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Cheese Saganaki

Saganaki - Greek Fried Cheese

The authentic Greek cheese appetizer: Crunchy on the outside, melted cheese on the inside and warm.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword Cheese, Fried
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 4
Author Elena Paravantes RDN


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Flour
  • 1 thick square slice of kefalotyri or other hard cheese see above around 4 x 4 inches (11 x 11 cm). Thickness must be at least 2/3 of an inch or 1 ½ cm. If it is thinner, it will melt.
  • Lemon for serving


  • Take the slice of cheese and dip it in cold water, then in white flour, shaking to remove excess and smoothing it with your fingers.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small pan under medium heat. Once hot, place the cheese in the pan and fry for about 2 minutes than flip carefully (I use a thin rubber spatula). Be careful not to let the crust slide off. Fry on the other side for about 2 minutes. The crust should be golden.
  • Remove from pan and place on a plate, squeeze some lemon over it and serve right away.