How to Make Raclette

How to make and serve raclette, a traditional Swiss dish, at home with a raclette grill. Tips on what kind of cheese to use, and what to serve with raclette.

raclette grill with raclette cheese


The word raclette is both the name of a type of Swiss cheese and the name of the dish itself.

As soon as the nights start to become a bit chilly, the Swiss can be seen tucking into a bubbling pot of Cheese Fondue or sharing a raclette dinner with friends. Raclette is always a fun option for entertaining, primarily because nearly everybody loves cheese (if you live in Switzerland, eating cheese is almost obligatory), and it hardly takes any effort to prepare.

In fact, after a long hike in the winter snow or a day spent skiing on the slopes, Raclette is perhaps one of the easiest meals to put together because, aside from boiling some potatoes, everything else can be picked up from the supermarket on your way home.

raclette cheese

What is Raclette Cheese?

Raclette cheese is traditionally made from cow’s milk, although you can also find some varieties made from sheep’s milk.

Raclette cheese is a semi-hard cheese which is thickly sliced (less than 1 cm) and used for melting and grilling; it is not intended to be eaten raw. The mild varieties have a characteristic pungency, so it is definitely a dish for cheese-lovers only.

These days, supermarkets and cheesemongers stock a wide selection of raclette cheese, from the classic mild variety, to those flavoured with peppercorns, chillies, or garlic. My favourite are the smoked raclette cheese and the blue cheese variety.

melted raclette cheese on potatoes

How to Use a Raclette Grill

At home, a raclette meal is served using a table-top grill, like one pictured in these photos. The cheese is melted in small pans called coupelles, which are placed under the heating element. The grill plate is used to cook meat and vegetables, although we have eaten with friends who don’t use the grill plate at all.

And this is partly the reason why I love raclette so much – you can customise the meal to your liking and serve the melted raclette cheese with whatever you like. Haven eaten raclette in the homes of many Swiss friends, I have taken a few ideas here and there to make the dish my own.

raclette grill with meat vegetables melted cheese

How to Serve Raclette

Raclette is a really fun meal to share with friends and family, and what I love is that it is a stress-free dinner! There is no cooking in advance – except to boil some potatoes – and the preparation is limited to chopping up a few vegetables and plating up the cheese.

For a raclette dinner, you will need about 200g (7 oz) raclette cheese per person. I always buy an extra portion in case someone has a hearty appetite that night!

I also like to buy a selection of different raclette cheese to keep the flavours interesting but, as a general rule, at least half of the assortment should be mild raclette cheese.

In my family, we like to cook lots of vegetables on the raclette grill. Cheese and potatoes on its own can be quite heavy and filling, and I think the addition of grilled vegetables make it more of a complete meal.

These days, we also like to cook sausages for the children, and sometimes I will buy a nice piece of beef fillet if we have guests joining us.

When we have raclette with my extended family (who are Vietnamese), they like to use the grill for meat marinated in lemongrass and chilli (think Korean BBQ but Vietnamese style), but they will still melt cheese and serve with potatoes. It is rather the best of both worlds and, if I had to be honest, my favourite kind of raclette!

If you don’t want to cook meat on the grill, it is also traditional to serve a plate of cold charcuterie (salami, ham, dry-cured meat, etc) as an accompaniment.

The melted raclette cheese is usually served over boiled potatoes, with cornichons and pickled onions on the side. But I have many Swiss friends who like to pour their cheese over their grilled vegetables and pickles; some even chop up their potatoes and place these directly in the coupelles so that the cheese can melt directly on top!

A dry white wine goes best with cheese dishes like raclette.

Please see my recipe below for more ideas.

And don’t think you need to eat raclette with a lot of people; I have always wanted a mini raclette grill for two – they just look so cute!

melted raclette cheese with potatoes

More Swiss Recipes

If you are looking for more Swiss recipes, you might enjoy:

Bircher Muesli


Cheese Fondue

Zurich-Style Veal with Creamy Mushroom Sauce


How to Make Raclette

how to make raclette

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  • Author: Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Swiss

How to make raclette, a traditional Swiss dish, at home with a raclette grill.


