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Have You Recently Wondered Is Cheese a Condiment? If So, We Will Find the Answer Together

In my neighborhood, I am known to have people over from time to time for casual conversation, catching up, and to enjoy some laughs. When I know that guests are coming over, I always prepare food for them to eat or snack on along with drinks. My guests always know that when they visit my home there will be good conversations, comfortability, and tasty food.

One day when I was thinking about what I should serve along with the snacks, side items, and meal, I began to wonder what different types of condiments there are. This ultimately led to me questioning is cheese a condiment.

I could not determine if cheese is a snack, side item, or condiment, so I decided to start researching to find out the answer to this intriguing question. The goal of this article is to help my readers who are also curious about this difficult question and are looking for an answer.

After reading this article, you will officially know:

  • The answer to is cheese a condiment
  • What condiments are
  • If cream cheese is a condiment
  • And various types and examples of condiments

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Is Cheese a Condiment? →
  2. 2. What are Condiments? →
  3. 3. Is Cream Cheese a Condiment? →
  4. 4. Types and Examples of Condiments →
  5. 5. Useful Resources →

Is Cheese a Condiment?

Determining if cheese is a condiment is a harder task than I originally thought it would be. While researching, I came across several debates about whether this type of dairy is a condiment or not. It is complicated because when you think about cheese being served with crackers, you may think of it as a condiment. However, restaurant servers have experienced angry customers when they have requested no condiments on their burger and the server left the cheese off.

Most people do not believe that cheese is a condiment because you can eat it by itself. They believe that condiments are items that add flavor such as ketchup, salt, pepper, salad dressing, and more.

From my personal experience, I enjoy adding cheese to my spaghetti or my tortilla chips, so isn’t that a way to add flavor? Despite what majority of the world thinks, according to Home Stratosphere and Wikipedia, cheese is indeed on the list of condiments. ScienceDirect goes in-depth to explain that cheeses that are considered condiments are typically heated or used as an ingredient in foods.

A few examples of cheese being used as condiments are mozzarella cheese on pizza, cheese on burgers, and cheese in chili or lasagna. Therefore, it is a great product to always have handy in your refrigerator to serve with different types of foods.

Keep in mind that while cheese is extremely tasty, it can be addicting. If you would like to learn more about cheese addiction, check out Mic the Vegan’s YouTube video. It is a very informative video that explains the research on compounds in cheese as well as the behavioral studies when it comes to food addiction.

Next, let’s go over what exactly are condiments.

What are Condiments?

According to ScienceDirect, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that “condiments are substances that are normally added in small portions to enhance food flavor during cooking and/or eating.” A lot of times you may think of condiments as seasonings, special sauces, or dips. The most popular and well-known types are sugar and salt.

While you are thinking about cheese, you may be wondering if it is bad for you. Take a look at NutritionFacts.org’s YouTube video to find out the answer to this question. This is a short video filled with so much research and facts; you will be glad that you watched it.

I will now elaborate on a special type of cheese which is called cream cheese.

Is Cream Cheese a Condiment?

Deciding if cream cheese is a condiment or not is another common debate around the world. However, according to Home Stratosphere, it is in fact a condiment. Cream cheese is a very popular type of spread used on bagels and toasts in the United States and Europe. It is also often used as a topping for delicious desserts and to create dips for vegetables and snacks.

Since we are talking about a cooking-related subject, you may have also questioned how to keep bacon from curling. The good news is I have already written an article covering this topic, which you can find here. It will be helpful to you next time you are cooking bacon for breakfast.

Types and Examples of Condiments

There are a variety of different types of condiments. These include salad dressings, spices and seasonings, dairy, sauces, syrups, and table dips. Below, I will provide a list of several of the most used condiments that are still being served alongside food today.

  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Black Pepper
  • Breads
  • Butter
  • Chili Peppers
  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Cocktail Sauce
  • Coleslaw
  • Fish Sauce
  • Gravy
  • Honey
  • Hot Sauce
  • Hummus
  • Icing
  • Ketchup
  • Jalapenos
  • Lemon
  • Lettuce
  • Maple Syrup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Olive Oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Relish
  • Salad Dressing
  • Salsa
  • Salt
  • Sauerkraut
  • Soup
  • Sour Cream
  • Soy Sauce
  • Steak Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar
  • Whipped Cream

One of my favorite type of condiments is jelly. If you are serving bread or biscuits, you should consider adding jelly to the table for your guests. In case your jelly is expired or expiring soon, I recommend taking a look at this article that I wrote, which explains if you can eat expired jelly or not.

As you are in the middle of cooking, you may find yourself needing to use the stove and oven at the same time. If this is the case, consider reading my other article here. This article will explain in depth whether you can use the stove while the oven is on.

Useful Resources


I hope this article helped answer your question of is cheese a condiment. Cheese is very appetizing, but some people may have thought of it as only a side dish or a simple snack. When having guests over, it is important to know and understand what condiments are. This will make things easier when trying to decide what to prepare and serve to your guests. Good luck and happy cooking! 🙂

Cindy Becker

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