Sublime Ways to Eat & Top Creamy Brie Cheese (+ Recipes)

Get ready for true Brie bliss with our ultimate guide to serving, topping, and eating a wheel of beautiful Brie cheese.

Updated December 11, 2023
Brie cheese

If you love your cheese gooey and delicious, then you're going to adore Brie. Whether you have it warm and melty straight from the oven on a salty cracker drizzled with local honey or you prefer it on a thin piece of toasted baguette with crisp, tart apple slices and sweet fig jam, cheese lovers can rejoice at all the ways to enjoy Brie.

For Brie lovers, simply burying your face in a wheel of this creamy cheese is the perfect way to eat it.  Never had it before? We have, and we're here to help you discover how to love this soft, mild, slightly sweet cheese. So, if you're facing down a wheel and wondering how to eat Brie cheese, we've got all the info you need to enjoy it.

How Brie Is Made

Brie is a soft cow's milk cheese that's named after the province in France in which it originated. It is made by adding rennet to raw milk, heating it to 98.6°F, and then casting it into molds, where it is drained for about 20 hours. After this process is complete, it is removed from the mold, salted, and injected with cheese mold. Brie is then aged for five or six weeks.The A-Brie-Cs of Eating This Cheese

Brie cheese has a soft, almost molten core and a harder, grayish outer rind. People often wonder if the rind is edible and the answer is a resounding "Yes!" It's meant to be eaten and actually adds to the flavor and character of Brie.

Need to Know

Brie cheese should be mild and slightly sweet in flavor. If aged for several months to a year, the flavor becomes stronger. If over-ripened, the cheese takes on flavors of ammonia.

How to Eat Brie Cheese

If you're ready to dive headfirst into a wheel of Brie, we get it. But first, here are the things you need to know.

  1. Store Brie cheese in its original container in the refrigerator. Once the seal has been broken and the cheese is cut, wrap it in parchment or waxed paper so the rind can continue to breathe and stay dry. Don't use plastic wrap (once it's been baked, plastic wrap is OK for leftovers).
  2. Before eating, remove the Brie from the refrigerator one hour before serving so it comes to room temperature and is at its best.
  3. Serve the entire wheel on a cheese board or plate and cut one or two pieces (but no more, because the cheese will dry out) to give guests an idea of the proper size to portion for themselves.
  4. Serve the Brie with crusty bread or plain-flavored crackers that won't compete with the taste of the cheese. This is not the time to pull out the nacho chips.
  5. Brie pairs well with fruits like apples, pears, grapes, and berries and unsalted nuts like pecans, almonds, and walnuts.
  6. Classic wine pairings with Brie include acidic, herbaceous, dry whites like pinot gris (pinot grigio) or sauvignon blanc. White wines made in the méthode champenoise (champagne, cava, sparkling whites) also pair well with Brie.
Quick Tip

According to Président Cheese, a way to eat Brie just like the French, leave it out 30 minutes before serving it. This will make the cheese softer and more delicious!

Eating Baked Brie

Baked Brie is a soft, warm, melty, and delicious way to enjoy this cheese. It can be baked as is or with toppings (see below) or wrapped in puff pastry (Brie en Croûte) or phyllo dough. To bake brie, put it on a rimmed sheet lined with parchment and bake it for 5-10 minutes, until it is soft. Use the parchment to lift it onto your serving plate.

Store baked Brie tightly wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for no longer than three days. To reheat, remove plastic wrapping, place in a rimmed pan, and bake at 350°F until soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Baked Brie With Cranberries

baked brie with cranberries

This is a great winter holiday recipe, but it's honestly really good any time of year.


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup water
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 (8-ounce) wheel Brie cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook cranberries, sugar, water, and orange zest until cranberries pop and sauce thickens, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Cool the cranberries in the refrigerator, tightly covered.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F.
  4. Place a round of Brie in an ovenproof, shallow dish (like a glass pie plate) and spread with the cooled cranberry mixture.
  5. Sprinkle chopped pecans and freshly grated nutmeg over the top.
  6. Bake for 5-10 minutes, until the Brie is softened.
  7. Serve with slices of crusty bread.

Baked Brie With Roasted Garlic

baked brie

In this appetizer recipe, you can pop the Brie in the oven about 10 minutes before the garlic is finished roasting, and they'll be ready at the same time.


  • 2 whole heads garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) wheel Brie cheese
  • 1 loaf French or Italian bread, sliced


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice the top off garlic heads, exposing the cloves.
  3. Place the garlic with the exposed cloves facing up in a glass pan. Drizzle the garlic with olive oil and sprinkle it with sea salt. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour, until the garlic is soft.
  4. Ten minutes before the garlic is finished roasting, place the Brie round in a shallow, ovenproof pan and bake for 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is soft. Remove Brie and garlic from oven.
  5. Serve the cheese with slices of baguette and the roasted garlic on a serving plate with small forks to facilitate removal and spreading of the garlic.
Quick Tip

To eat, remove a clove of garlic and spread it on the baguette. Top with the Brie cheese.

Toppings for Baked Brie

Here's the amazing thing about Brie. It pairs well with a ton of different sweet and savory flavors. Top it with one thing or mix and match (salted caramel and pistachios, anyone?) the toppings below for an easy but super tasty treat. 

  • Slivered almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Pecans cooked in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Apricot preserves
  • Raspberry preserves
  • Marmalade
  • Fig jam
  • Apple butter
  • Honey 
  • Salted caramel
  • Fresh apple or pear slices
  • Fresh berries
  • Caramelized pears
  • Caramelized apples
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Pesto
  • Carmelized onions
  • Bacon
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Anchovies
  • Mushrooms
  • Prosciutto

Ideas for Brie Beyond Baking

Brie is a star in its own right, baked and topped simply. But it can also be a supporting player in a variety of recipes. Simply swap out (or add in) Brie to your taste. For example:

Brie Is an Equal Opportunity Cheese

Whether you're a cheese connoisseur or a neophyte, Brie's mild, creamy flavor lends itself to every palate. For the best flavor, eat it at room temperature or bake it into melty gooeyness. Other than that, dressing it up in pastry, taking it neat with a slice of apple, or using it as an ingredient in a recipe is entirely up to you. Have fun as you create delicious Brie cheese appetizers and meals!

Sublime Ways to Eat & Top Creamy Brie Cheese (+ Recipes)