Saganaki is a very popular Greek appetizer of pan-seared Greek cheese served alongside lemon wedges. It is golden and crispy on the outside whilst being soft and melted on the inside. The word ‘Saganaki’ can refer to various Greek appetizers, which are prepared in a small frying pan called a saganaki. One of the most common traditional Greek recipes cooked in this kind includes feta saganaki, mussels saganaki, shrimp saganaki, with the most popular being this simple and delicious cheese saganaki recipe. It is most commonly served as a delicious starter to go along with a traditional Greek meal or meze.

Before attempting to make this recipe, it’s particularly important to pick the right kind of cheese. The cheeses which are used in Greece to make traditional Greek saganaki are graviera, kefalograviera and kefalotyri. These are medium hardness yellow cheeses with a mild nutty flavour.

Greek cheese Saganaki is best enjoyed hot while still melty on the inside. Serve this delicious traditional Greek meze with a last minute squeeze of a lemon and a side helping of Greek salad or crusty bread.



  1. To prepare this saganaki recipe, slice a large block of cheese approx. 10 by 7cm and 1,5 cm thick. If the cheese is cut to thin, the saganaki will melt into the pan.
  2. Place the cheese under running cold water and then dredge into the flour, shaking off any excess flour. This will help the saganaki form a nice golden crust and to hold its shape when fried.
  3. Into a small heavy-bottomed pan add some oil. Once heated, add the cheese and fry for a few minutes on both sides, flipping the saganaki carefully with a spatula to avoid removing any of the crust. Keep this on the pan until both sides of the curst is nicely golden in colour.
  4. Serve this delicious Greek cheese saganaki while still smoking hot. Squeeze some lemon juice on top before eating and enjoy!



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