  • 150200g (5-7 oz) raclette cheese, per person, sliced into 8mm slices
  • new potatoes, boiled (about 4 to 6 per person)
  • rashers of bacon
  • beef fillet, sliced thickly
  • chipolata sausages, or other small pork sausages
  • courgette (zucchini), sliced thickly
  • red capscium (bell peppers), sliced thickly
  • cornichons or pickled gherkins
  • pickled baby corn
  • barbecue sauce and/or ketchup for the sausages and meat


  1. If necessary, cut the raclette cheese to fit the coupelles or small trays under the raclette grill.
  2. Turn the raclette grill on to medium-high heat.
  3. If you are using bacon, place the bacon rashers onto the grill plate and cook until your liking.
  4. Use the bacon fat to cook the other ingredients.
  5. If you are not using bacon, simply brush the grill plate with some oil.
  6. Place some meat and vegetables on the hot grill plate.
  7. While the meat and vegetables are cooking on the grill plate, place a slice of raclette cheese into the coupelles or small trays, and place them under the heating element.
  8. The melted raclette cheese is usually served over the warm potatoes on your plate, which you should slice just before adding the cheese. But it is also common to place the melted cheese over the cooked vegetables. Some people even put slices of potatoes into the coupelles so that the cheese melts directly on top.  Do as you please!
  9. Be careful to not overcook the meat on the grill plate.

Kitchen Notes

It is entirely up to you what meat and vegetables you wish to serve with raclette.

You could even make the meal vegetarian by grilling only vegetables, or even not using the grill plate and simply making a salad to go alongside.

Instead of grilling meat and sausages, it is also traditional to serve a plate of charcuterie or cold cuts, such as salami, ham and other deli meats.

I like to add half a teaspoon of brined green peppercorns to plain raclette cheese before grilling it. This gives the cheese a spicy kick and saves me from having to buy too many different types of raclette cheese.

Any leftover raclette cheese is wonderful for toasting on bread with ham under the grill. Yum!

You can buy special potato prongs to hold the hot potatoes so you can peel them easily at the table. However, I prefer to use new potatoes and to eat them with the skin on.

Depending on what is in season, I also like to make the following to cook on the grill plate:
* asparagus wrapped in prosciutto or thinly sliced bacon
* mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese (I like Cantadou)
* thick slices of fresh pineapple

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  1. Lisa Huff 2 November 2017

    Whoah! This has my name written all over it. You can never have too much cheese!

  2. Lauren 2 November 2017

    Cheese is a daily thing for me, I love it! This looks so good!

    • Eat, Little Bird 3 November 2017

      We also eat cheese on a daily basis. But after a raclette meal, we go a bit easy on the dairy for a few days 😉

  3. Jillian 3 November 2017

    These pictures are beautiful and the food looks delicious!

  4. Dahn 3 November 2017

    I just love your raclette grill and I HAVE to make some raclette!! This looks like so much fun for a dinner party!

  5. Laura 3 November 2017

    Love raclette, we have it a lot here in France. In fact, I though it was French. Anyway it doesn’t matter as long as there is cheese.

    • Eat, Little Bird 3 November 2017

      Ha ha – I’m sure the Swiss and the French are always arguing about where fondue, raclette, meringue and other dishes originate 😉 My husband is French and grew up eating raclette from time to time. I wonder if the same variety of raclette cheese is available in France?

  6. Jen 5 November 2017

    This looks so wonderful! I just bought some raclette cheese and this has inspired me to come up with interesting things to eat with it. I love reading about your family’s merging of two traditions into something even more delicious!

    • Eat, Little Bird 30 December 2017

      I hope you enjoyed your raclette meal! I’m always looking forward to our next raclette dinner party – nothing better than melted cheese with lots of potatoes and meat 🙂 I ought to make my family’s version at home as I did really love eating Asian-spiced food alongside the raclette cheese!

  7. Lucia 28 December 2017

    Is there a print feature that I don’t see for printing the recipes?

    • Eat, Little Bird 30 December 2017

      Hi Lucia,
      Yes, you can print the recipes on my website. Just above the recipe card, you should see a “Print” button which you can press. Sometimes, there might be an ad covering this Print button, but I am working on removing the ad in this space. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  8. Julia 16 April 2018

    Oooh, this looks SO good!!! Can’t wait to try this one!

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  10. Sharon 30 December 2018

    We are Californians living in Germany and have fallen in love with Raclette at the Christmas markets, We have a Raclette grill now and plan to make this our New Years Day meal. I may be slightly more excited than my family for the whole experience. My husband is happy with the cheese melted over a baguette with chopped onions and gherkins sprinkled over the top. Your page looks amazing and I am so happy to have found your information.

    • Eat, Little Bird 9 January 2019

      I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Is raclette popular in Germany? I guess it is just across the border from us 🙂 I love the idea of eating the melted raclette cheese with a baguette … yum!

  11. Gareth 22 August 2019

    Great help for a first timer!

  12. raclette grill dinner 8 September 2019

    Cheese is my every day thing, Its beautiful and delicious.

  13. Simon Templar 21 November 2019

    Great suggestions! I grew up with raclette! An other food item that we always have when doing a raclette dinner is proscuitto. You can actually add it to the cheese in the coupelles. Delicious!

