1. Food
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Saganaki: Pan-Seared Greek Cheese

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


Greek Saganaki - Fried Cheese Appetizer

Cheese Saganaki - Pan-Seared Cheese Appetizer

Photo © Jim Stanfield

In Greek: σαγανάκι (pronounced sah-ghah-NAH-kee)

Saganaki dishes take their name from the pan in which they are made. A sagani is a two-handled pan that is made in many different materials. In the market, look for a small paella pan, small cast iron skillet, or even an oval au gratin dish.

Serve this as an appetizer, as an hors d'oeuvre, or as part of a meal made up of a varied selection of mezethes. The key to success with this dish is to get the oil hot (before it starts to smoke) before frying.

For an updated/different recipe, click here: Saganaki | The Flaming Greek Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound (about 1/2 kg) of kefalotyri or kasseri cheese (or pecorino romano)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2/3 cup of flour for dredging
  • 2-3 lemons, quartered


Cut the cheese into slices or wedges that are 1/2 inch thick by 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide. Moisten each slice with cold water and dredge in the flour. In a sagani (Greek pan used for this dish) or a small heavy-bottomed frying pan (cast-iron works best), heat the oil over medium-high heat, and sear each slice in 1 tablespoon of oil until golden-brown on both sides. Serve hot with a last-minute squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Serve with ouzo or wine, olives, vegetable mezethes, tomatoes, and crusty bread.

Yield: 6 servings


  • If desired, the cheese can be dipped into beaten egg (after the flour).
  • If you enjoy a little pepper, add some fresh ground black pepper to the flour before dredging the cheese.
  1. About.com
  2. Food
  3. Greek Food
  4. Meze, Appetizers, Starters
  5. Cheese Dishes
  6. Saganaki - Pan-Seared Greek Cheese Recipe Meze - Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer Recipes

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.