Many years ago (and before I had children) I had the opportunity to travel around Europe and try some of the different cuisines there. The delicious Greek flavors are some of the dishes that impressed me the most. Since then I have been able to travel abroad more and try even more traditional foods. I’ve recreated several of these dishes 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 (also known as garides saganaki) contains shrimp. The word saganaki comes from the traditional two-handled frying pan in which it is cooked. You will also find saganaki feta cheese on the menus of many Greek restaurants. This Greek dish is usually served with ouzo, an anise-flavored liquor, or white wine.
Shrimp saganaki is shrimp cooked on a bed of fresh or canned tomatoes, fresh herbs, onion, and feta cheese. Some people like it with spicy tomato sauce, but it also has a nice mild flavor. If you prefer a spicier version, add some red pepper flakes or chili flakes to the tomatoes while they simmer.
It tastes best served fresh with warm cheese and bubbling tomato sauce!
Tips for getting the best shrimp
Shrimp are very simple to cook, but can easily be overcooked. You’ll know it’s overdone because it feels and tastes rubbery. I use medium and bite-sized shrimp in this dish that cook in just a few minutes. Many shrimp saganaki recipes call for large shrimp or jumbo shrimp, so if using them, adjust the cooking time.
The most important thing is to choose fresh, good quality shrimp, preferably wild. Here it works fresh or frozen and thawed. The shrimp should be a dull pink color when done. They will also continue to cook a little once removed from the heat.
This dish is really packed with hearty flavors. Juicy tomatoes combine with creamy feta cheese and seafood to create a truly tasty dish. Here are some optional garnishes that enhance the flavor even more!
- Add a splash of fresh lemon juice or olive oil on top before serving.
- Use fresh herbs like chopped oregano (dried oregano works too)
- Instead of adding the feta, use it as a topping and grill a few minutes before serving.
Greek saganaki recipe with shrimp
This delicious shrimp dish is full of hearty flavor with tomatoes and herbs. The crumbled feta cheese adds the perfect creamy touch. Serve it as an appetizer or as a main dish!
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add chopped onions and sauté until softened.
Add the chopped parsley, white wine, drained diced tomatoes, garlic salt and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the mixture thickens.
Add raw shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.
Stir in the crumbled feta cheese, remove from the stove and serve immediately.
Greek saganaki recipe with shrimp
Amount per serving (1 serving)
Calories from fat 234
% Daily value*
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans fat 0.01 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated fat 13g
Vitamin A 614 UI12%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
- You can also add the Greek feta cheese on top and broil it for a few minutes to brown the cheese. Be sure to use a cast iron skillet or other grill-safe pan for this.
- Keeps in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container.
What to Serve with Shrimp Saganaki
Because it is so rich in flavor, this dish tastes better if served with some milder flavors. In Greece, they use pita bread or crusty bread to dip in the juices. Orzo is another popular option. It is often served as an appetizer as part of a mezze plate along with kalamata olives, sauces, fresh vegetables, and cheese. Sourdough bread, crackers or grain-free flatbread or white rice are also good options.
Since this dish cooks so quickly, it’s also great as a main dish for a weeknight dinner. Here are some Greek-inspired dishes to accompany you for a complete meal:
Is your family a fan of Greek food? What would you serve with this recipe? Leave a comment and let us know!