A baked feta cheese with honey, sesame and herbs is the perfect appetizer! Ready in minutes, it is packed with sweet and savory flavors that will excite everyone. Promise!

If you love this Baked Feta with Honey, you will also love this Feta Grilled Cheese With Thyme HoneyFig Toast With Feta or Greek Tomato Sandwich With Feta!

This post is an updated version of an article published in April 2021. New photos, clearer recipe ingredients and instructions now accompany the post.

Baked feta cheese in a yellow round baking dish with seasonings and olive oil and honey dripping from above.

Why this recipe sings

Feta cheese is one of the staples of Greek food. There isn’t a home without a small block of the famous cheese in the fridge. It is always served as a side family-style to the table and is among the first items ordered at a taverna, even if there is feta in the salad. There are many appetizers made with feta. One of the most popular is baked feta with honey.

To make this recipe, you only need a few basic ingredients. And it is ready in ten minutes! This baked feta is luscious, creamy, and perfect for crackers, pita, crusty bread, and crudites.

Here is what you need

A bottle with olive oil, small conatiners with black sesame seeds, oregano buds, honey and chili flakes and a plate with feta cheese on a table. Overhead shot.
  • Greek feta cheese. Always get a block of feta in brine. Avoid fat-free versions of this great cheese, they don’t exist in Greece and are flavorless. Good quality feta in the us market are Dodoni and Mt Vikos.
  • Extra virgin olive oil. My go-to olive oil is Athena Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Its price is reasonable, and it is an excellent olive oil for cooking and drizzling over a salad, dipping bread, etc. Avoid using olive oil blends (often called Mediterranean blends), as they are of questionable quality.
  • Sesame seeds. You can use blonde sesame seeds or black. I love using black sesame because it gives a nice contrast when this baked feta is served.
  • Dried oregano. I often use dried oregano buds from Burlap and Barell. I use them whole or grind them between my hands over the dish. Dried Greek oregano leaves are also a staple in my pantry. Mexican oregano is wonderful for this baked feta dish.
  • Chili flakes. For a nice kick, I add red chili flakes. You can substitute with freshly ground pepper.
  • Greek honey. In Greece, several honey varieties are produced, such as orange blossom, pine, thyme, etc. My favorite is thyme honey. I love its aroma. Feel free to use your favorite.

How to make baked feta with sesame and honey

A block of feta cheese in a yellow round baking dish with seasonings and olive oil.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Place the feta cheese in an oven-proof dish, preferably the one you would use for serving. Pour over the olive oil, and season with the chili flakes and dried oregano. Sprinkle the sesame seeds.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until it is soft to the touch but not melted.

Preheat the broiler. 

Broil until the top of the cheese browns and starts to bubble one to two minutes.

Pour over the honey and serve immediately with homemade crackers, pita chips or crusty bread. Don’t be surprised if people ask for one more round of this baked feta. It is fabulous!

Note: You can heat the honey over a pan of simmering water or microwave for 30 seconds on high if you like. It is an optional step. I usually pour it over as is at room temperature. The honey warms up immediately after touching the hot feta. Plus, the dish disappears in five minutes (tops!), so the honey does not have a chance to cool down.

A hand holding a cracker scooping up baked feta cheese in a yellow round baking dish with seasonings and honey on top.

What to serve with roasted feta

The sky is the limit!

Roasted feta cheese is an appetizer best enjoyed on warm pita, crusty bread, and homemade crackers. Serve it along with fresh fruit and nuts, like grapes and walnuts.

When we make it at home, we usually eat it before it reaches the table! It is accompanied by other appetizers/mezes, such as fried zucchini and eggplant, roasted tomatoes, marinated olives, tzatziki, fritters, etc., tapas-style. It can be an awesome side dish to grilled meats and vegetables, like chicken, meatballs, or soup.

Tips

  • If your feta is too salty, place it in a bowl, cover it with water, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. The water will take away any extra saltiness.
  • Run out of honey? Use maple syrup to make this baked feta cheese appetizer. It will work just as well.