  14. Rania tarabishi 19 December 2019

    Thank you for the best way of explaining in detail about raclette ?

  15. Kerry Seiwert 26 December 2019

    What is a Swiss dessert we can serve with this special meal? Using easily-found items in Kansas!

  16. Pakej ke Acheh 13 February 2021

    Excellent Post

  17. Kay 11 August 2021

    Racletteis a tradition in our family. We use muester cheese and prefer it over the specialized raclette cheese. We serve ours over sliced baguette or boiled potatoes. We do lots of veggies too. For dessert I serve a lemon mousse- light and tart – with nuts or blueberries.

    Love raclette.

    • Eat, Little Bird 14 August 2021

      Hi Kay,
      That’s a great idea to serve the melted cheese over sliced baguette! That sounds a bit like making Käseschnitte, which is melted raclette cheese over thick slices of bread. And I love the sound of a lemon mousse for dessert – yum!

  18. Andrew St. Johnston 14 August 2021

    This article is totally misleading. The normal way to make raclette is to use a half wheel and a proper raclette oven if not using an open fire. I hope I know what I’m talking about. I should. I’m Swiss and spend half my life in the canton Valais. Viande Séchée, cornichons: yes. Bacon, sausages, bell peppers etc. No. This dish was developed in the mountains when the cows were up in the alpages in the summer so could only use materials available up there.

    • Eat, Little Bird 14 August 2021

      I’m Swiss, too 🙂 Every family serves raclette a bit differently, and the ideas I have shared here come from different Swiss families with whom we have shared a raclette meal with over the years. For sure, the traditional way of making raclette is by slicing the cheese from a half wheel and to melt it over an open fire, but my instructions here are for the more common table-top raclette grill. En guete!

  19. Steven Graham 12 October 2021

    My daughter lives in Liechtenstein and they had raclette for dinner. It looked exactly like yours! I wondered how you got a Vietnamese name and, after reading your story, I saw that your parents had a Vietnamese bakery. I am making an assumption on the origin of your name, but I love it!

    • Eat, Little Bird 26 October 2021

      Hi Steven,
      Liechtenstein is such a beautiful place. Yes, my parents are originally from Vietnam, which is why I have a Vietnamese name 🙂 Thanks for popping by!

  20. Jamie 7 December 2021

    Great article, are there any Raclette grills you would recommend?

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  22. Johanna 15 April 2022

    Excellent tips for making raclette at home. We usually eat raclette with just boiled potatoes and salad, but now that I have seen your photos, I am going to grill vegetables and sausages too!

  23. Martha Frierson 20 April 2022

    I like the idea of adding sausages and other vegetables besides the potatoes. As the author states just potato and cheese can be heavy.

  24. Karen 12 May 2022

    Excellent tips for making raclette at home.

  25. Amazing 17 June 2022

    Like your idea! Looks so delicious.

  26. John 28 June 2022

    Ok this settles it , I am getting an electronic grill!

  27. Julie 24 August 2022

    Excellent tips for making raclette at home. Thanks!

  28. Paula 1 December 2022

    Great tips for making raclette! I didn’t know how much cheese to buy so your advice was perfect. Thank you!

  29. Mary 21 December 2022

    My husband is Swiss and he says your recipe for raclette is too gourmet. But just cheese and potatoes is too heavy for me. So I used your idea for grilling vegetables which I thought made the meal much more enjoyable. Even the kids had fun cooking on the grill!

  30. Ewa 24 December 2022

    My kids have never like raclette. Last night, we made raclette and I bought chipolata sausages to cook on the grill. Now they can’t eat enough raclette lol!

  31. Jonathan 30 December 2022

    I hosted my first raclette dinner this evening with some Swiss friends in attendance and it was a huge success! Thank you for all of your tips!!

  32. Ryan Allen 12 February 2023

    This looks so tasty and easy to make. I have it on the menu for this week and I am so excited to try it.

  33. Lawson Karen 29 June 2023

    well written organized with attention to detail as any recipe should be. I will be eating my first try of raclette tomorrow and feel as though I am prepared

  34. Alphabet 1 July 2023

    Awesome! Its really looks so delicious.

  35. AlyChap 25 December 2023

    This was a very helpful article. We had a raclette dinner with a Japanese guest, who used the grill for yakiniku styled grilling. We used both authentic raclette cheese and sliced Harvarti cheese which we actually preferred. A lovely way to enjoy a small dinner party.

  36. Kim 29 February 2024

    This is such a fun recipe! I made it for friends over the weekend and it was a huge hit! Thanks for sharing!!