Shrimp Saganaki – The Greek Staple [VIDEO]

by Tatiana
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Allow me to delight you today with a special recipe – the shrimp saganaki. This Greek recipe is based on delicious shrimp, which I’m sure you’re crazy about. And who isn’t? The juicy and tender taste of shrimp makes millions of gourmets around the world favor them instead of fish or meat.

So, today is about Shrimp Saganaki, which is amazingly quick to make. But believe me, the major benefit of this recipe is not the preparation time. Everything revolves around the texture, the refined taste, and the harmonious combination between the shrimp tenderness and the slightly spicy sauce. All this is completed with an attractive aesthetic, making this meal the first that your family or guests will try.

In order to enjoy this weeknight meal to the highest degree, I recommend preparing some crusty bread at the same time. You don’t know what you’re missing if you refuse to soak up the bread in the scrumptious shrimp sauce. And I know that the diet rules are against the carbohydrates in crusty bread. But leave this recipe as a guilty pleasure to enjoy once in a while. Though, the beautiful part of things is that the recipe is easy and very diet-friendly if you exclude the bread from it. The flavor remains as delicate and breath-taking, be sure of that. If you looove shrimp, here are some recipes to save:

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A little history of the scrumptious Shrimp Saganaki

The Shrimp Nagasaki is, in my opinion, a dish that deserves all 5 Michelin stars. This is only if you prepare it correctly and follow all the steps in this recipe. In the end, you should get a tender, creamy and juicy texture with soft shrimp, all infused in tomato sauce with notes of garlic.

By the way, my children learned to eat shrimp thanks to this recipe. Until then, they looked a bit reluctantly at any shrimp dish, whether it was salad or soup. So, go ahead with this offering if you face the same issue. As for the husband, he will probably rediscover you once he tries this delicacy.

Probably the name of this dish does not sound very familiar to you. And I understand the reason; after all, the term “Saganaki” is of Greek origin. Matter of fact, this term includes a multitude of recipes that are prepared in a small two-handed frying pan.

What is specific to saganaki dishes is that they include all types of cheese that melt in the frying pan. After melting them, the chefs add the main ingredients in the creamy and tasty texture of the initially added cheeses. Who wouldn’t like such a combination?

Today’s recipe is no exception to tradition and will also include plenty of cheese that you can lick your fingers. Shrimp Saganaki is probably the most beloved Mediterranean recipe that I can never get enough of. I think it will become yours once you try it. Do you want to bet?

Ingredients you will need for the Shrimp Saganaki

  • Shrimp or prawns, both will do. I recommend opting for extra large, or at least, large shrimps. Also, you can get peeled shrimp so that you don’t waste much time preparing them;
  • Tomatoes, canned or fresh ones will both do. If you are in season, I recommend going for the fresh option. They will add extra flavor to the dish. If it is difficult to find them out of season, the canned ones are a good alternative;
  • Extra virgin olive oil. Any other type of olive oil is also an option. But the extra virgin version is the most beneficial for health;
  • One block of Feta cheese. Opt for a high-quality product that adds velvety texture and tangy flavor to our recipe;
  • Fresh or dried oregano, both will do;
  • Red pepper flakes to your tasting to add the degree of spiciness you prefer;
  • Garlic and shallots if available. If not, one traditional onion will do;
  • Fresh parsley as you want your dish to look gorgeous and smell fresh.

Steps to follow when preparing shrimp saganaki

Let’s go directly to the preparation process, as I know I already left your mouth watering. So, want a quick-made recipe? – No problem. This is one of the main advantages of the Shrimp Saganaki dish. This should not take much time for preparation and create much hustle in your kitchen. Also, it’s ok if you don’t have an authentic saganaki pan. An enameled cast iron braiser is a good alternative to it.

Start the process by sautéing the chopped garlic and onion in some extra virgin olive oil. When you feel that the smell becomes abundant and the texture of the onion becomes soft, it’s time to add the tomatoes. If you have canned tomatoes, just pour them into the iron brazier. If, on the other hand, you opted for fresh tomatoes, chop them before putting them in the pan. I like to mix both fresh and canned tomatoes. At this point, it is the right time to add some extra flavor under the name red pepper flakes and oregano. Let all the ingredients simmer over low heat until the excess liquid evaporates and a thick sauce is formed.

