Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta)

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Greek-style shrimp saganaki makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

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Shrimp saganaki, the classic Greek dish of shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce with feta cheese, can be made almost entirely from pantry and freezer staples. It’s one of my go-to meals when I have to hit the kitchen running. You begin by making a quick tomato sauce on the stovetop. Then, you nestle the shrimp in the sauce, top it with chunks of feta, and slide it into the oven to bake. Before serving, you flash the pan under the broiler to brown the feta and then sprinkle fresh mint over top. All that’s left to do is set the pan in the center of the table for everyone to dig in. The sauce is plentiful and packed with flavor, so be sure to serve lots of crusty bread on the side to sop it up.

What you’ll need To Make Shrimp Saganaki
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Step-by-step Instructions

To start, heat the olive oil in a wide oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat and add the shallots and garlic.

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Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Do not brown.

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Add the tomatoes with their juices, salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes, and honey.

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Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.

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Off the heat, arrange the shrimp over the tomato sauce in an even layer.

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Crumble the feta over the shrimp, and then sprinkle with the oregano.

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Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked. Turn on the broiler. Then, using an oven mitt, carefully transfer the pan to the higher oven rack and broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the feta is golden brown in spots. Let the shrimp rest for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with mint and enjoy!

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Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta)

Greek-style shrimp saganaki makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup finely chopped shallots, from about 3 shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (use less if you are heat-sensitive)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1½ pounds extra large shrimp (26/30), peeled and deveined, thawed if frozen
  • 6 ounces feta cheese
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F; set one oven rack in the middle position and another about 5 inches underneath the broiler.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a wide oven-proof skillet (see note) over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Do not brown.
  3. Add the tomatoes with their juices, salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes, and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Off the heat, arrange the shrimp over the tomato sauce in an even layer. Crumble the feta over the shrimp, and then sprinkle with the oregano. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked (the cooking time will depend on the size of the shrimp). Turn on the broiler. Using an oven mitt, carefully transfer the pan to the higher oven rack and broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the feta is golden brown in spots. Using an oven mitt, remove the pan from the oven (and immediately place the oven mitt or a dishtowel over the handle of the pan because it's very easy to forget that it is burning hot). Let the shrimp rest for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with mint and serve.
  5. Note: If you do not have an oven-proof skillet, simply transfer the tomato sauce to a 9-by-13-inch or equivalent broiler-safe baking dish and proceed from there.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 431
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Sodium: 1379mg
  • Cholesterol: 252mg

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Comments

  • This is fantastic! I wasn’t expecting much, not because of the recipe, but because I was using frozen precooked shrimp as well as frozen canned tomatoes, both of which had been in the freezer for some time. The dish came together with very little time or effort. Because I was using precooked shrimp I changed the prep slightly. I thawed the shrimp, tossed them in a bit of olive oil, dusted with Old Bay, then set them aside while making the sauce. I followed the advice of several reviewers and used less salt in the sauce. I also used less cumin and crushed red peppers, but added a bit of coriander and dill. Off heat I added lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh mint, Ouzo and the seasoned shrimp, then crumbled the feta over top, sprinkled with the dried oregano and browned under the broiler. Because the shrimp weren’t cooked in the sauce they didn’t get overcooked and tough.

    • — Sadie on May 16, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn:
    I made this last night.. one word..delicious!!
    Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes..I have loaded so many into my recipe box.
    Thanks for sharing and helping us all become better cooks !!
    Your website is my fav!
    Happy Sunday
    Katherine

    • — Katherine on May 15, 2022
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on May 16, 2022
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  • This was absolutely delicious! I used smoked paprika instead of cumin and I didn’t add mint at the end because I didn’t have any, but regardless, the flavours were incredible. I will definitely be making this again!

    • — Michelle E. on May 13, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn
    I’m making your delicious shrimp saganaki with pasta for a dinner party Saturday. Everyone absolutely loves this dish! I was wondering what you thought about adding scallops to this?
    Thanks for your advice Jenn!

    • — Cindy on May 12, 2022
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    • Hi Cindy, I think scallops would work nicely in this. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on May 12, 2022
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  • 5 stars!! Simple, healthy, and bursting with flavor!

    • — Claire on May 3, 2022
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  • I made this dish tonight. My husband and I loved it. I made basmati rice (his favorite) as a side dish. Great dinner. Leftovers tomorrow.

    • — Judi on April 28, 2022
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  • SO good! Loved the recipe

    • — Amy on April 27, 2022
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  • I have never left a review for an online recipe before but THIS recipe blew me away. Such simple ingredients but such complicated flavor! Both my Husband and I actually said “Wow!” after the first bite. I’ll be looking to this website for more in the future! **The only changes that I made were using 3 fresh heirloom tomatoes, diced, and I forgot to put the honey in when the recipe said so I drizzled it on top for serving.** We heated up some Pita bread drizzled with olive oil to soak up the sauce and it was MUAHHHH!

    • — Elle on April 23, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Thank you for another delicious recipe. I’m still working on not over cooking seafood every time I attempt it. For some reason, I cook these shrimp perfectly. They are delicious every time and it inspires me to finesse my seafood cooking skills. Served over a little orzo pasta with a salad, this is a perfect meal for the family or company. My husband vacuums them down, raving about them the entire time. Thank you for inspiring me to broaden my seafood horizons!

    • — Jane on April 22, 2022
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  • My Wife is like “let’s do shrimp tonight” so I dutifully began searching for something new to make. Ran across this recipe and knew immediately that this was the one. I was short on shrimp (there are only the two of us) and used one shallot instead of three, but otherwise followed the recipe . After all, who can have too much sauce? I served it with garlic bread and an Olive Garden-esque salad and IT WAS AMAZING! For real, I had a tear in my eye as I rinsed that last bit of sauce out of the pan. Just make it. But have plenty of dipping bread!

