Cheesy Onion Bread

This fast and easy cheesy onion bread is a no yeast quick bread that is a fantastic side dish for soups, chilis and stews.

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This fast and easy cheesy onion bread is a no yeast quick bread that is a fantastic side dish for soups, chilis, and stews! Cheese and onion go with basically everything, and so too will this bread!

Why not pair this Cheesy Onion Bread with a warming Ham & Potato Soup? Or a wintery Guinness Irish Stew instead? Or, make some Cranberry Nut Bread!

onion bread sliced on a wooden board

Cheesy Onion Bread

There is nothing quite like homemade bread straight out of the oven. Even the best store-bought bread lacks that warm, comforting taste and texture that homemade bread has.

Finding the time to make your own bread and perfect your recipe is not something that most people can fit into their busy schedules. Making bread is something that is usually reserved for the weekend and holidays at best.

However, making your own bread does not have to be that difficult or time-consuming. This Cheesy Onion Bread recipe is yeast-free and can be put together in almost no time at all while still satisfying your desire for freshly cooked bread.

loaf of onion bread

Cheesy Onion Bread Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• All-purpose flour

• Baking powder

• Minced green onions

• Minced dried onions

• Sugar

• Onion powder

• Garlic powder

• Salt

• Milk

• Egg

• salted butter

• Grated white cheddar cheese

How To Make Cheesy Onion Bread

• Grease a standard loaf pan

• In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, onions, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt

• Whisk together the milk, egg, and butter until completely combined

• Stir into the dry mixture until just combined, and then add in the cheese

• Turn the batter into the prepared pan

• Bake for 50 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the middle comes clean

• Remove from the pan and place on a baking rack to cool slightly

onion bread in a pan

What Cheeses Could You Use Instead?

Grated white cheddar is delicious and will create a very traditional cheesy bread making it the perfect comfort food.

If, however, you are planning on serving your cheesy onion bread with a specific dish, why not try pairing the cheeses that you use with the rest of your meal. 

Monterey jack cheese is an excellent alternative, especially if you are planning to serve your bread at a BBQ or alongside a meaty stew. Gruyere cheese is another option that will work with this recipe and pairs best with creamy soups.

Hard cheeses work best in this recipe as they ensure that the overall texture of the bread stays the same. You could try using slightly softer cheeses such as goat or brie, although this will result in wetter batter and potentially a more gooey bread. 

slices of onion bread

Could You Use Yeast In This Recipe Instead?

This recipe uses baking powder instead of yeast to achieve the necessary rise to make it flavorful and tender.

This is necessary because if you tried to use yeast instead, you would probably find that the bread would really struggle to rise, or it might even start to taste pretty weird as well.

This is because this bread recipe has so many different ingredients, like onions and loads of milk and butter, that the yeast might not have a very good time trying to eat the sugars in the flour to create the necessary lift.

If you happened to be able to get your hands on some really strong yeast, like, for example, from a super healthy yeast starter, you could definitely give it a try. Keep in mind that the yeast will try and ferment some of the sugars in the cheese, meaning that the whole bread will definitely taste very different from the original recipe.

For a more dependable, reliable cheesy onion bread, stick to using baking powder, but if you want to try something new out, feel free to give the yeast a try as well.

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This fast and easy cheesy onion bread is a no yeast quick bread that is a fantastic side dish for soups, chilis and stews.

Cheesy Onion Bread

This fast and easy cheesy onion bread is a no yeast quick bread that is a fantastic side dish for soups, chilis and stews.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Baked Goods
10 slices
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 3 tablespoons minced dried onions
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup melted salted butter cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups grated aged white cheddar cheese


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a standard loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, onions, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Whisk together the milk, egg and butter until completely combined.
  • Stir into the dry mixture until just combined, then add in the cheese.
  • Turn out the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester inserted comes out clean. Remove from the pan and place on a baking rack to cool slightly. This is best served warm.

Recipe Notes

You can sub in whatever type of cheese you like in this!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 234kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 398mg, Potassium: 236mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 390IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 215mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Bobbi Sandberg says

    Is there a replacement for eggs? My son is allergic to eggs. looks amazing!

  2. Dan says

    Delish recipe, this was loved by my family! Question, I followed the recipe to a T, but the bread didn’t rise as high as your pictures. Any ideas why it didn’t? Please don’t tell me living in Edmonton is the reason lol!

  3. Marti says


    My husband and I made this bread and it is so very delicious! So easy and no yeast.
    Cant wait to make it again.
    Thank you for an easy recipe with outstanding results.5 stars

  4. Claudia says

    Hi. Just LOVE your recipes, what a fantastic cook you are, I get so many ideas from you. This onion cheese bread sounds and looks wonderful and I am anxious to try it. I have just a few questions, does it have to be whole milk or can I use my skim? And I don’t buy salted butter, watching sodium intake, so can I use my sweet butter? Other than that I will have everything with the exception I have just regular cheddar not white and I know that would work. When the snow lets up I am heading to the store to get the green onions. My hubby will love this bread. Thank you so much for all you do for us. Big hugs. Claudia

    • Mr. Kitchen Magpie says

      Yep, both should work fine! Thank you for the kind words. I’ll pass them along to Karlynn!

  5. Debi S says

    This looks like a bread that a relative used to make, she took the recipe to the grave unfortunately. I am thinking of trying this with a mild Parmesan Cheese instead of the cheddar. Any thoughts?

    • goody says

      There was a cook book series called ‘Company’s Coming’, and one of the little books had a really great cheese bread, you could either make the cheese or a cinnamon loaf; the loaves were nice and high as they called for at least 3 cups of flour.The booklets were kept in a special binder. Hope that helps 🙂

    • goody says

      you might try looking for a cookbook series called ‘Company’s Coming’, this was a series of recipes kept in a special binder, one of the booklets had a really great cheese bread, you could also turn that into a cinnamon loaf as well; the loaves were quite high, as they called for at least 3 cups of flour hope this helps 🙂

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