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Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Baked Jalapeño Poppers are a healthier version of the classic fried appetizer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste,)
  • 6 jalapeños, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed (see note)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  • Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add Panko and cook until browned, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese, cheddar, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the filling into each jalapeño cavity. Place on prepared baking sheet, filled side up, and bake until the filling is runny and golden, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with the toasted Panko and serve immediately.


Note:  I always use disposable kitchen gloves when I work with jalapenos.  My jalapeños were homegrown from a neighbor and pretty small, so I ended up using 11 of them.
Source: Adapted from Damn Delicious
You're Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword appetizer, gluten free, snack, vegetarian