Caprese Grilled Cheese

Published November 16, 2012. Updated January 6, 2019

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Caprese Grilled Cheese – one of the ultimate and easiest ways to make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Bread slices are layered with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and fresh tomatoes then cooked in a hot skillet until golden brown and melty delicious!

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Anything that contains the word “Caprese” in the recipe title, I’m in. I love Caprese entrees and appetizers and I love a hot off the griddle grilled cheese. When the two are combined together you get an intensely delicious sandwich that you won’t easily forget.

Obviously you don’t have to use fresh bread as I listed in the recipe, but I figure if you are going to fill a sandwich with fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil then you may as well keep a good thing going.

Looking for a delightfully simple and quick lunch or dinner idea? Look no further because it doesn’t get much easier than grilled cheese and this is grilled cheese done right. Enjoy!

Caprese Grilled Cheese

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Caprese Grilled Cheese

One of the ultimate and easiest ways to make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Bread slices are layered with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and fresh tomatoes then cooked in a hot skillet until golden brown and melty delicious! 
Servings: 1
Prep5 minutes
Cook5 minutes
Ready in: 10 minutes


  • 2 slices fresh bread (I recommend sourdough or rustic white bread)
  • 3 oz fresh mozzarella , sliced into rounds or grated*
  • 4 - 6 Roma tomato slices
  • 1 Tbsp chopped , fresh basil ribbons
  • freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil or 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 clove of garlic , for rubbing bread


  • Layer Mozzarella rounds in an even layer over one slice of bread followed by an even layer of sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle basil ribbons over top and season with ground black pepper to taste, then cover with remaining slice of bread. Drizzle 1 tsp olive oil in a non-stick skillet, heat over medium-low heat and tilt back and forth to evenly coat (heat the oil long enough for it to glide easily across the pan but don't heat it to smoking point before adding sandwich or it the bread will toast before the cheese has a chance to melt. If using butter, spread 1/2 tbsp butter on both top and bottom of sandwich and heat skillet over medium heat), add sandwich, cover with lid and cook until sandwich is golden brown on bottom, about 2 minutes. Then lift sandwich out of skillet and drizzle remaining 1 tsp olive oil into skillet, tilt pan back and forth to evenly coat. Carefully flip sandwich to opposite side then return to skillet, cover with lid and continue to cook until bottom side is golden brown and cheese is melted through. Remove from skillet and lightly brush garlic clove along toasted sides of bread. Serve immediately.
  • *When I don't have fresh mozzarella on hand I will sometimes use low-moisture part-skim Mozzarella which is also delicious.


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  • Jaclyn

    Thanks =). Thanks for all the comments you always leave, I love to get your comments! I’m loving your blog too!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Jaclyn, I just had a huge snack and a big dinner earlier and now all i want is one of these sandwiches. I love caprese ANYTHING!! I like the suggestion for the balsamic dipping sauce you wrote in your comment reply too – amazing :)

    • Aisha Crumbine

      …and if you have a Corner Bakery anywhere near you, their dressing for the mixed greens salad is perfect for this sandwich…said as I stare at a plate with crumbs wishing for another…

      Oh! I added shredded chicken to mine too! Nom, nom, nom.

  • angela @ anotherbiteplease

    i love love love caprese too! we were fortunate to take a trip to Italy and then became my Caprese LOVE….that second picture I want to grab it off the screen and eat!

    • Jaclyn

      My dream! I would love to go to Italy. I hope you had such a great time when you went! Thanks for your comment =)!

  • Joan

    I came over from TasteSpotting for your dinner rolls. Yum!
    Now this right here…. my mouth is watering just by looking at it. :)

  • Yelena

    Dear Jaclyn, thank you for stopping by. You are talking about my photos, look at yours, they are so wonderful-) The Grilled Cheese is absolutely scrumptious! Thank you for sharing.

  • CoastWithMe

    My favorite thing on the face of this earth:))! There is nothing I enjoy more than bread and cheese, but this sandwich is just over the top yum:)!

    • Jaclyn

      Yeah I figured it was already wet enough with the moisture of the fresh mozzarella and the juice of the tomatoes so I didn’t want to make the bread completely soggy but you could always a bit if you’d like =) or make some kind of balsamic dipping sauce that would be delicious.