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Saganaki (Greek fried cheese) is crunchy on the outside and melty on the inside. If you like cheese, you're going to love this appetizer. Ready in 10 minutes!

Saganaki (Greek Fried Cheese)

A wonderful ooey gooey and crunchy Greek fried cheese appetizer recipe.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek
Keyword Greek fried cheese, saganaki
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 piece saganaki cheese
  • Flour for dredging
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1/2 lemon cut into wedges


  • In a small skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. You want enough oil that the bottom of the skillet is well coated.
  • Dredge cheese in flour.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the cheese. Fry for a few minutes on each side until it's golden brown. It may stick a little, so use a metal spatula to loosen it and then flip it.
  • Serve immediately with lemon juice squeezed over the cheese. If you wish, you can drain some of the oil prior to adding the lemon juice.


  • If you can't find a cheese that's labeled as a saganaki cheese, try kefalograviera, kasseri, or graviera cheese.
  • The skillet pictured is a 5" Lodge cast iron skillet. It works for a small piece of cheese :) 
  • If using a cast iron skillet, let it heat up, and cook the cheese on medium heat since it retains heat so well.