This Easy Instant Pot Cheese Fondue is made with Gruyere, Swiss, Gouda, and of course, white wine. A crowd-pleasing appetizer perfect for dipping bread, veggies, fruits, and cooked meats.
The Copycat Melting Pot Cheese Fondue Recipe you have been waiting to make at home. Just the thing to make for a party with friends, a cozy movie night, a romantic dinner, and hey, game night always calls for something cheesy to dip and cheer on your team.
Who else out there can’t possibly have enough cheese in life?
Why We Love This Recipe!
- Quick and easy: This cheese dip is ready to enjoy in around 30 minutes!
- Simple ingredients: All you need is some cheese, garlic, wine, and some seasonings. Simple and delicious!
- Perfect for a crowd: This recipe easily serves 6, and it’s easily doubled if you are hosting more.
- Versatile: Even though this is made in the Instant Pot, you can easily make this in a double boiler or even a fondue pot.
Some friends and I just love to go to Melting Pot for fondue. It's always such a fun way to enjoy each other's company and some great food. It really an experience, not just a meal!
Why not bring the same experience right to the comfort of your own home?
Gather these simple ingredients and get started.
How To Make Instant Pot Cheese Fondue
✱ Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and instructions!
Step 1 | Prep Cheese and Make Broth
In a large bowl, mix the shredded cheese with cornstarch.
Then set the Instant Pot to sauté and add the wine, water, garlic, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
Step 2 | Melt Fondue Cheeses and Add Spices
Once boiling, add the cheese and whisk or stir until the cheese is melted. Then add in the nutmeg and Dijon mustard and stir to combine.
Step 4 | Enjoy
Next, bring on your friends or family and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
I highly recommend shredding your own cheese. It will melt much more smoothly. Prepackaged cheese contains caking agents and doesn't work as well. However, if you are going to attempt it get a high-quality cheese, like Sargento. I find it works the best. But again, I really recommend using a block of cheese.
If you want to replicate the taste, know the melting pot uses wine and beer in their cheese fondues. However, you do not have to. You can just replace it with more chicken broth.
Variations and Substitutions
How to Keep Cheese Warm to Serve?
- Use a Fondue Pot: You can find so many types of fondue pots, from ones that use a tealight candle to ones heated with fuel canisters and even tabletop electric fondue pots. These are all perfect to keep the cheese fondue warm for serving.
- You can use a double boiler method:
- Instant Pot: You would remove the cheese from the instant pot and place it in a heat-proof glass bowl. Pour about 2 cups back into the instant pot inner pot. Bring water to a boil using saute, then turn it down to the warm setting. Then place the bowl back into the instant pot
- Buffet warmer. You would remove the cheese from the instant pot and place it in an appropriate-sized buffet server that would fit on top of the server insert you are using. Pour about 2 cups or enough water to cover the bottom a couple of inches in the buffet server. Place the cheese bowl on top and light the heating source. Check from time to time to be sure water is still in the bottom.
Serving Ideas for Dipping Cheese Fondue
There really are so many delicious ideas for dipping in cheese! You really cannot go wrong.
- Crusty Bread Cubes: French Bread, Sour Dough, Breadsticks, Rye Bread cubes.
- Sliced & Whole Fruit: Apples, Grapes, Figs,
- Veggies: Raw broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, sliced peppers, grilled asparagus, roasted potatoes
- Cooked Meats & Seafood Bites: Grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp.
- Hard Pretzels or Soft Pretzels Bites
- Just remember, if you normally cook something to eat, you will also need to do so for fondue. Cheese Fondue is really a dip and will not cook food as a hot pot would.
Storage and Reheating
Storage: Cover with foil or plastic wrap or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3 days.
To Reheat: To reheat, place the desired amount in a microwave-safe dish and reheat. Start with 1 minute and stir. Then add 30-second intervals until heated to your liking.
More Great Dip Recipes:
Instant Pot Cheese Fondue (Copycat Melting Pot Recipe)
- 1 ½ cup shredded Gruyere cheese
- 2 cups shredded Gouda cheese
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 6 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup wine, (rose or white)
- 1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- In a large bowl, combine cheese and toss with cornstarch. Set aside.
- Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add in chicken broth, wine, garlic, and lemon juice and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, slowly add in the cheese a handful at a time and whisk until melted, combine, and smooth. If you pour it all in at one time it may become lumpy. Once melted, add in the nutmeg and Dijon mustard and stir.
- Serve with veggies, bread cubes, fruits, cooked meats, pretzels, or crackers.
Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.