Greek Shrimp Saganaki Recipe

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Several years ago (and before I had kids) I had the chance to visit Europe and taste some of the different cuisines there. Delicious Greek flavors are some of the dishes I enjoyed the most. Since then I have been able to travel more abroad and taste even more traditional food. I’ve recreated many of these recipes at home and this Greek Shrimp Saganaki recipe is the latest!

What is Shrimp Saganaki?

As you can probably tell from the name Shrimp Saganaki (aka Garides Saganaki) it contains shrimp. The word saganaki comes from the traditional two-handed wok in which it is cooked. You’ll also find feta saganaki on many Greek restaurant menus. This Greek dish is usually served with ouzo, an anise-flavored liquor, or white wine.

Shrimp saganaki is shrimp cooked in a bed of fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes, fresh herbs, onions, and feta cheese. Some people like it with spicy tomato sauce but it also tastes good in mild form. If you prefer a spicier version, add some red pepper flakes or chili pieces to the tomatoes as they simmer.

It tastes best when served fresh with hot paneer and boiling tomato chutney!

Tips for the Best Shrimp

Shrimp is very easy to cook, but it can easily be overcooked. You’ll know it’s overdone because it feels and tastes rubbery. I use small to medium sized prawns in this recipe which cooks in just a few minutes. Many shrimp saganaki recipes call for large shrimp or jumbo shrimp, so adjust the cooking time if you use these.

The most important thing is to choose good quality, fresh shrimp, preferably wild caught shrimp. Either fresh or frozen and thawed works here. The shrimp should turn opaque pink when cooked. They will also continue cooking some after they are removed from the heat.

optional decoration

This dish is really full of hearty flavours. Juicy tomatoes combined with creamy feta and seafood create a truly delicious dish. Here are some optional garnishes that take the flavor even further!

  • Top with fresh lemon juice or olive oil before serving
  • Use fresh herbs like chopped parsley (dried parsley works too)
  • Instead of stirring the feta cheese, use it as a topping and fry it a few minutes before serving

Greek Shrimp Saganaki Recipe

This delicious shrimp dish is full of hearty flavor with tomatoes and herbs. Crumbled feta adds the perfect creamy touch. Serve it as an appetizer or main dish!

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  • Add chopped onion and fry until soft.

  • Add chopped parsley, white wine, drained chopped tomatoes, garlic salt and pepper. Cook on low flame for about 20 minutes until the mixture thickens.

  • Add the raw shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp are completely cooked.

  • Add crumbled feta cheese, remove from stove and serve immediately.

nutrition Facts

Greek Shrimp Saganaki Recipe

Amount per serving (1 serving)

calories 445
Calories from fat 234

% daily value*

thick 26 grams40%

saturated fat 10 grams63%

Trans Fat 0.01 grams

polyunsaturated fat 2g

monounsaturated fat 13 grams

cholesterol 233 mg78%

sodium 1516 mg66%

potassium 631mg18%

carbohydrates 11 grams4%

fiber 2 g8%

sugar 4 grams4%

protein 32 grams64%

Vitamin A 614IU12%

vitamin C 16 mg19%

calcium 401mg40%

Iron 2mg11%

*Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

  • You can also add Greek feta cheese on top and fry for a few minutes to brown the cheese. Be sure to use a cast iron or other broiler-safe pan for this.
  • It is kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

What to serve with shrimp saganaki

Since its flavor is so rich this dish is best served with some mild flavours. In Greece, they will use pita bread or crusty bread to dip in the juice. Orzo is another popular choice. It is often served as an appetizer as part of a meze plate with Kalamata olives, dips, fresh vegetables, and cheese. Sourdough bread, grain-free crackers or flatbread, or white rice are also good choices.

Because this dish cooks so quickly it’s also great as a main dish for weeknight dinners. Here are some Greek-inspired dishes to pair it with for a complete meal:

Is your family fans of Greek food? What will you serve with this recipe? Leave a comment and let us know!

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