    • — Jeffrey on April 20, 2022
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  • Made this yesterday for dinner and it was excellent. I simmered the tomatoes on low for longer than listed just because I had time and I had also added a handful of chopped fresh cherry tomatoes that I needed to use.

    • — Danita on April 18, 2022
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  • This was so simple to make and SO delicious, a definite keeper, thank you Jenn for sharing, your receipes never disappoint, keep em coming!

    • — Barbara on April 9, 2022
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  • This was a really delicious different shrimp recipe giving it 5⭐️‘s. I am always looking for different shrimp recipes that do not take away from the flavor of shrimp. I did add 1/2 cup of white wine to the shallots, garlic, herbs, spice mixture and reduced the liquid by 2/3 before adding the tomatoes. I also added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to my raw shrimp before placing on top of the sauce because lemon juice brings out the flavor in seafood. I served it over a small pasta. The feta cheese was really a great flavor melted on top of the shrimp. It made the dish in my opinion. I served it with a nice loaf of French bread too dipping the bread into the feta cheese/tomato sauce. Yummy!

    • — Brenda Taylor Johnson on April 5, 2022
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  • This looks great but we don’t like cumin 🙁 any substitute for it?

    • — Robyn on March 30, 2022
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    • Hi Robyn, Smoked paprika would work nicely as a sub for the cumin. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 31, 2022
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  • What’s the best way to use frozen raw shrimp in recipes such as this; thaw first or allow longer for the frozen shrimp to cook in the pan? Will cooking directly from frozen water down the sauce? Love all your recipes. My sis-in-law made your linguine with clams for us on a recent visit and we became fans!

    • — Elizabeth on March 16, 2022
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    • So glad you like the recipes! I’d definitely thaw the shrimp before cooking them.

      • — Jenn on March 17, 2022
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  • Delicious! I will definitely make this again. I was even out of garlic and had to use garlic powder and did not have mint. Looking forward to trying it with those additions, but it was scrumptious just the same.

    • — Pamela O on March 1, 2022
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  • This recipe was delicious and so easy to make. The only thing I changed was reducing the amount of red pepper flakes to a little less than 1/4 tsp and it was plenty for us. I paired it with cauliflower rice since I am limiting the carbs that I eat. My family loved it and they are picky.

    • — Patty G on February 17, 2022
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  • I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! My husband called it “restaurant quality!” It was so simple to make and I will definitely be making it again! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • — Jen on February 9, 2022
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    • Jenn, looking for a dish to send over to new parents with a health issue. Do you think I could prepare everything to the baking point and freeze?

      • — Allise de Smet on March 3, 2022
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      • Hi Allise, I don’t think this would be the best candidate for that – sorry! I have a large section of Freezer-Friendly recipes though if you want to check those out.

        • — Jenn on March 3, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, I love this recipe! Do you think a white fish would work well too? What would you recommend? Thanks so much!

    • — Nazia on January 30, 2022
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    • Hi Nazia, I do think it would work if you used a thicker fish like cod or halibut. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it with fish!

      • — Jenn on January 31, 2022
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  • This dish is delicious! It’s so flavorful and super-easy. Not a fan of mint so I substituted fresh dill at the end. Served it with the artisan bread (first time making that too!). I highly recommend making this dish.

    • — Linda on January 26, 2022
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  • I made this tonight from your weeknight/weekend cookbook and it was easy and so good!

    • — Denise on January 23, 2022
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  • Absolutely delicious, Jenn… and you are so right. This recipe is made with pantry and freezer staples…. My balcony garden produced the oregano and mint (transferred to indoor pots for the winter). Total time “start to serve” – less than an hour… including the mouth-watering aroma….” Something intoxicating about garlic and shallot saute-ing”.
    Sopped up the delicious sauce with chunks of crusty bread. Worthy of rude lip-smacking, tongue-clucking, and plate-licking… deserves more than 5 thumbs up!
    Thank you Jenn for this addition to our meal rotation…..

    • — Elaine Radu on January 10, 2022
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  • Outstanding! Followed the recipe as written—a great Saturday dinner. The sauce could easily be made ahead, leaving just assembly and baking at dinner time.

    • — Betsy on January 8, 2022
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  • I love love love your site and have both of your cookbooks.

    This is the only recipe we’ve made where the seasoning was off. It was too salty. I suggest no salt added diced tomatoes and reducing the amount of salt, maybe to 1/2 tsp. Feta is salty, you can always add salt but you can’t take it away.

    With the right balance of salt, it is a winner that even my husband could easily make. He (and I) are a fan of the sheet pan dinners because they are easy for a novice cook to make.

    • — Jen on December 31, 2021
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  • I’ve made this a couple of times, exactly as written served with crusty bread and a salad…both times my husband and didn’t touch our salads and finished the bread. This is delicious! Thank you again Jenn 🙂

    • — Sharon on December 30, 2021
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  • I made this tonight and it was amazing. I’m trying to stay on the medditeranean diet (sorry I know I didn’t spell it right) and this dish was just plain awesome.

    • — Jonathan Degenhart on December 22, 2021
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  • So delicious. I’ve made several variations on a shrimp-tomatoes-feta dish over the years from different sources and this is my new favorite. The cumin and honey were unexpected but created a really round, balanced flavor. Yum.

    • — Jen B on November 29, 2021
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  • Hi Jen,
    I can only find large shrimp and not extra large. Will that be ok or are there adjustments I need to make to the cooking time?

    • — Turtle on October 26, 2021
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    • The timing should be fine as is. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 26, 2021
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  • My husband and I LOVE this recipe! I make it often. My only addition is fresh lemon zest when serving. 😋

    • — Kathleen on October 10, 2021
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