Many years ago (and before I had kids) I had the chance to tour Europe and sample some of the different cuisines there. The delicious Greek flavors are some of the dishes that stuck with me the most. I’ve since been able to travel more overseas and try even more traditional foods. I’ve recreated several of these dishes at home and this Greek shrimp saganaki recipe is the latest one!
What is Shrimp Saganaki?
As you can probably tell from the name shrimp saganaki (aka garides saganaki) has shrimp in it. The word saganaki comes from the traditional two-handled skillet it’s cooked in. 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, onion, and feta cheese. Some people like it with a spicy tomato sauce but it tastes good mild too. If you prefer a spicier version then add some red pepper flakes or chili flakes to the tomatoes as they simmer.
It tastes best served fresh with the warm cheese and bubbling tomato sauce!
TipsFor the Best Shrimp
Shrimp is very simple to cook, but it can easily overcook. You’ll know it’s overdone because it feels and tastes rubbery. I use bite-sized medium-sized shrimp in this dish which cook in just a few minutes. Many shrimp saganaki recipes call for large shrimp or jumbo shrimp so if you use these then adjust the cook time.
The most important thing is to choose good-quality, fresh shrimp, preferably wild-caught. Either fresh or frozen and thawed works here. The shrimp should be an opaque pink color when done. They’ll also continue to cook some once taken off of the heat.
This dish is really packed with hearty flavors. The juicy tomatoes combine with the creamy feta and seafood to make a really flavorful dish. Here are some optional garnishes that boost the flavor even more!
- Add a drizzle of fresh lemon juice or olive oil to the top before serving
- Use fresh herbs like chopped oregano (dried oregano also works)
- Instead of stirring the feta cheese in, use it as a topping and broil it a few minutes before serving
Greek Shrimp Saganaki Recipe
This delicious shrimp dish is full of hearty flavor with the tomatoes and herbs. Crumbled feta adds the perfect creamy touch. Serve it as an appetizer or as a main dish!
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add chopped onions and saute until softened.
Stir in 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 approximately 5 minutes or until shrimp are just cooked through.
Mix in crumbled feta cheese, remove from stovetop, and serve immediately.
Greek Shrimp Saganaki Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Vitamin A 614IU12%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
- You can also add the Greek feta cheese to the top and broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese. Be sure to use a cast iron or other broiler-safe skillet for this.
- This keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container.
What to Serve With Shrimp Saganaki
Because it’s so rich in flavor this dish tastes best served with some milder flavors. In Greece, they’ll use pita bread or crusty bread to dip in the juices. Orzo is another popular option. It’s often served as an appetizer as part of a mezze platter along with kalamata olives, dips, fresh veggies, and cheese. Sourdough bread, grain-free crackers or flatbread, or white rice are also good options.
Since this dish cooks so quickly it’s also great as a main course for a weeknight dinner. Here are a few Greek-inspired dishes to pair it with for a full meal:
Is your family a fan of Greek food? What would you serve with this recipe? Leave a comment and let us know!