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Saganaki cheese is one of those Greek recipes that, once you try it, you'll feel compelled to order every time you see it on a menu. I'll make your life easier by showing you how easy it is to make it in the comfort of your own kitchen. This Greek fried cheese recipe calls for Kefalograviera cheese, for the best Saganaki flavor, and a special (very simple) technique to make it crispy in the pan.

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Saganaki - Pan-fried Greek cheese with lemons and cherry tomatoesSaganaki - Pan-fried Greek cheese with lemons and cherry tomatoes

What is Saganaki?

Saganaki in Greek cuisine we mean any variety of dishes prepared in small quantities pan. The best known Saganaki is actually a popular appetizer – pan-fried cheese which is one of my favorite Greek dishes.

What is the best cheese for Saganaki

The best cheese to use for this Greek baked cheese recipe is both Kefalograviera or Graviera. You could also use a Kasseri or a Kefalotyri mashed potato. In fact, I have seen and tried recipes for Saganaki based on Feta Also. However, in my opinion, Kefalograviera is absolutely the best and if you can find it, use it for this pan-fried cheese recipe!

Pan-fried Greek cheese saganaki on a black plate with tomatoes and lemon wedgesPan-fried Greek cheese saganaki on a black plate with tomatoes and lemon wedges

Squeeze a slice of lemon over the Saganaki cheeseSqueeze a slice of lemon over the Saganaki cheese

How to prepare Saganaki cheese

To make a perfect crispy on the outside and stringy on the inside Saganaki cheese, you will need:

  • Kefalograviera Cheese;
  • Olive oil;
  • Flour;
  • Waterfall.

When you look at the ingredient list above you may be surprised to see water on the list. The thing is, it's crucial to getting the crispy layer when frying cheese. It will help the flour stick to the cheese and create a nice coating. Here are the simple steps to make it:

Step 1: Prepare the cheese (should be no thicker than 1/2 inch), a bowl with water and a dish with flour.

Step 2: Heat the pan (small Iron pan will work better here). Add a little olive oil.

Step 3: Dip the cheese in the water and then dredge it in the flour.

Step 4: Place the cheese on a pan and don't move it for about 2-3 minutes, until crisp and golden. Then turn it over and fry it on the other side.

Step 5: Sprinkle the cheese with lemon juice and serve. It goes perfectly with fresh bread.

Saganaki preparation processSaganaki preparation process

Filming process of preparing saganakiFilming process for creating saganaki

Pan-fried Greek cheese saganaki with lemon wedgesPan-fried Greek cheese saganaki with lemon wedges

Equipment needed to make Greek Saganaki cheese

It only takes a few simple steps to make, and you don't need a lot of kitchen equipment. You probably already have them all in your kitchen. In case you don't, here's your list:

  • Small cast iron pan, for frying cheese;
  • Square bowl, for soaking cheese in water;
  • Flat, for flour;
  • Metal spatula, for turning the cheese and removing it from the pan.

Greek Saganaki on a plate with lemonsGreek Saganaki on a plate with lemons

Greek fried cheese Saganaki on a forkGreek fried cheese Saganaki on a fork

Be honest with me…do you like fried cheese?

More Greek recipes to try

If you like Greek cuisine you could try one of these fantastic recipes:

Pan-fried Greek cheese saganaki with lemon wedgesPan-fried Greek cheese saganaki with lemon wedges
  • 1/2 lb Kefalograviera Cheese Approximately 1/2 inch tall
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Waterfall
  • 2 table spoon Olive oil Extra virgin
  • 1 Lemon Cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes For garnish
  • Prepare cheese (should be no thicker than 1/2 inch), a bowl with water, and a plate with flour.

  • Heat the skillet (a small cast iron skillet will work best here). Add a little olive oil.

  • Dip the cheese in the water and then dredge it in the flour.

  • Place the cheese on a pan and don't move it for about 2-3 minutes, until crispy and golden. Then turn it over and fry it on the other side.

  • Sprinkle the cheese with lemon juice and serve. It goes perfectly with fresh bread.

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 15G | Protein: 16G | Fat: 26G | Saturated fats: 12G | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1G | Sugar: 1G | Vitamin A: 660UI | C vitamin: 18.6mg | Soccer: 416mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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