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Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.
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Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer

Warm melted cheese inside, toasted outside with a light lemony flavor. Like the restaurant version without the flame.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: flaming cheese appetizer
Author: A Gouda Life


  • 1 block Kasseri cheese brought to room temp
  • 1-2 lemons, cut in wedges
  • pita or bakery bread
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Pre-heat cast iron or heavy skillet to medium-high heat. Leave the cheese in the brick it came from the market.
  • Add the olive oil to the skillet and allow the oil to heat up.
  • Run the cheese under water, then dredge it in flour. Shake off any excess flour then gently lay the cheese in the pan and sauté 2-4 minutes per side until it’s golden brown.
  • Squeeze lemon over the top while it’s still sizzling in the pan. Serve right away with bakery style or pita bread.