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Shrimp Saganaki (With Tomato Sauce + Feta Cheese)

A delicious, saucy, and cheesy Greek appetizer that you won't be able to stop the bread-dipping!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: cheese, feta, seafood
Servings: 2 to 4 people
Calories: 461kcal


For The Sauce:

  • olive oil
  • ½ small (45 grams) red onion minced
  • ½ small (40 grams) green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove chopped
  • 2 large (200 grams) Pomodori or Roma tomatoes finely diced
  • pinch of sugar
  • 6 tablespoons passata
  • 1 bay leaf

For The Saganaki:

  • olive oil
  • 10 (400 grams) medium-large or large shrimps fresh or frozen
  • a splash of brandy or Ouzo
  • 80 grams feta cheese coarsely crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped


Make The Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan heat a good splash of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic, and cook until softened.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, a pinch of sugar, season with a little bit of salt.
  • Cook stirring occasionally until the tomato starts to drain completely and looks like it's about to stick at the bottom of the saucepan. Then stir in the passata.
  • Cook for a minute more and then pour 2 cups of water wait until it starts to boil again. Season with freshly ground pepper, and add the bay leaf. Turn heat to medium and simmer for approx. 15-20 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Make The Saganaki:

  • Clean and devein the shrimp leaving only one small shell at the top to hold the head in place and a small shell at the bottom to hold the tail. Cut the shrimp's mustaches with a pair of scissors.
    NOTE: You may remove the heads completely if you wish.
  • Heat a splash of olive oil in a non-stick pan over high heat. Add sear the shrimps about a minute on each side.
  • Add the splash of brandy and flambe (set alight briefly if you own a gas stove), or simply wait until the alcohol evaporates completely.
  • Add the sauce to the pan and turn the heat to medium. Add a splash of water if the sauce has gotten too thick. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Flipping the shrimp at least once.
  • Then turn the heat off and stir in the parsley and feta cheese. Leave the pan on the stove until feta cheese softens. And you're ready to serve!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 358mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 1086mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1493IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 357mg | Iron: 3mg