Once the texture of the sauce becomes relatively condensed, it’s time to add the shrimp and raise the temperature a bit. Shrimp only need a few minutes to prepare and they will turn red once they are done. At this stage, grate the block of Feta cheese on top of the mass and cover the pan with a lid or place it under the broiler without a lid.

All you have to do is wait until the Feta cheese melts and forms a brown crust in places. This means that the dish is ready and you can season it with parsley for a more attractive aesthetic. That’s all you have to do for a delectable shrimp dish.

How to serve shrimp saganaki

It is hard to find another shrimp dish that can compete with this Shrimp Saganaki. The beautiful part is that it is so versatile, that you can serve it both as an entrée dish and as an appetizer. In the same context, you can combine it with some zucchini recipes such as sauteed zucchini with garlic or spinach, feta, and zucchini casserole to stick to the Mediterranean-Greek theme.

Also, you can combine it with any type of pasta, rice, or spaghetti, depending on how much you take into account your calorie intake. Either way, this Shrimp Saganaki pairs wonderfully with a glass of white wine to compensate for the lack of it in the dish, if you chose the alcohol-free option. Enjoy!

shrimp saganaki recipe

Shrimp Saganaki

Shrimp saganaki revolves around the texture, the refined taste, and the harmonious combination between the shrimp tenderness and the slightly spicy sauce.
4.29 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Vegetarian
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Servings 6 people
Calories 271 kcal


  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 lb tomatoes fresh
  • 1 can tomatoes peeled
  • 1 medium onion or shallot
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 block feta cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 handful parsley fresh


  • Saute the chopped onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent
  • Add the canned tomatoes and the fresh chopped tomatoes
  • Season with salt, add the oregano and chili flakes
  • Let simmer for about 15 minutes without a lid, for the liquids to evaporate
  • Add the deveined shrimp and mix, allow to cook for a couple of minutes
  • Sprinkle with chopped/grated feta cheese
  • Cover with a lid for the feta cheese to melt
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley
  • Serve with pleasure


Calories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 22gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 915mgPotassium: 445mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 902IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 255mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 30 minute meal, easy meal, Healthy recipe, mediterranean recipe, shrimp meal
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Amy Sparks August 16, 2023 - 1:49 pm

5 stars
This dish looks divine. I thought it was much more complicated to make something like this. I’m expecting friends over for lunch this weekend, and I know they love Mediterranean cuisine. I will make this dish, especially when I see how short it takes to prepare. Thank you very much for this fantastic recipe.

Cookie August 25, 2023 - 12:55 pm

Amy thank you for your appreciation!

Denise September 17, 2023 - 3:44 pm

5 stars
When I first saw this dish, my mouth started watering. Today, I prepared it for lunch, and oh boy, it’s incredibly tasty! However, due to my son’s garlic allergy, I omitted that ingredient. Shrimp is quite expensive at our nearby it’s not a meal I would frequently prepare. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to prepare it again! I have created a Pinterest account to bookmark and track my favorite recipes, and I have also begun following your profile @delicerecipescom :)

Cookie September 19, 2023 - 6:52 am

Hello Denise,
So nice and so delighted to hear😘

Mary November 26, 2023 - 3:45 pm

3 stars
I would love to make this recipe. However your quantities are lacking. What size can of tomatoes? What size block of feta? Can crumbled be used? What kind of oregano? Please let us know for the most authentic taste.

Cookie November 29, 2023 - 9:06 am

Hello Mary, I’m excited you’d love to make this recipe, because indeed it is a very good one! Regarding your questions, here’s everything you were confused about:
1. What size can of tomatoes? A medium 15-ounce can will do.
2. What size block of feta? Traditional feta cheese chunk of 8 oz block.
3. Can crumbled be used? I never saw already crumbled feta on market shelves, I always buy one feta block and then use a fork to crumble it. However, if you find crumbled feta, go ahead and buy it.
4. What kind of oregano? Dried oregano, just like I mentioned in the recipe. But you can use fresh oregano as well, actually, it is even better.

Also, when you feel unsure about something, you can always watch the video of the recipe, it is in the article.
Let me know how this recipe turns out! xoxo :)

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