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Typical Dutch fondue recipes

With winter fast approaching, it’s time to snuggle up indoors with family and friends. The Dutch love to do this over a warming fondue dinner, which offers an extended and exceptionally cosy dining experience. Fancy learning how to prepare fondue dishes Dutch style? Then browse our typical Dutch fondue recipes below for inspiration!

For optimum results it’s best to use an authentic fondue pan, fondue holder and fondue burner, however, you can also use a regular pan and a hot plate with tea lights if you don’t have this equipment to hand. If the contents of the pan become too cold, simply heat on your hob until the correct temperature is reached. In addition to a fondue pan you’ll also need long fondue forks.

Meat fondue


1 litre of sunflower oil
400g of beef steak


Heat the sunflower oil in your fondue pan and place over the fondue burner as soon as the oil begins to smoke. Dice the steak, pop the meat into a bowl and place on the table. Diners can now thread a piece of steak onto a fondue fork and dip into the fondue pan for 1-2 minutes. Serve with a large mixed salad, freshly baked baguette and a glass of red wine. Delicious with barbecue sauces such as Calvé garlic sauce and Calvé chilli sauce.

Dutch cheese fondue 
Dutch cheese fondue

1 glass of dry white wine
2 cloves of garlic
400g of extra mature Gouda cheese
1 tbsp. of cornflour
½ tsp. of nutmeg


First grate the cheese and crush the garlic. Next add the garlic, along with the wine, to your fondue pan and begin to gently cook. Stir in the grated cheese, taking care to ensure that the mixture does not boil. Add in the cornflour and a splash of water, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and then place the cheese fondue over the fondue holder. Diners can now thread a piece of baguette onto a fondue fork and dip into the fondue pan. Serve with a large mixed salad, freshly baked baguette and a glass of dry white wine.

Tip: instead of extra mature Gouda cheese, try Old Amsterdam for more powerful results.

Chocolate fondue


100 ml of cream
350 g of plain chocolate
2 tbsp. of your favourite Dutch liqueur, for example, De Kuyper Oranjebitter or Safari (optional)
Fruit (e.g. strawberries, pineapple chunks, cherries, apple slices, banana slices)


Wash and cut the fruit and pop into a large bowl. Next place the cream into the fondue pan to heat. Allow to cool slightly before adding the chocolate. Stir thoroughly until all of the chocolate has melted, then pour in your choice of liqueur and set the fondue pan on the fondue holder. Diners (kids in particular love chocolate fondue!) can now thread pieces of fruit onto their fondue forks and dip into the fondue pan until their heart’s content.

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

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