Tyri Saganaki sto Fourno: Oven Roasted Saganaki

Traditional food, Fried cheese, Mykonos, Greece
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 slice (1 serving)

Fifteen minutes in the oven and these cheeses are transformed into hot savory mezethes, appetizers, or even side dishes. Feta and kasseri cheeses are most common (read down for kasseri).

saganaki is a small, two-handled pan, which gives its name to these oven- or stove-to-table dishes that use it. In the market, look for small paella pans or small au gratin dishes.

What You'll Need

  • 1 slice of feta cheese (firm, approximately 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Garnish: pepper (fresh ground)
  • Garnish: Greek oregano (dried)

How to Make It

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Place the slice of feta cheese in a small oven-proof serving dish. Sprinkle the oregano over the cheese and add a grind of black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Cook for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the cheese slice, and serve hot.

Alternatively, Try a Different Cheese


  • 1 slice of kasseri cheese, approximately 1/2 inch thick
  • a lemon wedge


Place the slice of kasseri cheese in a small oven-proof serving dish and cook at 375°F (190°C) for 15 minutes or until the top of the cheese bubbles. Serve straight from the oven, with a squeeze of lemon (see photo).

Note: Kasseri has a high oil content and does not need the addition of oil. When choosing a different cheese, add oil (as in the feta recipe) or not, depending on how oily the cheese is.