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A round white plate with a block of sesame seeds crusted pan seared feta with a drizzle of honey and balsamic vinegar. Recipe at

Saganaki Fried Feta with Sesame Crust, Honey & Aged Balsamic Vinegar | Greek Appetizer

  • Author: Carlos Leo
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Saganaki fried feta is a simple and easy recipe made with just a few ingredients. A block of crumbly and briny feta cheese coated with a crispy and nutty panko and sesame seed crust. Then, pan-fry for two or three minutes for a perfect crust and a soft center. Serve this fried feta with a drizzle of honey and a good, aged balsamic vinegar. This traditional Greek mezze will create a beautiful center table appetizer.


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  1. Prepare three stations with one bowl each: one with flour, another with a beaten egg, and the third with a mixture of panko, white sesame seeds, and black sesame seeds.
  2. Heat the olive oil on medium-high heat in a small fry pan
  3. Coat the feta in the flour, then the egg, and finally the breadcrumbs and seeds, making sure that the feta is evenly coated at each step. Carefully place the coated feta in the hot oil and fry each side until golden brown, about a minute or two each side.
  4. Place the feta on paper towels to remove any excess of oil.
  5. Serve by placing the feta on a plate, or leave in the frying pan and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and honey. Serve immediately with bread, crackers or pita chips.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: frying
  • Cuisine: Greek

Keywords: fried cheese, Greek cheese, feta cheese, Saganaki, Greek appetizer, Greek Mezze, pan-fry, queso frito, queso dominicano, honey, aged balsamic vinegar, Greek olive oil, Greek food, easy appetizer, holiday appetizer

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