Years ago (before having children), I had the opportunity to travel to Europe and taste some of the different cuisines. The delicious Greek flavors are among the dishes that have stuck with me the most. Since then, I’ve been able to travel abroad more and try even more traditional dishes. 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 pan with two handles in which it is prepared. Feta Saganaki can also be found on the menus of many Greek restaurants. This Greek dish is usually served with Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, or white wine.
Shrimp Saganaki is shrimp cooked in a bed of fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes, fresh herbs, onions, and feta cheese. Some like it with a spicy tomato sauce, but it also tastes mild. If you prefer a spicier variation, add a few red pepper or chili flakes to the tomatoes while simmering.
It is best served fresh with warm cheese and bubbly tomato sauce!
Tips for the Best Shrimp
Shrimp is very easy to prepare but can easily be overcooked. You’ll know it’s overdone when it feels and tastes rubbery. In this dish, I use bite-sized, medium shrimp that are done in just a few minutes. Many Shrimp Saganaki recipes call for large or jumbo shrimp. If you use these, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
The most important thing is to choose high-quality, fresh shrimp, preferably wild-caught. Fresh or thawed frozen shrimp work here. When the shrimp are done, they should have an opaque pink color. They will also continue to cook a little once removed from heat.
This dish is really full of hearty flavors. The juicy tomatoes, along with the creamy feta and seafood, create a truly flavorful dish. Here are some optional garnishes to enhance the flavor even more!
- Before serving, drizzle with fresh lemon juice or olive oil
- Use fresh herbs like chopped oregano (dried oregano works as well)
- Instead of stirring the feta cheese in, use it as a topping and broil it for a few minutes before serving
What to Serve with Shrimp Saganaki
Due to its rich flavors, this dish is best paired with more subtle flavors. In Greece, flatbread or crusty bread is used to soak up the juice. Orzo is another popular option. It is often served as an appetizer as part of a mezze platter along with Kalamata olives, dips, fresh vegetables, and cheese. Sourdough bread, grain-free crackers, or flatbread, or white rice are also good options.
Since this dish is so quick to prepare, it also makes a great main course for a weeknight dinner. Here are a few Greek-inspired dishes you can combine 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!