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Saganaki Cheese Recipe: A Traditional Greek Appetizer

Saganaki is one of the most popular traditional Greek appetizers. Hence, there is no surprise that this saganaki cheese recipe is one of my favorite ones! I am pretty sure that once you try it, it will become one of your favorite ones as well. The cheese used to make saganaki may be graviera, kefalograviera, halloumi, kasseri, kefalotyri, or feta cheese. However, many local variations also include the use of formaella cheese. So, finding the right cheese to make saganaki shouldn’t be a problem. This appetizer is named after the frying pan in which it is cooked. This pan is called saganaki which is a small version of sagani, a frying pan with two handles. Cheese is melted in this frying pan until it bubbles.




Saganaki is served with lemon juice and pepper and is eaten with bread. There are also other popular Greek food dishes that are cooked in the saganaki pan like shrimp saganaki and mussels saganaki. Both of them are typically feta-based and include a spicy tomato sauce. This easy saganaki cheese recipe requires only three ingredients. Plus, it takes only 10 minutes to make. Simple and delicious. For the record, you can use any frying pan to make it!

Saganaki Cheese Recipe

Saganaki Cheese Recipe – Ingredients

  • 120 g of kefalograviera cheese. Alternatively, you can use graviera, halloumi, kasseri or kefalotyri.
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • ½ cup of Greek olive oil
  • 1/2 of lemon, cut into wedges

Saganaki Cheese Recipe – Instructions

  1. Start this authentic saganaki recipe by taking a frying pan.
  2. Turn on oven to medium temperature.
  3. Add olive to a pan and bring to medium heat.
  4. Take a block of kefalograviera cheese. The cheese block should be around 13*10 cm and 1,5 cm thick.
  5. Place it under running water.
  6. Evenly dredge cheese into the flour.
  7. When oil heats up, add cheese block.
  8. Take a spatula. Flip on both sides
  9. Fry cheese on both sides for a few minutes. It should get a nice golden crust.
  10. Remove saganaki from pan.
  11. Squeeze lemon juice over the cheese.
  12. Serve right away.

Hope you like this saganaki cheese recipe.

Recipe Update (8th of October, 2016)

As I could never get enough of saganaki, I recently tried this recipe. Instead of using kefalograviera, this time I tried it with kasseri. This cheese is quite lighter in taste but equally delicious!

Saganaki Cheese Recipe 2 – Ingredients

  • ½ cup of light milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound of kasseri cheese, sliced ½-inch thick
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Greek olive oil
  • 2 lemons, halved

Saganaki Cheese Recipe 2 – Instructions

  1. Take a bowl. Add milk and egg together. Beat well.
  2. Dip each kasseri cheese slice in milk mixture and then in flour.
  3. Shake off excess flour.
  4. Refrigerate 1 to 3 hours.
  5. Take a frying pan and pour about a ¼ inch of oil.
  6. Heat oil over medium-low heat, making sure the oil is not too hot.
  7. Brown slices in hot oil, about 1 minute per side.
  8. Remove and place on a plate
  9. Squeeze lemon juice over the cheese.
  10. Serve hot with Greek bread.

I hope you like these saganaki cheese recipes. Stay tuned for more traditional Greek food recipes. Enjoy!

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