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Baked feta cheese in a yellow round baking dish with seasonings and olive oil and honey dripping from above.

Baked Feta Cheese With Honey

by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
This delicious baked feta with honey and sesame is ready in minutes. Packed with sweet and savory flavors, it will excite family and guests.
4.98 from 36 votes
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Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4
Calories 282 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz Greek feta piece blotted dry.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • ¼ cup Greek honey

For serving

  • crackers
  • warm crusty bread

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Place the feta in an oven-proof dish, preferably the same one you would use for serving. Pour over the olive oil. Sprinkle dried oregano, chili flakes and sesame on top.
    8 oz Greek feta piece 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Broil until the top of the cheese browns and just starts to bubble, one to two minutes.
  • Pour over the honey and serve immediately with homemade crackers, pita chips or crusty bread.
    ¼ cup Greek honey crackers warm crusty bread

Notes

  • Get good quality feta cheese. Try to find Greek feta in brine. I like the Dodoni brand, and Mt Vikos feta is also an excellent choice. It is available at local supermarkets, Whole Foods, and other specialty grocery stores. Israeli and Bulgarian feta can also be good options. 
  • Please don’t get any fat-free French feta. It is not the real thing at all, and it would never be part of a Greek pantry
  • Substitute honey with maple syrup.
 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 656mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 396IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 295mgIron: 1mg
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41 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    WOW. I am so happy to have run across this recipe! This feta appetizer is surprisingly and absolutely delicious!! It was so easy to prepare, I didn’t expect such rich flavor. It was a huge hit with everyone at the dinner party – thank you!!

  2. 5 stars
    This combo was so unexpected for me, and I loved it so much!! I am definitely going to be making it a lot from now on. Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I have made this feta appetizer twice and it was a huge hit. It will probably be showing up at every gathering now. Highly recommend!

  4. 5 stars
    yes, I agree on this roasted feta cheese with honey and thyme is the perfect appetizer! I will make this soon.

  5. 5 stars
    I just adore Greek cuisine!😋🥰 This looks fabulous and I can imaginge how tasty it really is. Love the herbs. Feta is to Greek like Mozzarella is to Italians!
    Thanks for some insights to Greek cuisine!😋🥰👍🙏👌

  6. 5 stars
    What a great idea for an appetizer! Perfect timing too, for all the spring and holiday gatherings! Thanks for the share!

  7. 5 stars
    This is now my favorite way to eat feta. It is so delicious with the honey!!! It comes out incredible.

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe was extremely exceptional! I loved all the flavors and textures. I can’t wait to make it again. It was so good!

    I am looking forward to checking out some of your other recipes on your blog! Have a great day, and thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe I had these in a Greek restaurant locally but wrapped in filo, not a big fan of pastry and quite faffy wrapping them, this was much better ….Could I add some roasted walnuts crumbled on top as well ?
    Thank you for championing one off THE BEST cheeses in the world

  10. 5 stars
    This creamy and sweet feta dip is the height of easy and elegance for appetizers. Perfect for a night in or dinner party.

  11. 5 stars
    This was amazing! We are huge fans of warm cheese appetizers and this recipe was just perfect with all of the different flavors blending together.

  12. 5 stars
    You had me at baked cheese. But you super duper had me at baked feta with honey. Oh my gosh – talk about a flavor party! Can’t wait to share this on the next girls’ night.

  13. 5 stars
    The feta, sesame seed, and honey were a delicious combination. This baked cheese turned out fabulous. Everyone loved it at my dinner party.

  14. 5 stars
    I’m totally hooked on the baked feta cheese with honey recipe! It’s become our favorite appetizer, and we serve it with some warm crusty bread for that perfect combination of sweet and savory. Thanks a bunch for sharing this delicious recipe! 🧀🍯😋

  15. 5 stars
    For the love of cheese, this dish looks amazingly delicious and very enticing too! It’s just like a masterpiece, many will love and enjoy eating this! Thanks for sharing this with us.