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Saganaki - Fried Cheese Appetizer
Saganaki - Fried Cheese Appetizer

                                                                                                                     Photo credit: G. Drakopoulos - Food Styling: T. Webb

The perfect saganaki needs to have a lovely, crunchy and thick crust. This not only makes it tastier but it also keeps the piece of cheese intact. It prevents it from melting and spreading in the pan.

  • To be able to make this crust, I’m going to show you a smart trick you can use. We are going to dip the cheese into water and flour, twice and finish off with water again.
  • This combination of flour and water creates a protective coating around the cheese.
  • It is also very important for the water to be very cold.
  • Submerge the cheese in a bowl full of water and ice.
  • Fill another deep bowl with water and ice.
  • In another bowl, combine a generous amount of flour with a pinch of sugar.
  • Add a generous amount of oil to a deep pan. Turn on heat and heat the oil until it reaches 180* C (350* F).
  • Keep a slotted spatula and a plate lined with paper towels close to the pan so you can remove the cheese from the pan and drain from excess oil.
  • Now, you have to work quickly.
  • Pick up a piece of cheese; dredge it in the flour to give it a good coating.
  • Dip it into the bowl of ice water and dredge it in the flour again.
  • Give it another quick dip in the ice water and carefully place it in the frying pan.
  • Fry until golden brown. Turn it over if necessary.
  • When ready, remove from pan, drain on paper towels and serve warm.
You can use milk instead of water for a richer, tastier result! 
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
7 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
15 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
34 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
1 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
1 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
20 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
1 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
3 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.