In Greece, this stunning Greek Shrimp Saganaki Recipe is usually served as an appetizer. However, it makes a great main dish too. It takes just 30 minutes to make and your key ingredients are shrimp, garlic, Kalamata olives, oregano, red chili flakes, parsley, and Feta.
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Greek Shrimp Saganaki Recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
In Greek cuisine, saganaki is any one of a variety of dishes prepared in a small frying pan, the best-known being an appetizer of fried cheese.
Other dishes cooked in a saganaki pan include shrimp saganaki and mussels saganaki. These are typically feta-based and includes a spicy tomato sauce.
Serve up this Greek shrimp saganaki recipe as an appetizer with crusty bread to scoop up the savory tomato sauce.
Or for a main course, serve on a bed of cooked zucchini noodles, rice, bulgar, or quinoa instead.
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon, Amazon Fresh, or other stores if available online. Staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., aren’t always included here as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ALL ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card.
- Fresh Produce – Garlic, Red Onion, Parsley
- Protein – Shrimp
- Dairy – Feta Cheese
- Dry White Wine – use a wine that you enjoy drinking
- Canned Crushed Tomatoes – crushed tomatoes are somewhere between tomato sauce (passata) and chopped tomatoes. In the UK look for Passata Rustica which is essentially the same thing as crushed tomatoes. It amazes me how even some simple ingredients are different the world over, and a problem I run into as an international blog!
- Kalamata Olives
- Dried Dill
- Dried Oregano – use Greek oregano if you can buy it locally
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
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More Recipes Using Shrimp
One of the hero ingredients in this dish is shrimp, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Flavorsome Grilled Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers For Tacos & Salads
- Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus
- Italian-American Shrimp Oreganata Recipe with Cannellini Beans
More Greek Recipes
Looking for more Greek dishes to make? Check these recipes out next:
- Greek Salad Skewers Are A Quick & Simple Appetizer for Parties!
- Greek Steak Salad with Feta & Kalamata Olives
- Greek Orzo Salad with Feta
How Do I Make Greek Shrimp Saganaki?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 1 (15-oz/400g) can crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1 tsp dried Greek oregano
- ½ tsp crushed red chili flakes
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 lb (450g) large (16/20 ct.) shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 3 Tbsp fresh parsley leaves, chopped and divided
- 4 oz (100g) Feta cheese, crumbled
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and red onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion softens and starts to turn golden brown.
- Add white wine to deglaze the bottom of the skillet, scraping up any brown bits with a spatula.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add crushed tomatoes, olives, dill, oregano, and red chili flakes. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
- Simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add shrimp and 2 tablespoons of the parsley. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until shrimp just turns pink. Do not overcook the shrimp.
- Remove from heat and adjust seasonings, to taste.
- To serve, transfer to a serving dish and top with remaining fresh parsley and crumbled Feta cheese. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 493mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Special Dinner!
You’ve made the main dish (or appetizer if you choose), but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a dinner party or special meal:
- Appetizer: How to Cook the Most Amazing Oven Roasted Artichokes
- Soup: Authentic Greek-Cypriot Avgolemono – Egg Lemon Soup
- Salad: Cypriot Village Salad
- Main Dish: Kleftiko – Greek Slow Cooked Lamb + Potatoes
- Side Dish: Greek-Style Lemon Potatoes
- Beverage: Cucumber Cantaloupe Mint Fizz
- Dessert: Delicious & Easy Lemon Hand Pies
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy – please feel free to check them out too.