Cheese Croquettes (Tirokeftedes)

Cheese Croquettes (Tirokeftedes)

These cheesy, crispy, amazing croquettes are a very common meze, found in most Greek tavernas, and they’re extremely easy to make at home too!

  • 14 pieces
  • 1 hr 10 mins
  • 115 kcal
  • NF VE
Cheese Croquettes (Tirokeftedes)

Cheese croquettes are a very common meze, and are found in most tavernas in Greece - especially in the islands, like Rhodes, where I am from! Homemade cheese croquettes are just amazing, though - they’re well worth making at home and not just saving until you’re going out to eat.

In Greek they are called ‘tirokeftedes’. These little mouthfuls have a crunchy skin, with a mouthful of gooey, savoury, warm cheese inside. They are perfect as an appetiser with a drink, or as a selection of meze for a bigger meal. Homemade cheese croquettes are just amazing, though, and if you were wondering how to make cheese croquettes - don’t worry, you’ll find this recipe really isn’t tough, and is well worth a go!



This is a very easy Greek meze that you can prepare in advance and store for up to 2-3 months! Prepare the cheese croquettes mixture, roll them into small balls and freeze them. When you need them, just take them out of the freezer for 10 minutes to reach room temperature and pop them in the hot oil.

These can also be done in the oven! Just place them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper and bake them at 200º C for 20 minutes or until they’re golden brown.


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You will need about 1 hour 10 minutes to make 14 pieces of this recipe, which has approximately 115 calories each. Make sure you have all the ingredients and follow these 4 simple steps. If you have any questions, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help!

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Cheese Croquettes (Tirokeftedes)

Cheese croquettes, or ‘tirokeftedes’ in Greek, are a meze staple in the island tavernas. Just imagine, a bowl of fresh, hot cheese croquettes, someone to chat to, a chilled glass of wine in hand, on a terrace by the turquoise sea!

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Jen19 May, 22 @ 5:30pm

These are such an amazing meze! I had them in Santorini last year and always wanted to try and make them myself. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Lindsey28 Nov, 23 @ 2:46pm

Amazing Meze!!! My Greek husband lost his mind over these!!!! Definitely will be making these again!!!!

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