Shrimp Saganaki

Popular in Greek cuisine, shrimp saganaki is a culinary delight. If you have also visited Greece, it is impossible not to have enjoyed the shrimp saganaki that you can find in any tavern. It is the kind of preparation that brings a smile to the face of every hungry person. I love Greek dishes and this recipe is easy to cook and the taste is authentic. It is very important to flavor the tomato sauce with basil and garlic as it gives flavor to the entire dish. Feta cheese is the one that always makes me think of Greece, and that’s why I try to choose one of the highest quality. Enjoy the harmony of flavors of this dish with your loved ones.

preparation time: 5 min  |  cooking time: 25 min  |  serves: 2

Shrimp Saganaki


400 g peeled shrimp
juice from a lime and a pinch of salt
100 g feta cheese
50 ml olive oil
1 onion
400 g canned chopped tomatoes
1/2 of hot pepper
3 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon of each spice: oregano, thyme, and pepper
1 bunch of parsley and 10 fresh basil leaves


  1. If you can’t find shelled shrimp or prefer unshelled shrimp to prepare this recipe you need to start by shelling and cleaning them. Then remove the shell and tail of each shrimp, one at a time. Then, with the help of a knife, remove that black “vein” that is along the length of the shrimp. I usually use shelled and cleaned shrimp because it saves time and the shrimp saganaki recipe is the recipe I usually prepare quickly for a relaxing dinner.
  2. Start by putting a little salt on the shelled shrimp and then marinate them in the lemon/lime juice with a pinch of salt.
  3. In a pan, put the olive oil together with the finely chopped onion. Saute the onion for 10 minutes on low heat and stir it from time to time.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes and half of the hot pepper – cook it whole just for flavor and after 10 minutes on low heat take it out of the sauce.
  5. Add finely chopped basil leaves, pressed garlic, and spices (oregano, thyme, and pepper).
  6. Mix gently and cook on low heat for another 5 minutes.
  7. After you prepare the sauce, add the shrimp to it and put the whole composition into an oven tray.
  8. Grate feta cheese over the composition and bake for 10 minutes at 360°F degrees.
  9. The dish is ready to serve, but not before sprinkling the freshly chopped parsley.

Good appetite! 🙂

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How and how long can you store these saganaki shrimp?

This dish is delicious and full of flavor when it’s warm, just out of the oven. So it is preferable to eat it fresh. If you have even half a serving left, my advice is to store it in the fridge, in a small tin with a lid, or in a bowl that you cover with plastic wrap. It can stay in the fridge until the next day, so you can have a super aromatic breakfast. All you have to do is toast a slice of bread and enjoy this delicacy.

If you have a larger portion left, you can enjoy a hearty lunch that will cheer up your day and take you away with your thoughts… to Greece.

What do I usually serve these shrimp saganaki with?

I love to serve shrimp saganaki with a tasty pita. Because I can’t always find it at the store, I also settle for some lightly toasted slices of bread or occasionally a baguette with butter and garlic that I baked in the oven. I try to avoid butter consumption as much as possible because I avoid bringing such a large intake of fat into my body.

In Greece, shrimp saganaki is also macerated in a little ouzo, about 50 ml (the traditional Greek drink). I did not use this ingredient in the preparation of the shrimp because it is not found everywhere and it seems to me that the taste is much better prepared without ouzo. Therefore, in Greece, locals, and tourists also enjoy a glass of ouzo when serving the wonderful shrimp saganaki.

However, ouzo is a very strong drink and not everyone wants to drink it. And if you are not in Greece, you may not find this traditional Greek drink at the store. But I have good news! Shrimp Saganaki goes perfectly with almost all types of wine. We are dealing with a complex-tasting dish, with sweet and salty aromas and a little acidity, but experts tell us that the Chianti variety is perfect. A Sauvignon Blanc or even a Cabernet Sauvignon red wine is also suitable. All you need to know is that Chardonnay should be avoided when serving shrimp saganaki.

But, if you don’t drink alcohol and want to enjoy an excellent gastronomic experience, go ahead and make a delicious, cold lemonade with lots of lemon juice, honey, and fresh mint flavor. A kindness!

Other Greek dishes that I love to prepare and enjoy with my loved ones:

Oh, Greek cuisine is at the top of my favorites. As elegant as it is, you can easily turn it into street food. What I like most about Greek cuisine is that I always discover dishes in various combinations that I would never have thought of. I find it incredible!

From Greek Potatoes Salad to the most mouth-watering desserts, Greek cuisine is a dream! I love their fresh desserts and therefore I learned to prepare the famous portokalopita cake myself. It is by far the most flavorful and freshest cake I have ever eaten. It is perfect for hot summer evenings. I also enjoy the traditional tzatziki sauce during the summer. When I have guests I like to make vegetarian baked zucchini balls that we serve with tzatziki sauce. It’s super easy and quick to make and always a go-to. I have not met yet a person who tells me that he doesn’t love Greek food.

In general, the food around the Mediterranean is the most appreciated. What I’ve noticed compared to other countries is that around the Mediterranean, the portions are smaller, which is a good thing. And I strongly believe that the people there, or people who adopt a Mediterranean diet, live longer and better. I can only be glad that the Mediterranean restaurants have kept their portion sizes and the quality of the food they serve to both locals and tourists. Unfortunately, especially in developed countries, food portions are huge at most restaurants. And that is a very bad thing. As people are unconsciously manipulated and forced to consume as much as possible. And this is not good for our bodies.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones! 🙂

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