Cheese saganaki recipe - a traditional greek meze recipes. Fried cheese recipe. Fried kefalotyri.

Saganaki - Greek Recipe for Fried Cheese

Saganaki, the classic Greek recipe for fried cheese, is a winner that everyone loves! It’s one of those Greek recipe served in almost every Greek restaurant in the world but also something people like to do at home.
5 min
7 min


  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oi or morel as needed
  • 2 3- or 4-inch by ½-inch thick squares of hard sheep’s milk cheese such as Greek kefalotyri
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour spread onto a flat plate
  • 1 small egg lightly beaten and in a wide, shallow bowl
  • Water
  • 2 lemon wedges


  1. In a nonstick frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter or heat the olive oil.
  2. Dampen the cheese squares under the tap or in a bowl of water, then pat into the flour on each side.
  3. Next, dip into the egg on both sides and then press back into the flour on both sides. Place one wedge at a time into the hot oil or butter, and fry on one side until golden brown. Turn with kitchen tongs to fry on the other side. Remove and serve with a lemon wedge.

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