Simple Grilled Kefalotyri Cheese Recipe

Salty and firm kefalotyri is grilled and served in a traditional manner with lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper. Joshua Bousel

Greek kefalotyri cheese browns and maintains its shape on the grill, and it's so flavorful it needs little more than lemon juice and black pepper to make it great.

Why this recipe works:

  • Kefalotyri is a hard cheese that has a high melting point, making it well suited for grilling.
  • Served like traditional saganaki, the dish is minimally finished with lemon juice and black pepper.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 1/2 pound kefalotyri cheese, cut into 1/2-inch slices or wedges

  • 1 lemon, halved

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set all the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill cheese until well browned on both sides, 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze on lemon juice, and season with black pepper. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
244 Calories
13g Fat
23g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 244
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 360mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 107mg 536%
Calcium 338mg 26%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 370mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)