Saganaki is a really tasty of fried cheese snack. Halloumi or kasseri cheese is fried in butter and lemon. When the cheese is fried it takes a really nice texture. The outside is crispy and the inside is warm and chewy. It has a really nice salty and lemony flavour.



  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound Halloumi cheese (sliced about 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1/2 ounce ouzo (optional)
  1. Melt the butter in a nonstick pan.
  2. Add the cheese and fry until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Pour the lemon juice and ouzo onto the cheese and remove from heat.


Ferdzy said...

OMG! More cheese! It looks faaaaaabulous, but you have a tougher tummy than I have, obviously!

Kalyn said...

I just had this in Chicago and it was fantastic! Love it!

katiez said...

My absolute most favorite thing at Greek restaurants. The perfect 'comfort' food!
It looks marvelous.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love fried halloumi! It is one of those wonderful summer treats when you do it out on the grill!

Meghan said...

this would be so good over a green salad! i loooove this recipe!

Valli said...

When my daughter and I go to the Greek restaurants we always have Saganaki. You can buy what they call Saganaki cheese at the Mediterranean Market here. I think it is Kasseri, they don't really know, but it sure is good, fried up, sprinkled with a little lemon juice and maybe ouzo or Cointreau!!!

Deborah said...

Ohhh, this looks soooo good!!!

Cynthia said...

What's not to love - fried cheese :)

Janet said...

Great minds think alike Kevin... I've blogged about this too... when I made it I poured brandy over it and lit on fire (and nearly myself too)... yours looks great

Kevin said...

The brandy sounds interesting if a bit dangerous.

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