Saganaki: Flaming Cheese

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“This is so very simple, very impressive and fun to make! "Opa"... (Prep time includes marinade time)”
2hrs 5mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice the cheese into 1/2" thick triangles or 3-4" squares (depending on the style you buy).
  2. Place brandy into a zip-lock baggie and add cheese portions, seal and let marinate for 2 hours).
  3. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over a med/high heat. Remove cheese portions from marinade, reserving marinade for later use.
  4. Dredge cheese thru the flour, shaking off excess.
  5. Fry the cheese slices approx 2 minutes, flip with spatula and fry an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat when nicely seared on each side and gooey.
  6. Now here is where you need to heed a caution -- Carefully carry the cast iron skillet to the dinner table. Pour 1 ounce of the brandy marinade over the top of the fried cheese, and immediately set ablaze with a lighter. (Be sure to yell "Opa". Immediately squeeze a lemon slice over the top to dowse the flames.
  7. Serve with warmed pita slices and additional lemon wedges. Enjoy!

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a