Saganaki Recipe: A Traditional Greek Fried Cheese Appetizer

This traditional saganaki recipe is so delightful, and yet so effortless as the only thing you do is to allow the cheese to melt in a small frying pan until it is bubbling and top it with lemon juice and pepper. 

Saganaki is one of the extremely popular appetizers and it causes a fork-fight every time it appears on the table. The name saganaki is a general term that describes a variety of dishes for which you use a small frying pan, and it comes from the frying pan sagani, a pan with two handles. 

You can utilize a variety of Greek cheese for this traditional recipe: graviera, kefalograviera, halloumi, kasseri, kefalotyri, or sheep's milk feta cheese. These cheeses are available at any Greek or cheese shop. 

This saganaki recipe which serves around 4 persons requires kefalotyri or kefalograviera cheese, olive oil, flour, and a lemon. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to fry.

saganaki recipe

Saganaki Recipe - Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • 1 slice of Kefalotiri or Kefalograviera cheese
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon wedge

Saganaki Recipe - How to Make

  1. Start this traditional Greek saganaki recipe by spreading flour on a plate and press both sides of cheese into the flour to coat.
  2. Discard remaining flour.
  3. Take a small frying pan, heat oil over medium heat until it is hot enough.
  4. Fry cheese, turning once until it gets golden brown (for about 4 minutes).
  5. Using a spatula, transfer it to a plate.
  6. Squeeze lemon over cheese.
Serve the saganaki with some bread or Greek pita. Enjoy!