese. I have the peanuts boiling right now and I’ll make pimiento cheese after I go to the market tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. I am from Florida and grew up on pimento cheese. My grandmother made it half sharp half velveeta until we got older and our palettes too. We liked it that way as children. Now I’m a half new York half sharp kind of girl.

  6. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    I’m not the biggest mayo lover, but this is still calling my name! Loooooove anything with cheese!

      1. No miracle Whip! Hellman’s, garlic powder, grated white American and pimento’s is what I like but I’m going to try the cheddar. Oh and I’m from Southeastern Oklahoma.

        Thanks for sharing this.

  7. I’m not going to pretend to know anything about pimiento cheese- I’ve never made it. But this looks yummy and easy… which makes it right up my alley!

    1. I always add a couple tablespoons of jalapeño cream cheese, less mayo, and a few dashes of Texas Pete!!

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