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Keto Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese

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Saganaki is a delicious, easy to prepare Greek dish that is usually served as a quick appetiser. It can be made with different types of cheese like  Kefalotyri that I brought from my recent trip to Greece. Instead of flour, I used keto breading made with a blend of flax meal and almond flour. You can either fry it with the breading like I did - or broil it without any breading at all.

Hands-on Overall

Allergy information for Keto Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs4.5 grams
Protein24.5 grams
Fat43.3 grams
Calories516 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 19%, fat 77%
Total carbs8.6 gramsFiber4.1 gramsSugars1 gramsSaturated fat17.4 gramsSodium607 mg(26% RDA)Magnesium97 mg(24% RDA)Potassium255 mg(13% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 150 g kefalotyri or halloumi cheese (5.3 oz) - more tips in step 1
  • 3 level tbsp flaxmeal (21 g/ 0.7 oz)
  • 3 heaping tbsp almond flour (24 g/ 0.8 oz)
  • ghee for frying - should be about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) in the pan
  • lemon wedges to serve with


  1. Cut the cheese into about 1 1/2 - 2 cm (1/2 - 3/4 inch) thick slices. I used kefalotyri cheese - alternatively, you can use other types such as graviera, kefalograviera, halloumi or kasseri. Keto Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese
  2. Pour cold water into a bowl and set aside. Place the flaxmeal and almond flour into another bowl. Dip each slice in the bowl with cold water and then place in the second bowl with the "breading". Keto Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese
  3. Cover from all sides, shake off the excess breading and set aside on a chopping board. Heat a heavy-bottom pan with ghee. Keto Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese
  4. When the oil is hot (you can test that by adding a few grains of the breading), add the breaded cheese slices. Fry over a high heat for about 2 minutes, until the breading is golden brown, and flip on the other side. Cook for 1-2 more minutes. Keto Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese
  5. When done, place on a serving plate. Serve with lemon wedges and crispy greens while still hot. Keto Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese Alternatively, you can skip the breading and broil the cheese in the oven until light golden. Keto Saganaki Greek Fried Cheese

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Kefalotyri, Greek cheese
2.5 g20 g17.5 g250 kcal
Flaxmeal (flax meal), ground flaxseed
0.2 g1.9 g4.4 g56 kcal
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
1.1 g2.6 g6.3 g71 kcal
0 g0 g15 g136 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.8 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Total per serving
4.5 g24.5 g43.3 g516 kcal

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Martina Slajerova
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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (2)

This works well with different kinds of cheeses. In my supermarket in the Latin/Mexican section look for Queso para Freir, aka Frying Cheese.

I agree, my mom makes it from all sorts of cheese in the Czech Republic. She uses breading from ground dried rolls and dips the cheese in mixed egg instead of water.