Greek Fried Cheese

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


This is one of many flavorful mezedes (Greek appetizers) in Susanna Hoffman's The Olive and the Caper (Workman, 2004).


  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 10 oz. halloúmi, kefalotyri, or Pecorino Romano cheese, cut into 3⁄4" cubes
  • 2 tbsp. brine-packed capers, soaked for 5 minutes and drained
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. roughly chopped fresh oregano


Step 1

Pour oil into a 12" cast-iron skillet to a depth of 1⁄8"; heat over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add cheese and cook, turning, until all sides are golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cheese to paper towels.

Step 2

Put cheese into a bowl and toss with capers, lemon juice, and oregano. Serve in small bowls.

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